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

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

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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