The coronavirus pandemic kept downtown Austin’s historic Paramount Theatre shut down for months. The theater announced Wednesday that the doors will open up again soon, and it’s to continue a city tradition.


Summer’s winding down, but the Paramount Classic Film Series will start up on Sept. 11. (Note the lack of a seasonal label in the title.) According to a news release, the theater plans to allow 25% capacity —indoor cinemas currently are allowed to operate at 50% capacity in Texas — and face coverings will be required for people over the age of 10 when not consuming concessions. The theater’s complete health and safety plan is available at ausintheatre.org/health.


This is the film series’ 45th year. On the 2020 lineup, which is subject to change and currently is programmed through Oct. 11:


• "Casablanca"


• "Cabaret"


• "Do the Right Thing"


• "Back to the Future"


• "Raiders of the Lost Ark"


• "Blade Runner: The Final Cut"


• "The Goonies"


• "Ghostbusters"


• "The Princess Bride"


• "Jaws"


• "A Hard Day’s Night"


• "Selena"


• "Purple Rain"


• "Mary Poppins"


• "Double Indemnity"


• "The Big Lebowski"


• "Devil in a Blue Dress"


• "A League of Their Own"


• "Love and Basketball"


• "Fast Times at Ridgemont High"


• "Merrily We Go to Hell"


• "Lawrence of Arabia"


• "Shadow of a Doubt"


• "The Birds"


• "Vertigo"


• "Rear Window"


• "The Sound of Music"


The Paramount also will hold a special screening of TCM’s new "Women Make Film" documentary series on Oct. 3.


Tickets for the series will go on sale Sept. 8 and can be purchased at austintheatre.org/film.


Earlier this month, major chains like AMC and Cinemark started to reopen their cinemas with modified pandemic safety procedures. Some health experts still caution that indoor moviegoing could still pose a significant risk for COVID-19. Only a handful of Austin-area indoor movie theaters remain closed.


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