5% Donation Rate on Amazon Smile – One Day Only!

Thursday, March 16 is your chance to give a little something extra to The Paramount!

To celebrate their #1 ranking in customer satisfaction by the ACSI, Amazon will donate 5% (10 times the usual donation rate) of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to The Paramount Theater of Charlottesville on Thursday, March 16.

Your consideration while you shop is greatly appreciated. Because ticket sales cover only 50% of operating costs for the non-profit 501(c)(3) Paramount Theater, every gift counts – and we thank you in advance for choosing The Paramount on Amazon Smile!

For more information and to get started on Amazon Smile, CLICK HERE.

Want to make another gift to The Paramount? CLICK HERE to donate!

Met Live in HD Explained

In addition to our National Theatre Live in HD performances, The Paramount is also proud to offer the Met Live in HD series.

Similar to NT Live shows, Met Live in HD performances are broadcast live from the Metropolitan Opera in New York City. Past performances include Wagner’s infamous Ring cycle, the classic Tristan and Isolde, and the ever-popular Madama Butterfly. These stunning performances are broadcast right from the Met’s stage, and have been a favorite of The Paramount’s opera-loving community since the first broadcast at the Theater in 2008.

This season, we are excited to have four wonderful productions remaining, including:

La Traviata

Saturday, March 11 at 12:55PM
Sonya Yoncheva sings one of opera’s most beloved heroines, the tragic courtesan Violetta, a role in which she triumphed on the Met stage in 2015, opposite Michael Fabiano as her lover, Alfredo, and Thomas Hampson as his father, Germont. Carmen Giannattasio sings later performances of the title role opposite Atalla Ayan, with the great Plácido Domingo as Germont. Nicola Luisotti conducts.

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Saturday, March 25 at 12:55PM
Mozart’s first operatic masterpiece returns to the Met in the classic Jean-Pierre Ponnelle production, conducted by Music Director Emeritus James Levine. The superb ensemble includes Matthew Polenzani as the king torn by a rash vow; mezzo-soprano Alice Coote in the trouser role of his noble son Idamante; soprano Nadine Sierra as Ilia; and soprano Elza van den Heever as the volatile Elettra, who loves Idamante to the bounds of madness.

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Eugene Onegin

Saturday, April 22 at 12:55PM
Tchaikovsky’s setting of Pushkin’s timeless verse novel is presented on the Met stage in Deborah Warner’s moving production, starring Anna Netrebko and Peter Mattei* as Tatiana and Onegin. Alexey Dolgov sings the role of Lenski, and Robin Ticciati conducts.

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Der Rosenkavalier

Saturday, May 13 at 12:30PM
The dream cast of Renée Fleming as the Marschallin and Elīna Garanča as Octavian star in Strauss’s grandest opera. In his new production, Robert Carsen, the director behind the Met’s recent Falstaff, places the action at the end of the Habsburg Empire, underscoring the opera’s subtext of class and conflict against a rich backdrop of gilt and red damask, in a staging that also stars Günther Groissböck as Baron Ochs. Sebastian Weigle conducts the sparklingly perfect score.

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Tickets to these events are $18.00 for students, $22.00 for seniors, and $24.00 for adults.

Check back on The Paramount’s website and sign up for our newsletter to stay in the loop on all things Met Opera, including show announcements!

Win Two Tickets to Paramount Presents: Rosanne Cash on March 9!

We can’t wait to welcome Grammy winner Rosanne Cash to The Paramount’s stage on Thursday, March 9 at 8:00PM – and to share our excitement, we are giving away two tickets to the show to one lucky winner!

Entering is easy – all you have to do is visit our Facebook page and share the below post, and we will select a winner on Wednesday, March 8.

Singer-songwriter Rosanne Cash, a Nashville Songwriters Hall-of-Fame inductee, will play songs from her acclaimed album The River & the Thread. Written by Cash and her husband and collaborator, John Leventhal, The River & the Thread garnered three Grammys in 2015 including Best Americana Album, Best American Roots Performance, and Best American Roots Song. Her soulful style is an ode to the American South and often tell stories that portray the spectrum of the human experience, from a Civil War soldier to a present-day couple in Alabama.

Learn more about Rosanne Cash here.

Sensory-Friendly Events at The Paramount

The Paramount is pleased to offer our audiences an alternative screening option for some events that will provide a positive viewing experience that is welcoming to all individuals, but those specifically with sensory sensitivities. We first offered this viewing option during the holiday season with a sensory-friendly broadcast of The Polar Express! Because of the excitement and overall request for The Paramount to offer more events, like this, we are pleased to say it will become a part of our programming objectives.

What exactly does it mean when a movie is “Sensory-Friendly”?

At The Paramount, a Sensory-Friendly film is shown as produced, but is presented with accommodations such as:

  • Sound levels reduced
  • House lights will remain on at a low level
  • Ear plugs will be available upon request
  • Audience members will be welcome to enter and exit the theater as needed. There will also be a space to walk and move around easily in the lobby.
  • When possible, there will be a quiet room on located on the fourth floor for those who need to take a break from the film.

