Facilities Magazine – John Bernardoni Column – August, 2017

    THE GATHERING PLACE   From town squares to modern-day stadiums, communal venues are cultural staples   By John M. Bernardoni   Question: What do Stonehenge, Teotihuacan, the Greek “agora” and Madison Square Garden have in common? Answer: They are all “gathering places.” As such, they are critically important cultural venues that shaped our history.   Before the world …


“Victims Of The Galveston Storm” – Heroic Statue By Pompeo Coppini Vanishes UT Campus 1920

  “Victims Of The Galveston Storm” – Heroic Statue By Pompeo Coppini 10 Feet Tall Plaster-Paris 1904.  Vanished from UT Campus 1920’s (Photo courtesy of the Dolph Briscoe History Center, The University of Texas at Austin)   A one year effort is now underway to re-create the powerful “Victims of the Galveston Flood” heroic statue by Italian sculptor, Pompeo Coppini. …


Roberta Reed Crenshaw – Paramount Theatre Benefactor ©

                      ROBERTA REED CRENSHAW Paramount Theatre Benefactor Austin American Statesman article by Michael Barnes August 2, 2015   Paramount at 100 How Roberta Reed Crenshaw became the Paramount’s patron saint Citywide philanthropist made possible the restoration of the theater in the 1970s.   During the 1970s, when the Paramount Theatre …


American Statesman Article – Paramount Theatre 100 Years

      AMERICAN STATESMAN ARTICLE – PARAMOUNT THEATRE 100 YEARS By Michael Barnes July 26, 2015   In the run up to the Paramount Theatre’s 100th anniversary, the Austin American Statesman and Michael Barnes published an historic article that captured the very essence of one of the greatest theatres of the 20th Century and beyond.  While untold millions were …


Vaudeville Era: The Paramount and American Theatre ©

                    FANNY BRICE, COMEDIAN   “Everything I know I learned in vaudeville.” James Cagney   At the turn of the century in America, the Wright Brothers made their first successful flight, Jack London wrote Call of the Wild, Henry Ford started his motor company, and thousands of people escaped small apartments …


Paramount Original Story – A Call For Support ©

                                            100th Anniversary Countdown Paramount Theatre Continued!   My Dear Friends. This is what we kept from happening, in a decaying downtown Austin in 1975, by answering the call. Those of us from that movement, are placing a new …