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For Immediate Release: May 4, 2005
Contact: Cheryl Cordonero @ 510-893-2300 x801

Paramount Theatre Ranked #11 in Pollstar Magazine

(Oakland, CA) The Paramount Theatre in Oakland, CA is ranked at #11 of the Top 50 Theatre Venues Worldwide in Pollstar’s First Quarter Ticket Sales Report. The concert industry magazine tracks and publishes first quarterly ticket sales reports for all concert/performance venues which includes; arenas, theatres, and clubs in addition to tours and promoters.

This is the second time the Paramount Theatre in Oakland has made it to the charts. In Pollstar’s Mid-Year Ticket Sales Report published in June 2004, the Paramount Theatre in Oakland ranked #25 of the Top 50 Theatre Venues Worldwide.

"The Paramount Oakland is the venue of choice for artists, agents, and promoters. Given the Bay area’s diversity, affluence, and patron loyalty, the authentically-restored 3,040-seat Art Deco historic venue has become a must-play for entertainers," said Leslee Stewart, General Manager. "People from all over the Bay area enjoy coming to the Paramount Theatre because we have a great staff, we are focused on customer service, and we offer great shows," Stewart continued.

First quarter performances included Tyler Perry’s Madea Goes to Jail, The Whispers & Howard Hewitt, Jill Scott, Bill Cosby, Journey, Pat Metheny Group, Bob Dylan, Alicia Keys, Elvis Costello and Eddie & Gerald Levert, just to name a few.

Owned by the City of Oakland and operated by Paramount Theatre of the Arts, Inc., a California non-profit corporation, the Paramount Theatre is located at 2025 Broadway. Since July 1999, the Paramount Theatre has been operating as a self-supporting venue that relies on donations and scheduled shows to continue its operation. Originally opened in 1931, the Paramount Theatre was renovated and authentically-restored to its original Art Deco design in 1973. The Paramount Theatre is entered into the National Register of Historic Places, is a California Registered Historical Landmark and is a U.S. National Historical Landmark. For more information, call Leslee Stewart at 510-893-2300 Ext. 803.


For Immediate Release: July 22, 2004
Contact: Tim Martinez @ 916-743-1028

Paramount Theatre Ranked #25 in Pollstar Magazine

(Oakland, CA) The Paramount Theatre in Oakland, CA is #25 of the Top 50 Theatre Venues Worldwide in Pollstar's Mid-Year Ticket Sales Report. The concert industry magazine gives a mid-year report for all concert/performance venues which includes; arenas, amphitheatres, theatres, and nightclubs. This is the first time the Oakland Paramount has made it to the charts. "This report is a great indicator of how promoters, agents, artists, and ticket buyers perceive the Paramount Theatre", said Leslee Stewart, General Manager. "Our goal is to be number one".

The Paramount Theatre ranked #25 with 67,656 tickets sold. "Our patrons are loyal because it is our management and staff's priority to make sure that we exceed the guests' overall expectations" stated Stewart. "That is why our motto is 'Always the Best Show in Town'."

The diverse schedule of shows for the first half of 2004 included performances by; Jerry Seinfeld, Chris Rock, Josh Groban, Sting, Erykah Badu, George Lopez, Natalie Cole, If These Hips Could Talk, Ginuwine, Enrique Iglesias, The Temptations and the Four Tops, Madea's Class Reunion, Gerald Levert & Will Downing, Mary Black, Air, The Whispers, and the Crown Royal Comedy Festival.

Owned by the City of Oakland and operated by Paramount Theatre of the Arts, Inc. (a California non-profit corporation), the Paramount Theatre is located at 2025 Broadway. Since July 1999, the Paramount Theatre has been operating as a self-supporting venue that relies on donations and scheduled shows to continue its operation. Opened in 1931, the Paramount Theatre was remodeled and authentically restored to its original Art Deco design in 1973. The Paramount Theatre is entered in the National Register of Historic Places, is a California Registered Historical Landmark and is a U.S. National Historical Landmark. For more information call Leslee Stewart at 510-893-2300 ext. 803.




