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Arts & Culture in the Rutland Region

Downtown Rutland and nearby surrounding areas have several venues that are home to the performing arts and fine arts. Such venues include the historic Paramount Theater, Castleton Downtown, the Chaffee Art Center, the Carving Studio, Vermont Actors’ Repertory Theater, Merchants Hall, the West Rutland Arts Park, and the Vermont Marble Museum. All are intimate venues where you can be right up close to the action to catch a show, hear some live music, or immerse yourself in the arts. The largest is the Paramount Theater which boasts 850 comfortable seats.

The Paramount Theater is the Gem of Downtown Rutland

In the early 1900’s, the Paramount was one of the finest theaters in America, both aesthetically and acoustically. The theater was built in 1913 by George T. Chaffee during a “City Beautiful” movement that was popular at the time. While its exterior is classical style architecture, the interior boasts the look of a Victorian opera house. Throughout the years the theater has undergone several many renovations, culminating with a total restoration and reopening in the year 2000. Today Rutland’s Paramount Theater cherishes its role as an arts, cultural, and educational center, and valuable community resource.