SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Governor Charlie Baker and other state and local leaders were in Springfield Monday to announce the beginning of renovations of The Paramount Theater.
The historic Main Street theater is undergoing a $40 million renovation, which will include an 85-room hotel and an 1,800-seat performing arts center.
Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Paramount first opened in 1929, and famous acts including James Brown, Billy Joel, and B.B. King have graced its stage over the years.
In 1999, the Paramount Theater was redeveloped into the now-closed Hippodrome nightclub.
The renovation project will redevelop much of the Paramount building block, and will create more than 70 full-time jobs.
Purchased by the New England Farm Workers Council, The hotel project is scheduled to be completed by December 2020 and the theater will be finished a year later.
“You can tell by listening to the people speak how important as a historical matter this property is to the commonwealth and city of Springfield. I’m looking forward to coming back December 2020 and December 2021 to put the finishing touches on this,” Governor Charlie baker said.
There have been attempts to renovate the theater in the past, but Congressman Richard Neal explained why residents will see a finished product this time around.
“Historic tax credits are in place. Coupled with the investor arm, and the individuals who have made this come about they all live here,” Neal said.
Construction is expected to begin in August.