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Middletown, NY’s Paramount Theatre revives with “THE CONJURING”

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Largely a performing arts center since the mid-80s, the Paramount Theatere, servicing Middletown, NY and the Hudson Valley, is returning to its roots as a first-run movie house this month with James Wan’s suitably old fashioned scary story, THE CONJURING.

Opened on June 12, 1930, and thus deservedly called The Historic Paramount Theatre, the establishment returns to full time movie watching this Friday, July 19 where actress Marion Guyot will lead a kick-off party and screening of Wan’s based-in-fact haunter. The press release follows:

1931_marquee_webMiddletown’s Paramount Theater, all of a sudden, is again a movie house,  showing top films seven days a week. It began this past Friday with a week-long run of the Shakespeare adaptation, Much Ado About Nothing. Next Friday, however, a biggie comes to town: Warner Brothers’ hot horror/thriller, The Conjuring. This is no small feat for the giant Middletown icon. It’s not just that the theater landed the massively-advertised, star-filled studio summer blockbuster. It’s more that the Paramount landed The Conjuring for the film’s opening night—in industry terms, it got a “First-Run Studio Feature.” Middletown and Hudson Valley residents will be part of the first audiences in the nation to see this highly anticipated movie,  which stars Academy Award nominee Vera Farmiga (Up in the Air; The Departed), Golden Globe nominee Patrick Wilson (Insidious; Watchmen), Emmy nominee  Lilly Taylor (Say Anything; Ransom), and Joey King (Crazy, Stupid Love; Oz the Great and Powerful)…But there’s more: the Paramount will be one of only four or five theaters in the country who will have one of the movie’s actors personally appearing on opening night.

Those who live in and around Hudson Valley should most certainly take note. THE CONJURING is a movie I loved. It comes with a classic, atmospheric feel and a night out at the movies in a place with real history, that’s continuing to strive as a center for all arts, is worth the support. The party starts at 6 p.m., and is open to all patrons who purchase an $8(!) ticket for the 7:30 screening. The Paramount is located at 17 South St. Middletown, NY. For more, visit the official site and see our review of THE CONJURING here.

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