Join us for a sensory-friendly screening of Disney’ Pixar’s Toy Story [G] this Sunday, March 5 at 11:30AM. Tickets are available here.

For more information, please call the Box Office at 434.979.1333.

Thank you to UVA’s Autism Theatre Project for partnering with The Paramount to create a positive experience for our sensory friendly screening of Toy Story.

Open Captions – Tell Us What You Think!

This year, we are excited to roll out several new initiatives to make it easier for our patrons to tell us what they think and what they would like to see at the Theater – specifically using surveys! Last week at Decades Entertainment’s presentation of Decades Rewind, we were happy to receive great feedback from patrons, including a request to make available films with open captioning.

This feedback is important to us, and we are proud to say that The Paramount has previously offered many captioned movies such as Titanic, Big, and Slumdog Millionaire. We would be equally proud to offer more captioned films like this in the future!

In the spirit of gathering patron feedback, we would like to ask for your suggestions on which films should be shown with open captioning. Tell us what you’d like to see! Email us at info@theparamount.net, call us at 434.979.1333, or message us on Facebook, or in our live chat feature on www.theparamount.net.

Additionally, don’t forget to fill out our surveys, which will be available in the playbills at all of our performances; in the upcoming newsletters which will be mailed to supporters and displayed in the Box Office; and at our feedback podiums in the Lobby and first floor of the Theater. Your feedback is always welcome and appreciated.

Join The Paramount for Free Community Events!

As a local non-profit, it is a treat each time The Paramount Theater opens its doors to the community for free events. Whether sponsored by the theater, or through a partnership with a local agency, bringing the community in for no cost is a pleasure. Free events such as broadcasted UVA Men’s Basketball games and the World Cup on the big screen, or screenings of holiday movies take a lot of hard work by volunteers and staff. We are proud to be a part of such a giving community of staff and sponsors who help make these events possible.

We are thrilled to offer the following upcoming free community events:





Free Historic Tours of The Paramount Theater

Learn about The Paramount’s beginnings in 1931 and our long legacy of community involvement from the Great Depression to the magical reopening. See the backstage Wall of Fame, where hundreds of artists have left their autographs and more! Reservations for the tour are strongly recommended, as space is limited.

Upcoming Tour Schedule:

  • Saturday, March 18 at 11:00AM
  • Wednesday, March 29 at 12:00PM and 5:30PM
  • Saturday, April 1 at 11:00AM
  • Thursday, April 20 at 12:00PM and 5:30PM

Click HERE to register.

Hospice of the Piedmont, Sentara Martha Jefferson Hospital, and the University of Virginia Schools of Nursing and Medicine Present: Being Mortal

Saturday, March 18 at 3:00PM

Join the Hospice of the Piedmont, Sentara Martha Jefferson Hospital, and the University of Virginia Schools of Nursing and Medicine for a free screening and discussion of the PBS Frontline documentary Being Mortal. Based on the best-selling book by Dr. Atul Gawande, this film explores the hopes of patients and families facing terminal illness and their relationships with the doctors, nurses, and family members who care for them.

WVPT PBS Kids Presents: Clifford We Love You

Saturday, March 25 at 9:30AM

WVPT invites you to come celebrate their love for Clifford, that Big Red Dog, during the Virginia Festival of the Book. Celebrate our children’s love of reading and enjoy a WVPT/PBS KIDS Clifford show on the big screen for FREE at The Paramount Theater!  The first 200 families to arrive will receive a free Clifford We Love You book!

We are always announcing new free community events – stay informed by signing up for our newsletter at the bottom of this page or checking back regularly at http://staging.theparamount.net/free-events.

In Honor of a Uniquely Kind Character

Did you know?

Today is National Caregivers Day! In that spirit, we’d like to honor one of our favorite fictional caregivers, Amélie!

Played by the striking Audrey Tautou, the subtly eccentric title character of the 2001 award-winning French film is a shy but thoughtful young woman whose selfless acts make her a special kind of caregiver. A grieving widow, a recluse artist, and a mysterious man in the Metro station all become the subjects of Amélie’s kindness – when it’s not getting her into trouble.

Inhabit the streets of Montmartre with this intriguing caregiver when we screen Amélie [R] on Sunday, February 19 at 2:00PM. Tickets are only $7 and are on sale now!

Purchase tickets to Paramount Presents: Amélie [R] HERE.

So, What Exactly is the National Theatre Live in HD Series?

At The Paramount Theater, we strive to offer a wide variety of events, with a clear goal in mind:  to not only provide entertainment and education opportunities, but also to make all types of performance art and beyond accessible to the Charlottesville-Albemarle community.

In manifesting our mission at the forefront of our programming, one important piece of every year’s lineup is the National Theatre Live in HD series. Each year, The Paramount broadcasts live performances from London’s West End. Past performances include Hamlet starring Benedict Cumberbatch, Of Mice and Men starring James Franco and Chris O’Dowd, and Arthur Miller’s A View from the Bridge starring Mark Strong.

With every National Theatre performance, audiences can expect well-known and critically acclaimed productions, award-winning actors, and incredible sets. Though the productions (which are performed in London) are not played in real time, they are expertly filmed so that when they appear on the big screen at The Paramount the show truly comes to life in Charlottesville.

