Arts, Dining & Entertainment

Paramount Theatre expands Live in HD programming

RUTLAND — The Paramount Theatre recently announced the unveiling of their third LIVE in HD programming initiative: Live in HD from the 92nd Street “Y” Speakers Series and the second half of the Live in HD from the National Theatre Series. In a commitment to the continued exploration of vibrant uses of the Expanded Exhibition Technology, the two programs will run concurrently, March 22 through June 3. All tickets priced at $15. Patrons can charge-by-phone by calling 802-775-0903 or purchase online at

The Live in HD from the 92nd Street “Y” Speaker Series will address the long standing programmatic desire of the Paramount to bring notable Speakers (from a wide spectrum of fields) to the offerings at the Paramount. This new Speakers Series from one of the outstanding multi-faceted arts and culture institutions in our nation is a cost-effective, low priced solution to putting relevant issues and accomplished professionals into our annual programming. 

Bruce Bouchard, Executive Director, commented, “We have long dreamed of somehow bringing a speaker series onto our stage. The ability to bring these broadcasts into our programming addresses a cost effective solution both for the theatre and interested audiences. Should the Speaker series follow in the footsteps of the successful Live in HD from the Metropolitan Opera Series, we look forward to offering this unique programming for years to come.”

He continued, “This inaugural series addresses a wide variety of topics; from food to the ethics of modern journalism to political flashpoints to metaphysical speculation. We are particularly pleased to be offering the second installation for the 2014-2015 Season of our Live in HD from the National Theatre of Great Britain Series, which will run concurrently with our new Speaker Series.”   

Live from the 92nd Street “Y” Speaker Series encore broadcasts screen at 7 p.m. The series begins with with Jane Pauley and Tom Brokaw on March 25. Pauley and Brokaw reunite for an inspiring discussion about “the lucky generation”—boomers who, at 50 and up, are finding their true callings.

Future screenings include Mario Batali and Mark Bittman with “Cooking Fast and Cooking Slow” on April 15; American & Israel: “The Way Forward” on April 29; Alan Alda and Jane Pauley with “When Your Life is on Fire — What Would You Save?” on May 20; David Axelrod with David Remnick in “Believer” My 40 Years in Politics on June 3.

Simultaneously, the Paramount will be offering four additional titles from the Live in HD from the National Theatre of Great Britain. Bouchard commented, “This amazing and visionary program does for theatre what Live in HD from the Metropolitan Opera does for Opera: great plays, great actors and a great technology which puts the audience in the center of the action. We are so very happy to have expanded the use of our new technology via this tremendous program from one of the most influential institutional theatres in the world today.” 

Live in HD from the National Theatre of Great Britain encore broadcasts screen at 2 p.m. The series continues on March 22 with “Of Mice and Men” by John Steinbeck. The theatre screening starring James Franco and Chris O’Dowd, directed by Anna Shapiro, is the beloved classic of a unique friendship in depression era California.

Future screenings include “Treasure Island” on April 5; “Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time” on April 19; “A View from the Bridge” on May 3.

Tickets for all screenings are $15. The Paramount Theatre is located at 30 Center Street in Downtown Rutland.

For more info, visit or call 802-775-0903.

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