Few summer traditions in Austin are as enduring as the Paramount Theatre’s classic film series; it’s been around for 46 years.
It was cancelled in 2020 of course, because of the coronavirus pandemic. But now Paramount leaders announced today that beginning Memorial Day Weekend, the classic film series returns. And as per tradition “Casablanca” will be the film that opens the series on May 27.
Expect a level of pandemic protocols though. While the 1300-seat Paramount plans to open to full capacity in this fall, in the meantime it will operate at 25% capacity through May, then move to a 50% capacity social distanced seating starting June 1.
The theatre ticketing system automatically blocks out multiple seats around each reservation to guarantee appropriate physical separation.
Masks are required for all patrons over the age of 10 unless eating or drinking in your seat. For additional protocols see austintheatre.org/health.
Details on May and June films can be found at austintheatre.org/film; July films will be announced on June 22 and the final batch of summer films will be released on July 20.
The Paramount opened in 1915 as the Majestic Theatre and Harry Houdini performed there in 1916. Two years later, the 1918 influenza pandemic swept the world.