A Jewel On Long Island

Longtime artist manager Brian Doyle couldn’t know that a friend’s suggestion to check out a shuttered building in Huntington, N.Y., more than two years ago would turn out to be a new passion as well as a business venture.

The 1,555-capacity in Huntington, N.Y., has hosted a variety of acts and more than 150 events since opening in September 2011.

Doyle, who also manages Rusted Root, Rick Springfield and several other acts, and co-owners Jim Condron, Dominick Catoggio and Stephen Ubertini backed the rebirth of the shuttered, 500-capacity Inter-Media Arts Center, built in the 1920s, to create something lacking in the area – a mid-size venue.

The state-of-the-art, 1,555-capacity The Paramount exists in a market that includes 13,855-capacity , 2,800-capacity and 17,999-capacity , home to the NHL’s New York Islanders.

concert and went on to host more than 150 events in its first year, landing a spot on Pollstar’s Top 100 Theatre Venues in Worldwide Ticket Sales.

The décor is similar to House of Blues, including VIP club The Founders Room, with a location about 45 miles from New York City.

Photo: Courtesy of The Paramount

“After all the years I have in the business, we pride ourselves on taking care of the bands and the public,” Doyle explained. “We treat everybody like a VIP.”