While we continue to wait on the restoration efforts, a quick look back to 1998 keeps us happy! Thanks Clark!
CRATOS has added a Twitter feed to the mix! Now you can see our updates on our main website, on Twitter at http://twitter.com/cedarrapidsatos and Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/balaban1a.
It was an incredible night at the Paramount Theatre in Cedar Rapids. A sold out gala performance by Harry Connick, Jr.
A sign of a fully functioning theatre - the marquee at the Paramount is fully lit up and promoting the upcoming shows. Around this time next year it should say “CRATOS PRESENTS…”
The Paramount’s restoration and grand-reopening is a feature in today’s edition of The Gazette. Some great then/now photos, plus links to other related articles. Thanks to Diana Nolan for keeping the Wurlitzer in the news, too!
More Paramount re-opening news from our friends at The Gazette - Diana Nolan provides great coverage of the ribbon cutting and tours from earlier today, and some fantastic photos of the theatre and the Wurlitzer console:
“…where a spotlight was shining on the replacement console for the Mighty Wurlitzer.”
It’s official: The Paramount Theatre is open! The new (old) Wurlitzer Opus 1907 console was a highlight of the tours today. Darren Ferreter, CRATOS President, showed off the new console to the hundreds of visitors to the theatre today.
We have a new console, but our Balaban1A won’t be playing until later in 2013. In the meantime we can enjoy the recordings and footage we have from the past. Here’s one of our favourites from Clark Wilson, made after tonal work was done on the Wurlitzer in 1998.
Ken Crome delivered the “new” console for our Wurlitzer today, and it really looks great! The console and a refurbished 10HP spencer blower were moved into their respective locations in the theatre. Work begins in the chambers today in preparation for the return of the pipework in early 2013.