February 24, 2024

Paramount Theater Attracts Hills West Students

With the Inter Media Arts Center gone and the Paramount Theatre now taking
over the music scene in Huntington, it leaves many wondering what kind of renovations
are being made that make the new theater so improved. Is it all of the music lined up?
The new balcony? The VIP lounge and member only “Founder’s Room” with an entire
separate entrance, in addition to the general admission floor? The latter features are all
fine and fancy, but as a student, you’re most likely going to the Paramount Theater for
simply the performers. Opening on September 30th, debuting with Elvis Costello and
the Imposters, other performances in the past month included All Time Low, Weird Al
Yankovic, and recently, The Pixies on the 5th. But how are the actual shows themselves?
“The spirit of the audience combined with the ageless new wave sound of Costello
set the night’s atmosphere in the most perfect way. I believe the Paramount to be the
epicenter of the Long Island music scene,” says former Hills West student of the 2011
class Alex Cohen, who was at the theater opening night when Elvis Costello performed.
Amanda Koenig, a Junior at West, commented, “I saw All Time Low perform at the
Paramount Theater, and I liked the Paramount so much better than any other venue
[like Nassau Coliseum or the Nikon Jones Beach Theater]. It was conveniently located
and really big and nice. You could see from anywhere you were and the sound was
If the shows continue to sell as well as they have been selling, and the audience
remains just as enthusiastic about them, the Paramount Theater could arguably become
the go-to place among high school students along with the rest of the Long Island
population. Other upcoming shows include bands like Cheap Trick, Taking Back Sunday,
and Dropkick Murphy’s.