McDonough Museum to host benefit for Paramount Theater Project on Jan. 21

The Paramount Project Committee will host a benefit from 6-8 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 21 at the McDonough Museum of Art to mark the first phase of the Paramount Theater reuse project. The event is free and open to the public.

The benefit is part of an ongoing, multi-venue project to support the reuse of the Paramount Theater space in downtown Youngstown. In the plan, the front section of the theater facing West Federal Street would be preserved and the remainder of the building demolished. The open space would be used for public events, music, and an open air farmers market.

Event sponsors include Cafe Cimmento, The Youngstown Club, Mahoning Valley Wine & Food Lovers Club, Overture by Jeffrey Chrystal Catering, Rust Belt Brewery, Charlie Staples Barbecue, the Lemon Grove and the V2 Wine Bar Trattoria.

The McDonough Museum of Arts is concurrently undertaking the Paramount Oral History Project where the Liberty-Paramount Theater will live on with photos, memorabilia, moving pictures and storytelling. In addition, the YSU SMARTS-Students Motivated by the Arts K-16 educational gallery will simulate the planned community gathering space and its planning process as part of the ”The Paramount Project Exhibition.”  The exhibit will be open to the public from Jan. 13 through Feb. 3.

According to the organization’s Facebook page, “The Paramount Project is committed to expanding Youngstown’s cultural options by restoring the Liberty Paramount Theater site to a common space dedicated to expanding the intellectual, artistic, and agricultural disciplines.”

For more information on the Paramount project, visit the committee’s Facebook page at or call the McDonough Museum of Art at 330-941-1400.

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