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Paramount Theater

A historic theater in downtown Austin showcases live music, comedy and film screenings. 

The Paramount Theatre sits in a busy area of restaurants, cafés and clubs on North Congress Avenue in the heart of downtown Austin. You can find all sorts of cultural fare at the Paramount. In the past this has included musical theater productions of classics like Evita or My Fair Lady, performances by comedians such as Rodney Dangerfield, or intimate speaking events with stars such as Glenn Close. There are also live shows from musical greats like B.B. King and regular screenings of recent or classic movies. 

You never know what you’ll find here: a set of contemporary folk music, for example, or a movie marathon. Ticket prices for events vary depending on what you want to see. Check the Paramount Theatre web site for a calendar of events and more details. 

This charming theater took less than a year, and $150,000, to build in 1915. Its red brick and white detailing is a mix of classical revival and baroque revival architecture. Vaudevillian acts were the first type of performances here, followed by silent movies, then "talkies." Major films have premiered here over the years, including the first Batman movie in 1966 and Sin City in 2005. The Paramount played a major role in the war effort in the 1940s by raising money for the troops. It is one of only a few theaters remaining in the country that originally screened Casablanca in 1942 when the film was released. 

You won't have any trouble finding something to eat before your show. Much of the downtown area is arranged in a grid, so it’s easy to navigate on foot. Buses stop along Congress Avenue and the downtown train station is a 10-minute walk from the Paramount. 


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Lodging Near Paramount Theater

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$113
Omni Austin Hotel

Omni Austin Hotel

700 San Jacinto Blvd, Austin
4.3
of 5, from 2,606 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Located in the middle of downtown, this Austin hotel is one block from the 6th Street entertainment district, 5 blocks from the convention center, and 6 blocks from the State Capitol.

$132
Residence Inn by Marriott Austin Downtown/Convention Center

Residence Inn by Marriott Austin Downtown/Convention Center

300 E 4th St, Austin
4.6
of 5, from 460 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

Residence Inn Austin Downtown sits opposite the Austin Convention Center. Guests can walk 11 minutes to Austin Museum of Art, and the University of Texas is a mile away. The restaurants and clubs of 6th Street, Austin's entertainment and music hub, are 3 blocks from the hotel.

$84
La Quinta Inn Austin Capitol / Downtown

La Quinta Inn Austin Capitol / Downtown

300 E 11th St, Austin
3.3
of 5, from 1,857 reviews
2.5 out of 5.0

This downtown Austin hotel is 2 blocks from the Texas State Capitol and 6 blocks from Symphony Square.

$129
Hyatt Place Austin Downtown

Hyatt Place Austin Downtown

211 E 3rd St, Austin
4.5
of 5, from 1,757 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Just 1 block from Austin Convention Center, the 17-story Hyatt Place Austin Downtown is an ideal conference base. The Sixth Street Entertainment District, home to dozens of restaurants, bars, shops, and Austin’s famous live music scene, is a 5-minute walk.

$99
Hilton Austin

Hilton Austin

500 E 4th St, Austin
4.3
of 5, from 2,347 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

In the heart of downtown, the 26-story Hilton Austin is 1 block from the 6th Street Entertainment District, the hub of Austin's live-music scene; less than a mile from the State Capitol and Congress Avenue Bridge.

$129
Aloft Austin Downtown

Aloft Austin Downtown

109 E 7th St, Austin
4.4
of 5, from 28 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Located in Downtown Austin, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Paramount Theater and Governor's Mansion. Texas State Capitol and Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum are also within 1 mi (2 km).

$139
The Driskill - in the Unbound Collection by Hyatt

The Driskill - in the Unbound Collection by Hyatt

604 Brazos Street, Austin
4.5
of 5, from 2,016 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Built in 1886 by a Texas cattle baron, this richly appointed hotel is in downtown's 6th Street Entertainment District, six blocks from the convention center and a half-mile from the State Capitol. The Lady Bird Lake is just blocks away.

$152
JW Marriott Austin

JW Marriott Austin

110 E 2nd St, Austin
4.6
of 5, from 642 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Located in Downtown Austin, this spa hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Austin Children's Museum, Governor's Mansion, and Texas State Capitol. Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum and Blanton Museum of Art are also within 2 mi (3 km).