The historic Paramount Theatre re-opened in 2000 after undergoing an intensive one year period of complete renovations. This project was cited by the Preservation Trust of Vermont for its Historic Preservation efforts. The original building was constructed in 1913 as a live entertainment venue seating up to 1,000 people. Throughout the years, the Paramount became a movie theater, went dark in the 1980’s and deteriorated to the point where demolition was considered. A group of concerned “friends” bought the theatre in order to save it from further damage and began a campaign to restore the Paramount to its original splendor

N·B·F was retained to oversee a total rehabilitation including electric, HVAC (Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning) and structural systems for the new Paramount. Construction was completed for the first phase in 2000 and has quickly become the centerpiece of downtown Rutland.

N·B·F devoted hours of work researching interior detail, materials, and color schemes in order to recall the original appearance of the auditorium.

N·B·F was able to find the original drawings of the Paramount and also historic photographs showing the original exterior canopy that had been removed during the 1930’s. The new canopy was built in 1995.