We are thrilled to offer three incredible productions in the National Theatre Live in HD series at The Paramount in the upcoming months, including:


Saturday, February 25 at 7:00PM
Lucian Msamati (Luther, Game of Thrones, NT Live: The Comedy of Errors) plays Salieri in Peter Shaffer’s iconic play, broadcasting live from the National Theatre with live orchestral accompaniment by Southbank Sinfonia.
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, a rowdy young prodigy, arrives in Vienna, the music capital of the world – and he’s determined to make a splash.

Tickets to National Theatre Live in HD: Amadeus HERE

Saint Joan

Sunday, April 2 at 7:00PM
From the torment of the Hundred Years’ War, the charismatic Joan of Arc carved a victory that defined France. Bernard Shaw’s classic play depicts a woman with all the instinct, zeal and transforming power of a revolutionary.

Tickets to National Theatre Live in HD: Saint Joan HERE

Hedda Gabler

Sunday, April 23 at 7:00PM

Hedda and Tesman have just returned from their honeymoon and the relationship is already in trouble. Trapped but determined, Hedda tries to control those around her, only to see her own world unravel.

Tony Award-winning director Ivo van Hove (A View from the Bridge at the Young Vic Theatre) returns to National Theatre Live screens with a modern production of Ibsen’s masterpiece.

Tickets to National Theatre Live in HD: Hedda Gabler HERE

Tickets to these broadcasts are $10.50 for students, $12.50 for seniors, and $14.50 for adults. We are always announcing new live broadcasts – sign up for our newsletter at the bottom of this page to stay in the loop on NT Live in HD announces!

Nonprofit Piedmont Landscape Association Seminar at The Paramount

Nonprofit Renters Hold a Special Place in Our Hearts!

Did you know that The Paramount Theater is a nonprofit organization?

As a nonprofit, we at The Paramount make our best effort to support other Charlottesville-Albemarle area nonprofits to ensure that the community has access to services at the Theater at an affordable price. One way that we make this effort is by offering a special rates to nonprofit organizations wishing to rent the space.

We are particularly excited to welcome a nonprofit that has been a longstanding friend of The Paramount – the Piedmont Landscape Association!

On Thursday, February 16, the Piedmont Landscape Association will hold their annual seminar at The Paramount. A day-long event that draws in hundreds of landscaping experts and enthusiasts, the PLA Seminar covers topics ranging from gardening best practices to the evolution of the horticulture industry. The 2017 PLA Seminar will feature such knowledgeable speakers as Allan Armitage, Nancy Ross Hugo, and Peggy Singlemann.

Tickets to the PLA Seminar are still available and can be purchased HERE.

We are always thrilled to welcome nonprofits to The Paramount – reach out to us today to ask about our nonprofit rate for your next event!


The Perfect Paramount Downtown Date

Happy Valentine’s Day from all of us at The Paramount! We may be a bit biased, but we think there’s nothing better than a romantic night out in Charlottesville with your sweetheart, whether it’s on Valentine’s Weekend or beyond. Surprise your special someone with a night on the Downtown Mall – and take some inspiration from our Perfect Paramount Downtown Date ideas below!

Flashback Friday

Remind your honey of the good ole’ days with a flashback night full of fun nostalgia! On Friday, February 17 at 8:00PM, enjoy the sensational Matt Lewis – USA Today’s “Best Elvis in Vegas”, who will show you a night of Burnin’ Love! And before the show, treat yourself to a juicy steak or salmon filet at Water Street Restaurant, right on the Downtown Mall.

Tickets to Paramount Presents: Matt Lewis – Long Live the King HERE

Soirée française

Add a French flair to your romantic adventure in Charlottesville! On Sunday, February 19 at 2:00PM, scheme with the quirkiest girl in Montmarte during a screening of Amélie [R]. Then, pop next door for to-die-for French cuisine at Petit Pois. We guarantee you’ll be hearing “je t’aime” before the night is through!

Tickets to Paramount Presents: Amélie [R] HERE


Classy and Classical

For the couple who can’t resist a bit of elegance, there’s nothing more tasteful (literally) than the gift of the absolutely divine chocolate from Gearharts. Treat yourself to a sampling of Gearharts before a visit to The Paramount on Saturday, February 25 at 12:55PM – take your afternoon from classy to classical with our live broadcast of the Metropolitan Opera’s Rusalka, starring the beautiful Kristine Opolais.

Tickets to Met Live in HD: Rusalka HERE

Channel Your Inner Child

Sometimes the best Valentine is your little one! Show your kids the time of their life this season with a fun day spent downtown. First, excite their curiosity at the Virginia Discovery Museum, where they can explore scientific exhibits and even a mini Paramount Theater before the real thing! Afterwards, hit the sweet spot with a delicious variety of ice cream at The Paramount’s next door neighbor Chaps. Finish off the night with the unique and visually captivating Momix – Opus Cactus on Sunday, February 26 at 7:30PM at The Paramount, and witness a blend of physical theater, circus, athleticism, and comedy unlike anything your child has ever seen before.

Tickets to Paramount Presents: Momix – Opus Cactus HERE