For Immediate Release: June 21, 2004
Contact: Tim Martinez @ 916-743-1028

Paramount Theatre GM Accepted at
IAAM Senior Executive Symposium


(Oakland, CA) General Manager Leslee Stewart has accepted to attend the Senior Executive Symposium by the International Association of Assembly Managers, it was announced by the Paramount Theatre. The course will take place over three years, in four-day increments so that each executive can immediately implement what they have learned. The Symposium will take place at Cornell University beginning on June 25. "I am very excited to attend the Senior Executive Symposium," said Stewart. "The information that will be covered addresses many of the day to day situations that our industry experiences." The Senior Executive Symposium is offered to executive level managers at a qualified public assembly facility. The four day symposium is instructed by the staff at Cornell University's School of Hotel Administration. Topics of the symposium will cover: Managing Change, Creating Strategic Advantage, Implementing Strategy, Change Management, Strategic Marketing, Leadership Styles & Assessment. The next year the course will cover Managing People, Diversity in the Workplace, Ethical Dimensions of Leadership, Loyalty & Brand Management, and Applied HR Strategies. The third and final year will cover Managing Your Business, Strategic Decision-Making, Value Analysis & Engineering, Facility Yield Management, Negotiation Skills, Service Management, and Leading With Vision. The objectives of the IAAM are to promote and develop professional management of public assembly facilities, to standardize practices and ethics of management and relationships with the public, to develop and maintain liaison with national and international organizations in allied fields and to provide such advancement of the Association. The fundamental goal of IAAM is to contribute to the professional and personal development of public assembly facility manager members through promotion and development of quality programs and services. Owned by the City of Oakland and operated by Paramount Theatre of the Arts, Inc. (a California non-profit corporation), the Paramount Theatre is located at 2025 Broadway. Since July 1999, the Paramount Theatre is a self-supporting venue that depends on donations and scheduled shows to continue its operation. Opened in 1931, the Paramount Theatre was remodeled and authentically restored to its original Art Deco design in 1973. The Paramount Theatre is entered in the National Register of Historic Places, is a California Registered Historical Landmark and is a U.S. National Historical Landmark.




For Immediate Release: May 26, 2004
Contact: Tim Martinez @ 916-743-1028

Paramount Theatre Selects Gordon Chun Design for Theatre Logo

(Oakland, CA) The Paramount Theatre announced that Gordon Chun Design of Berkeley has been selected to design the logo for the Paramount Theatre. This will be the first official logo for the Paramount Theatre in its seventy-four year existence. The announcement, made by Leslee Stewart, General Manager of the Paramount Theatre, finalizes a two-month search for a graphic design firm to create the logo.

"The Paramount Theatre has utilized script writing and images that are a part of the unique art deco design for its stationary and business cards, but there has never been an official logo," stated Stewart. "We are very excited to bring in someone of Gordon Chun's caliber to design a logo that will lend itself to the Paramount Theatre."

Known for his work with the Oakland Museum of California, the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco, the Monterey Bay Aquarium, and the Charles M. Schulz Museum, to name a few, Gordon Chun Design specializes in working with exhibits and museums throughout the Bay Area. "We are delighted to have been selected to create a logo design for a true Oakland landmark," said Gordon Chun. "The historic brilliance of the building and the wide range of events it has housed over the years offer a treasury of images that we will consider for the final logo."

The logo will be used for stationary, business cards, merchandise, and the branding of the Paramount Theatre. The logo will be used for the creation of brochures to present to promoters at conferences and trade shows. The logo will also be featured when the Paramount Theatre celebrates its 75th Anniversary in 2006.

Owned by the City of Oakland and operated by Paramount Theatre of the Arts, Inc. (a California non-profit corporation), the Paramount Theatre is located at 2025 Broadway. Since July 1999, the Paramount Theatre has been a self-supporting venue that depends on donations and scheduled shows to continue its operation. Opened in 1931, the Paramount Theatre was remodeled and authentically restored to its original Art Deco design in 1973. The Paramount Theatre is entered in the National Register of Historic Places, is a California Registered Historical Landmark and is a U.S. National Historical Landmark.




