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Celebrating the Paramount Theatre with Joan Jett & The Blackhearts

The Paramount Theatre hosted its Anniversary Gala supporting the historic preservation of Austin's oldest theaters

Paramount Theatre Gala Austin 2024 Lauren Garcia, Stacey Rodrigues, Emily Baker, Katie Mider Pajo, Elena Slaton, Pete Garcia, Brooke Elkins
Lauren Garcia, Stacey Rodrigues, Emily Baker, Katie Mider Pajo, Elena Slaton, Pete Garcia, Brooke Elkins at the Paramount Theatre Gala. (photo by Kevin Garner)

On Saturday, May 11, The Paramount Theatre hosted its annual Anniversary Gala, an event dedicated to supporting the historic preservation of Austin’s oldest theatres and their award-winning education programs. This year’s celebration marked a significant milestone, commemorating 109 years of the Paramount and 89 years of the State Theatre.

The evening was inspired by the headliner, Joan Jett & The Blackhearts, and the iconic 70s and 80s clubs where Jett first made her mark. In a nod to this legendary era, Congress Avenue was transformed into a vibrant two-block dive bar, complete with dancing in the street, creating an atmosphere reminiscent of the rock and roll clubs of yesteryear.

Teri and Jerry Naiser at the Paramount Theatre Gala Austin 2024 (photo by Kevin Garner)
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Teri and Jerry Naiser at the Paramount Theatre Gala Austin 2024 (photo by Kevin Garner)

Lisa and Mike Pizinger at the Paramount Theatre Gala Austin 2024 (photo by Kevin Garner)
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Lisa and Mike Pizinger at the Paramount Theatre Gala Austin 2024 (photo by Kevin Garner)

Joan Jett Performing at the Paramount Theatre Gala Austin 2024 (photo by Rachel Parker)
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Joan Jett Performing at the Paramount Theatre Gala Austin 2024 (photo by Rachel Parker)

Molly Collie and Casey Rowe at the Paramount Theatre Gala Austin 2024 (photo by Kevin Garner)
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Molly Collie and Casey Rowe at the Paramount Theatre Gala Austin 2024 (photo by Kevin Garner)

Joan Jett Performing at the Paramount Theatre Gala Austin 2024 (photo by Rachel Parker)
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Joan Jett Performing at the Paramount Theatre Gala Austin 2024 (photo by Rachel Parker)

Steven and Janel Gonzalez at the Paramount Theatre Gala Austin 2024 (photo by Kevin Garner)
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Steven and Janel Gonzalez at the Paramount Theatre Gala Austin 2024 (photo by Kevin Garner)

Gale Valley and Stacey Martinez at the Paramount Theatre Gala Austin 2024 (photo by Kevin Garner)
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Gale Valley and Stacey Martinez at the Paramount Theatre Gala Austin 2024 (photo by Kevin Garner)

Oscar and Janie Gonzalez at the Paramount Theatre Gala Austin 2024 (photo by Kevin Garner)
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Oscar and Janie Gonzalez at the Paramount Theatre Gala Austin 2024 (photo by Kevin Garner)

Cheri Gross and Pat Baker at the Paramount Theatre Gala Austin 2024 (photo by Kevin Garner)
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Cheri Gross and Pat Baker at the Paramount Theatre Gala Austin 2024 (photo by Kevin Garner)

Lewis Phillips and Dayne Damme at the Paramount Theatre Gala Austin 2024 (photo by Kevin Garner)
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Lewis Phillips and Dayne Damme at the Paramount Theatre Gala Austin 2024 (photo by Kevin Garner)

Rock ‘n’ roll, gourmet cuisine, and silent auctions

Guests were treated to a night of entertainment, featuring not only the rock ‘n’ roll sounds of Joan Jett & The Blackhearts but also an array of culinary delights. The event showcased the talents of some of Austin’s most renowned chefs. Chef Michael Fojtasek of MaieB Hospitality, Chef Fiore Tedesco of Bambino and L’Oca d’Oro, Chefs Jay Huang and Adam Weisberg of Nômadé Cocina and Lucky Robot, and Chef Fermín Núñez of Suerte and Este, all contributed their expertise to create a memorable dining experience for attendees.

In addition to the live music and gourmet cuisine, the gala included silent auctions, offering guests the opportunity to bid on unique items and experiences. These auctions are a vital part of the fundraising efforts, helping to ensure the continued preservation and operation of these historic theatres.

The Paramount Theatre’s Anniversary Gala not only celebrated the rich history of these iconic venues but also highlighted the community’s commitment to preserving Austin’s cultural heritage. As the theatres continue to thrive and evolve, events like this gala play a crucial role in maintaining their legacy and supporting educational programs that inspire future generations.