Gazette guest columnist Kathleen McNamara of Fairfax doesn’t agree with the policy that permits refreshments to be brought into the main auditorium at the newly-renovated Paramount Theatre.
“Bringing The Paramount back to its former glory was a monumental undertaking,” said McNamara, a retired music educator and choreographer with the Alburnett and Cedar Rapids school districts who also served various community theater and music organizations. “I applaud and thank everyone responsible for their expert planning, craftsmanship and epic persistence so necessary for the renaissance of our beautiful theater. Your endeavors have enriched this community.
“I cannot, however, applaud a policy that encourages and permits food, soda and alcoholic beverages inside the main theater area during performances or at any other time. In my estimation, consumption of food and drink should be allowed only in designated areas beyond the auditorium.
“A $34 million investment was needed to bring this theater back to us. Let us not allow a faulty policy to undermine the renovation. Nor should this policy be allowed to infringe upon or diminish the importance of audience participation and appreciation for talented performers, who, through the arts, generate inspiring experiences in our lives.
“Some Broadway theaters allow concessions in the performance area. Lincoln Center does not. For all practical purposes, The Paramount is our Lincoln Center,” McNamara concludes. “Let us all help to protect this remarkable investment by demanding a change in the current refreshment policies at The Paramount.”
What do you think? Should the refreshment policy at the Paramount Theatre be changed to protect the facility?