For Immediate Release: April 25, 2004
Contact: Tim Martinez @ 916-743-1028

Paramount Theatre Announces Spring Movie Classics Schedule

(Oakland, CA) The Paramount Theatre has announced its spring movie classics schedule that includes a brand new print of the Oscar winning film, "The Graduate." The 1967 movie, which won an Academy Award for "Best Director" Mike Nichols, stars Dustin Hoffman as a young college graduate who becomes involved in an affair with a middle-aged woman and then falls for her daughter. This coming of age classic features Oscar nominated performances by Anne Bancroft (Best Actress), Katherine Ross (Best Supporting Actress), Hoffman (Best Actor) and was also nominated for Best Picture.

The Paramount Theatre shows classic movies on Friday nights throughout the year. "We are extremely fortunate to have received a new print of 'The Graduate' from Columbia Pictures," said Jeff Ewald, Operations Manager of the Paramount Theatre. "This will provide our audience the opportunity to see this film just as it first appeared to the public back in 1967." "The Graduate" is scheduled for Friday, June 11, at 8 pm.

The spring schedule of films that will run through mid June include: "Harvey," starring James Stewart, Friday, May 7; "Viva Las Vegas," with Elvis Presley, Ann-Margaret and race cars, Friday, May 14; "The Graduate," and "The Bad and the Beautiful," starring Kirk Douglas, Friday, June 18. "The Bad and the Beautiful" was nominated for six Academy Awards including Best Picture, and took home five Oscars to include Best Supporting Actress to Gloria Grahame. "I am excited that we are able to show several movies that have never been seen before at the Paramount Theatre," stated Ewald. "We have been in discussions with several motion picture distributors to send us new movie prints as well, which only benefits our theatre patrons." Tickets for any of these classic movies can be purchased in advance or at the door at the Paramount Box Office. For information call 510-465-6400 or visit our website at www.paramounttheatre.com.

Owned by the City of Oakland and operated by Paramount Theatre of the Arts, Inc. (a California non-profit corporation), the Paramount Theatre is located at 2025 Broadway. Since July 1999, the Paramount Theatre is a self-supporting venue that depends on donations and scheduled shows to continue its operation. Opened in 1931, the Paramount Theatre was remodeled and authentically restored to its original Art Deco design in 1973. The Paramount Theatre is entered in the National Register of Historic Places, is a California Registered Historical Landmark and is a U.S. National Historical Landmark.




For Immediate Release: March 24, 2004
Contact: Tim Martinez @ 916-743-1028

Paramount Theatre Named City's Best for 2004

(Oakland, CA) The Paramount Theatre has been chosen as one of the best, "Places for Live Music" by AOL Cityguide, City's Best 2004 it was announced last week. The Paramount Theatre along with Yoshi's at Jack London Square, were the only City of Oakland music venues on the City's Best guide for 2004. The list included venues from around the Bay Area including San Francisco, Oakland, and San Jose. AOL Cityguide considered tens of thousands of businesses in a variety of categories for the designation of City's Best. The list was based on reputation, editorial coverage, and feedback from the millions of users of the AOL Cityguide service. "I am extremely proud to be the only non-profit venue to be included on this list," said Leslee Stewart, General Manager of the Paramount Theatre. "As a non-profit organization, our mission, support and philosophy coupled with our historical designation, sets us apart from the "for-profit venues." The City's Best list included Shoreline Amphitheatre, The Fillmore, the Warfield Theatre, Yoshi's, Slim's, and Chronicle Pavilion to name just a few. The AOL Cityguide website is visited by more than 13 million people each month searching for the best establishments in their hometown, and in the cities they plan to visit. The Cityguide audience is twice as large as any other leading service and included categories for Dining, Activities, Local Favorites and Nightlife. Each category then had a list to choose from i.e., Best Mexican Food, Best Coffeehouse, Best Breakfast, Best Lunch, Best Pizza, etc. "The Paramount Theatre provides top quality entertainment for the diverse population in the Bay Area and beyond," stated Stewart. "We have theatre goers that travel from as far away as Stockton, Sacramento, Modesto, Monterey, and Fresno. Our slogan is "Always the best show in town". Owned by the City of Oakland and operated by Paramount Theatre of the Arts, Inc. (a California non-profit corporation), the Paramount Theatre is located at 2025 Broadway. Since July 1999, the Paramount Theatre is a self-supporting venue that depends on donations and scheduled shows to continue its operation. Opened in 1931, the Paramount Theatre was remodeled and authentically restored to its original Art Deco design in 1973. The Paramount Theatre is entered in the National Register of Historic Places, is a California Registered Historical Landmark and is a U.S. National Historical Landmark.




