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“Christmas Spectacular” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Paramount theater

Paramount theater
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Cedar Rapids, Iowa
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94 reviews
20 attraction reviews
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“Christmas Spectacular”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 June 2014

I've been to the Christmas spectacular two years in a row and it's always highly enjoyable. The performances are outstanding, and the theater is just magnificent. So much so that my fiance and I are renting the theater to have our wedding pictures taken there.

Visited December 2013
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Cedar Rapids, Iowa
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“Amazing Facility”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 April 2014

We've seen many different types of entertainment here, the last being Hal Holbrook's Mark Twain show. The shows stand on their own, but the theater is a classic. After the flood of 2008 destroyed almost everything, they have meticulously restored the entire facility. In addition to a restoration that included research on every aspect of the facility, they've introduced technology and comfort features. If you can take your eyes of the ornate features that are simply everywhere, you might even watch a good show.

Visited March 2014
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Huxley
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3 attraction reviews
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“Paramount Theater - Restored to Glory”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 April 2014

Loved this restored theater on our two visits, one to see a live jazz performance and one to see a Celtic group, and both were greatly enjoyable in part because of the charm of this gorgeous hall. Built in the 1920s, restored in the early 2000s, flooded in 2008, and re-opened again in 2012, the theater is on the National Register of Historic Places.

For both performances we bought tickets in the highest level of the balcony and still enjoyed the sound and sights. Compared to some theaters we've been in that were built much more recently, this one brings you closer to the stage even at the back. The interior has a warmth to its décor that will have you settling in and enjoying the theater even when a performance isn't going on.

Visited March 2014
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Cedar Rapids, Iowa
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31 reviews
18 attraction reviews
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“Theater Fun”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 April 2014

Great place to relax and see a great show. Always something going on at the Paramount.Newly remodeled from the flood and just beautiful.

Visited May 2013
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Cedar Rapids, IA
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24 attraction reviews
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“A star is reborn”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 April 2014

The Paramount was such a jewel, an old downtown theater still serving as a venue for live theater companies, the city orchestra, and other extravaganzas... when it went completely under water during the flood of 2008, shortly after a total refurbishment, many of us thought it was gone forever. However, some very determined and visionary folks made it happen and now the Paramount is back and better than ever. The painted detail, the re-created carpet and the Mighty Wurlitzer are all back. You really need to see this theater!

Visited December 2013
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