The Great Houdini, Ethel Barrymore, and Will Rogers?these are just a few of the legends who have graced the stage of the Paramount Theatre. Since it first opened as The Playhouse Theatre in 1914, the venue has been a go-to destination for entertainment. Vaudeville stars performed live revues throughout the 1920s, and celluloid icons appeared on the theater's movie screen in the 1930s, '40s, and '50s. Not even the dwindling film industry and rampant platform heels of the '70s could lower the curtain forever. After closing down in 1975, the Paramount went through dramatic renovations that modernized the space while preserving its vintage charm. The building reopened in 2000, and today continues to welcome acts as diverse as rock concerts and film series beneath its ornately stenciled ceilings.
When dusk falls, the opening credits roll at Randall Drive-In Theatre. Families and family pets pull into parking spots, rain or shine, to enjoy double or triple features of current blockbusters. The films play Friday through Sunday, and a single ticket, which is free for kids younger than 5, grants patrons admission to the entire double or triple feature.
Film buffs across six states stare wide-eyed at large cinema screens, losing themselves in first-run Hollywood movies and the smell of fresh, buttery kernels within Your Neighborhood Theatre's 17 locations. Though all theaters prioritize comfortable seating, old-fashioned friendly service, and high-stakes preshow trivia slideshows, each location encompasses its own distinct charm, be it through arthouse décor, 3-D screens, or Rhode Island's vintage 1950's drive-in setting.
Lift Festival scoops a net into the stars and brings down 19 artists to the slopes of Whaleback Mountain for a weekend of dance-demanding music and winter sports. Lighthearted headliners Ghostland Observatory combine the pulsating electronic beats of dance tunes with rock vocals that draw inspiration from The Animals, David Bowie, and The Clash. Conspirator seamlessly segues between electronic genres, and jam-masters The McLovins meander along the groove of prog-rock medleys like cross-country skiers along a set of roller-coaster tracks.
Warm in winter, cool in summer, and filled with amazing acts in every season, the Big Apple Circus's pair of Italian-made big tops contains the best of several generations' worth of circus traditions. A look at any show's cast finds a complex network of venerable European circus families passing the arts of juggling and trapeze artistry down through the years, while the tents' motors and seating make for a comfortably modern spectator experience.
You might never guess that the troupe started small in 1974, when American circus artists Paul Binder and Michael Christensen joined forces as a juggling act on the streets of Europe. They moved from streetlights to spotlights in a hurry, appearing on the stage of the Nouveau Cirque de Paris, before returning to the U.S. and creating their own not-for-profit circus in 1976 and raising their first tent in New York's Battery Park.
The Adirondack Phantoms are the hard-hitting American Hockey League affiliate team of the Philadelphia Flyers. With top scorer Denis Hamel coordinating the attacks, Johan Backlund guarding the net, and left wing Andrew Rowe acting as the wry comic relief, the Phantoms stand ready to disrupt the rankings of intradivision rivals the Charlotte Checkers and Albany Devils, as well as Atlantic Division power Connecticut Whale. Screaming fans with gold-level seats, shown in black on this seating chart, will have a clear view of every smoke-trailed slap shot, every body-checked player's smushed face against the Plexiglass, and every accidental summoning of Ymir the frost giant.