There is a superstition in theatre that if the house is ever left completely dark, mischievous spirits will inhabit the space. To prevent this, a single lamp is left burning at center stage after the players, stagehands and audience have gone home. This lamp is known as a “ghost light.”
On March 15, in the middle of our best season ever, Paramount Bristol dimmed the lights. The pandemic forced us to shut our doors, resulting in a total loss of revenue. The theatre has taken a big financial hit, but with your help, the Paramount will come back stronger than ever, with the most exciting season of entertainment in its history.
Here’s how you can help…
Donate $10, $25 or $50, or whatever you can possibly spare to Paramount Bristol’s Ghost Light Matching Funds Campaign. Thanks to the generosity of our campaign sponsors, your gift will be DOUBLED! If all of our loyal patrons give a little, the Paramount will remain a vibrant presence in our community.
Donations of $50 or more will be eligible for membership privileges AND some very attractive rewards. See details here.
Our immense gratitude goes to our Ghost Light Campaign Sponsors: Paramount Board President Rob Simis and Teresa Cloyd; Bennett and Anne Cowan; Don and Etta Nicewonder; Charles and Mary Beth Rainero; John and Ann Tickle; Don and Ginia Shawl in memory of Lee Shillito; Carol Trammel, and Season Sponsor Edward Jones Investments.
We welcome any business, foundation or individual who would like to lead with a challenge grant of their own. During the shutdown, we will be busy with important maintenance projects and system upgrades. The Paramount’s prompt return will help historic Downtown Bristol spring back to life!
Announcing the Ghost Light Concert Series
Our production team shot seven “almost live” concerts with local artists on the Paramount stage. It reminded us how much joy we get from live music and how fortunate we are to live in a region with boundless talent.
A Message From Our Executive Director
“We look forward to coming together again as soon as possible. For now, we are following public health advice to ensure the safety of our staff, volunteers, audiences and artists. While we continue to book events into 2021, we do so with a clear understanding that all shows may be rescheduled to future dates. Until then, be well and please support the arts in our community.”
– Miles Marek
Béla Fleck & the Flecktones
Sat, April 3, 2021
Fri, April 16, 2021
Sat, May 8, 2021
Thu, June 17, 2021
Fri, June 25, 2021
The Gatlin Brothers
Fri, August 13, 2021
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