Long Island’s Paramount Theater Reopens In August with Classic Rockers

Paramount Theater Opens

Photo: Brian Kachejian 2021

Long Island’s famous Paramount Theater nestled in the village of Huntington, New York is set to reopen in August of 2021 with a fully booked schedule of legendary classic rock artists and more.The schedule combines a series of rebooked acts with newly booked shows. The great music venue has been closed since March of 2020 because of  the Covid crisis. Many fans of the venue thought that they would never get the chance to attend another show again in fear that the theater might not make it through the coronavirus pandemic. However, it seems the theater is ready to go once again and presenting a full schedule of classic rock artists beginning in August of 2021.

The Paramount opens up its doors for the first time on August 21st presenting comedian Jim Breuer.  The second show scheduled will be a Beatles tribute on August 25th. The fun really begins as The Beach Boys or a version of The Beach Boys arrive on August 26th. Imagine being able to see The Beach Boys in such a small theatrical setting. You know there has to be at least one original Beach Boys in the band. Up next is one of our favorite bands of all-time here at classicrockhistory.com. A group we seen  many times in the 1970s especially on Long Island at the Commack Arena in the legendary Foghat. The band will play the Paramount Theater on September 11th. A few days later P.O.D will play on September 15th.

The Paramount Theater will celebrate its 10 year anniversary on September 28th with one of Long Island most celebrated rock and rollers with the legendary Joan Jett and the Blackhearts. We saw Joan Jett a couple years ago at Jones Beach opening for Boston so it’s going to be awesome to see her in such a small setting. Joan Jett will rock the roof off the house. On October 3rd Rufus Wainwright will appear. Clutch will perform there on October 7th. Arriving on October 9th is another one of Long Island’s most celebrated rock and roll artists of all-time named Pat Benatar. The great Long Island Rocker will  play the Paramount Theater with her husband and musical partner Neil Giraldo. If the roof is still there from Joan Jett’s performance, Pat Benatar will surely knock it across New York Avenue.

Not even halfway through October and there’s still so many more shows to go. On October 19th the venue will feature the Indigo Girls. The great Little River Band arrives in town on October 21st. Everyone loved the Little River Band. After an appearance buy a couple of much loved local cover bands such as Mike DelGuidice & Big Shot and Jessie’s Girl, 1990’s rock sensations the Gin Blossoms roll into town in on November 18th. The Gin Blossoms will be followed by the great band The Psychedelic Furs on the next day.

Many of the shows on the schedule for 2022  have been rescheduled from 2021. Those shows would include George Thorogood on September 23rd.A show you just don’t want to miss that guy can play guitar.so move it on over. Justin Hayward from The Moody Blues on October 2nd. Just imagine hearing the voice of the legendary Moody Blues in such a small setting. One of our favorite Rock acts of all time in Meat Loaf appears on October 6th. If there’s one show that I’d want to go to the most it would be Meat Loaf. The legendary band Ministry on October 15th. And it may be hard to believe, but Melissa Etheridge will be appearing on November 3rd at the Paramount Theater. However the show that we got marked on our calendar and it’s a bit of a ways away is on April 29th when the Paramount Theater presents the legendary Robin Trower. A true Rock God Guitarist and former member of Procol Harum. But it’s the solo Robin Trower albums aht we really dig.

People may be wondering if the Paramount Theater will be booking at 100 percent capacity. So far from what we have heard is that they are aiming to do so. Hopefully, by August and into the Fall this this whole Covid mess will just be history. Seems to be getting much better right now as it is anyway.

The Paramount Theater Huntington stands as one of the greatest venues  to see a live show. The Paramount Theater has a rich history. The theater first opened in 1927 built by A.H. Schwartz. For many years, it served as great local movie theater for Huntington residents and surrounding towns. I remember going to the theater in the late 70s when they had called it The Balcony Theater. For a while it was a movie theater which they showed rock and roll movies. I remember seeing The Ramones Rock n Roll High School there and winning tickets to see the Ramones in a raffle just before the movie began . This was back in 1979.

Eventually, the movie theater was turned into a concert venue called the  Inter-Media Art Center or IMAC. The venue would host so many different musical artists throughout the 80s and into the 90s and 2000’s. There was a time when some of the great jazz legends played there are such as Mike Stern, the Yellow Jackets, The Rippingtons, Richard Elliot, Michelle Camelio, John Scofield so many more. To sit so close to those great artists was just an amazing experience. One of the greatest shows I ever saw there was a Derek Trucks Band in 2005. It was a sad day when they closed down the IMAC theater. It was such a joy to learn that a group of business partners were going to open up a New York City Style theater in the heart of Huntington, Long Island. It was almost hard to believe when we first heard the rumors. But they did it. For the past 10 years, Paramount Theater has put on so many incredible rock and roll shows and so much more. I brought the village of Huntington more alive than it ever was, and it was such a welcome addition for local businesses in town. It feels so good to have them back again.

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