Anderson Tapped To Re-Open Paramount

VenuWorks has named U.S. Cellular Center vet Jason Anderson to take the reins as GM of the nearly restored Paramount Theatre in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

Anderson started his new gig July 1. The 1,900-capacity theatre was severely damaged from Cedar River floodwaters in 2008 that broke through the 84-year-old building’s doors and glass exterior, filling the interior with water and mud.

With help from FEMA and a team of historical architects, the building is shooting for a fall re-opening, with The Oak Ridge Boys and Needtobreathe on deck in November, followed by a full schedule of touring Broadway productions in 2013.

“I am excited to have this opportunity to re-open the Paramount Theatre,” Anderson said, noting that one of his first events with VenuWorks was the Paramount’s grand reopening following a 2003 renovation.