The Paramount Theatre
is a 1,690 seat historic theater located in downtown Cedar Rapids and owned by the City of Cedar Rapids. The Theatre’s mission is provide the citizens of Cedar Rapids and the residents of eastern Iowa with the broadest possible range of top quality cultural, educational and entertainment events.
Through appointment by the Mayor, members of the Five Seasons Facilities Commission oversee the operations of the Paramount Theatre along with the U.S. Cellular Center and Cedar Rapids Ice Arena. The Commission is responsible for determining and recommending to the City Council effective means of management for all three buildings as well as oversight and approval of the annual operating and capital budget for the venues. The Commission consists of members with special skills, knowledge, and/or interest in various subjects to assist in the management of the venues. Please click on the Administration tab for a list of current members.
VenuWorks of Cedar Rapids, L.L.C., was first hired by the City of Cedar Rapids in June of 1999 to provide professional management services for the Paramount Theatre. VenuWorks has a successful history of booking local, regional and national entertainment events at the Paramount Theatre. As a national organization, VenuWorks provides comprehensive management and consulting services for arenas, theaters and convention centers throughout North America. Committed and innovative facility operators, VenuWorks provides customized management services in areas of administration, food and beverage, programming, marketing and sales, and operations to over 40 venues. For more information, please view www.venuworks.com.
VenuWorks and Orchestra Iowa, the Paramount Theatre’s primary tenant, have created a joint operating agreement. Through this agreement the organizations will work together in the programming, marketing, sales and operation of the Paramount Theatre.
Since 1980, Orchestra Iowa has been the primary tenant and a chief stakeholder of the Paramount. The Orchestra helped to lead the charge to save the historic venue following the 2008 flood and has since been actively involved in its restoration and promotion. The Orchestra’s passion for and commitment to the Theatre combined with its proven success in managing the state’s premier performing arts enterprise makes it an ideal partner in operating the Paramount. For more information on Orchestra Iowa, please view www.orchestraiowa.com.