For Immediate Release: March 11, 2004
Contact: Tim Martinez @ 916-743-1028

Paramount Theatre Follows Record Breaking January With Busy February

(Oakland, CA) The Paramount Theatre followed its record setting month of January with a very busy February. The Paramount Theatre was host to 22,000 patrons and sold over $1 million dollars in gross tickets sales. "This two month run of shows demonstrates what our staff is capable of," stated Leslee Stewart, General Manager of the Paramount Theatre. "We are extremely happy with the way 2004 is shaping up after a somewhat disappointing 2003."

The list of shows for February included sold out performances by Erykah Badu, Sting, Ginuwine, Enrique Iglesias, Valentine's Day Love Serenade featuring The Whispers & Johnny Gill, and speaker Karen Hughes who serves as President Bush's Communications Director. Other shows for the Paramount Theatre included the Oakland East Bay Symphony, the classic films Paths of Glory and The Women, along with the travel film series of South Africa and Denmark & Sweden. "The only disappointment was that one of the sold out Sting shows was cancelled due to his illness or those numbers would have been even higher," said Stewart. "The amount of people attending events at the Paramount Theatre over January and February is proof that our guests are comfortable coming here and the artists enjoy performing in this unique and historic venue. This has been the best attended 2 months at the Paramount Theatre during my tenure as general manager."

The schedule for March is set and includes the following: The Temptations & The Four Tops, Crown Royal Comedy Festival, Mary Black, speakers David and Julie Eisenhower and Garrison Keillor, as well as 5 performances of "If These Hips Could Talk," starring Billy Dee Williams and Robin Givens. Future shows include Groovin' for Grover, George Lopez, Natalie Cole and AIR. For more information go to www.paramounttheatre.com.

Owned by the City of Oakland and operated by Paramount Theatre of the Arts, Inc. (a California non-profit corporation), the Paramount Theatre is located at 2025 Broadway. Since July 1999, the Paramount Theatre is a self-supporting venue that depends on donations and scheduled shows to continue its operation. Opened in 1931, the Paramount Theatre was remodeled and authentically restored to its original Art Deco design in 1973. The Paramount Theatre is entered in the National Register of Historic Places, is a California Registered Historical Landmark and is a U.S. National Historical Landmark.




For Immediate Release: February 19, 2004
Contact: Tim Martinez @ 916-743-1028

Paramount Theatre's GM to Serve on Art Deco Exhibit Committee

(Oakland, CA) The Paramount Theatre's General Manager, Leslee Stewart, has been asked to serve on the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco Art Deco 1910-1939 Exhibition Committee as announced last week. The exhibit, Art Deco 1910-1939, will be presented at the California Palace of the Legion of Honor in Lincoln Park, San Francisco, March 6 to July 4, 2004.

The exhibit comes to San Francisco following its critical and popular successes at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London and the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto. It will have special significance for many in the Bay Area as the Art Deco style was often reflected in Bay Area art and architecture. "To be a part of this exciting exhibit creates natural ties for us at the Paramount Theatre," stated Stewart. "The Paramount Theatre was built in 1931 and was authentically restored to its original Art Deco design in 1973. Our goal is to cross promote with the exhibit as much as possible."

