A Palm Beach theater closes and is targeted for demolition, touching off a vigorous public debate, a preservation drive, and legal wrangling over its future.
By virtue of its storied past and prized architecture, the building is eventually deemed a historic landmark.
Its golden days as a theater, for the time being at least, remain locked in its past. Its landmark status does not guarantee it a secure future.
That takes money, and a lot of it.
This narrative might apply to the Royal Poinciana Playhouse, but it describes another island theater property that hasn’t received much attention lately, the Paramount Building.
The North County Road movie theater opened in 1927 and has been landmarked since 1982, two years after its last curtain call as the town’s only movie house.
Recently, because of its deteriorating condition, The Paramount has become the target of Code Enforcement Board action. MORE...