The Paramount Theatre will offer free tours of the theatre with a paid ticket stub of the Art Deco exhibit during the run of the exhibit. Tours of the Paramount Theatre are conducted on the first and third Saturday of each month at 10 am. For more information contact the Paramount Theatre at 510-893-2300 or visit our website at www.paramounttheatre.com.

The Paramount Theatre was architect Timothy Pflueger's most flamboyant creation and continues to delight and astound people to this day. His Art Deco works of art include: Pacific Telephone, 450 Sutter, the Stock Exchange, and I. Magnin. "Few men have left more stately and useful monuments to their cities and themselves," wrote Steven Levin. "Fifty-five years later, these monuments remain every bit as vivid." To many local residents, "Bay Area Art Deco" and Timothy Pflueger are synonymous.

Owned by the City of Oakland and operated by Paramount Theatre of the Arts, Inc. (a California non-profit corporation), the Paramount Theatre is located at 2025 Broadway. Since July 1999, the Paramount Theatre is a self-supporting venue that depends on donations and scheduled shows to continue its operation. Opened in 1931, the Paramount Theatre was remodeled and authentically restored to its original Art Deco design in 1973. The Paramount Theatre is entered in the National Register of Historic Places, is a California Registered Historical Landmark and is a U.S. National Historical Landmark.




For Immediate Release: February 10, 2004
Contact: Tim Martinez @ 916-743-1028

Paramount Theatre Sets Record Attendance/Gross for the month of January

(Oakland, CA) The Paramount Theatre set attendance and gross records for the month of January. The schedule of shows included three performances of Chris Rock, 4 performances of Jerry Seinfeld, 6 shows of Madea’s Class Reunion, Gerald Levert and Will Downing, Classic Soul Jam, Josh Groban, and a showing of Casablanca to round out the record setting month. “A total of 40,650 patrons walked through our doors,” stated Leslee Stewart, General Manager of the Paramount Theatre. “This was the biggest month in the five years that I have been here and the most attended month as far as my records indicate.”

The 4 sold-out performances of Jerry Seinfeld were also the highest grossing engagement in the tenure of Stewart as GM. The ticket sale gross of $819,390 is a record since the renovation/re-opening of the Paramount Theatre back in 1973. The Seinfeld shows also brought in 12,001 patrons to the downtown Oakland venue. The 3 sold out performances by Chris Rock included a total attendance of 8,883 and a total gross of $448,000. In all, ticket sales grossed $2,097,390 for the month of January. “January is traditionally a slower month for us at the Paramount Theatre,” said Stewart. “However, the Chris Rock and Jerry Seinfeld shows were all within the first 10 days of the month. This carried over to the rest of January so the run of Madea’s Class Reunion and the sold out Josh Groban show were icing on the cake. The economic impact of three times the total gross, shows the city of Oakland that the Paramount Theatre is doing its part”

The schedule for the month of February is shaping up very nicely at the Paramount Theatre. Performances by Erykah Badu, Valentine Day Love Serenade starring The Whispers, Ginuwine, Sting and Enrique Iglesias are all on sale. Also The Temptations & The Four Tops, Crown Royal Comedy Festival as well as 5 performances of “If These Hips Could Talk,” are scheduled for the month of March. For more information go to www.paramounttheatre.com.

Owned by the City of Oakland and operated by Paramount Theatre of the Arts, Inc. (a California non-profit corporation), the Paramount Theatre is located at 2025 Broadway. Since July 1999, the Paramount Theatre is a self supporting venue that depends on donations and scheduled shows to continue its operation. Opened in 1931, the Paramount Theatre was remodeled and authentically restored to its original Art Deco façade in 1973. The Paramount Theatre is entered in the National Register of Historic Places, is a California Registered Historical Landmark and is a U.S. National Historical Landmark.
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