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Paramount awarded arts grant

Bruce Bouchard announced last week that the Paramount Theatre has been awarded a $13,313 Cultural Facilities Grant to support the installation of a state-of-the-art big screen, projection equipment and enhanced sound capabilities to address soon-to-be announced film series programming at the Paramount.

The grant has been awarded on a 1:1 match and will generate $26,626 toward the realization of the project. The award has been made in collaboration with the Division for Historic Preservation, the Vermont Historical Society and the Vermont Museum and Galleries Alliance.

The project is being coordinated by David Giancola, president of Edgewood Studios of Rutland.

Fabrication of the screen (which will fill the entire proscenium of the theatre) is being handled by the Querrey Group. Giancola and Dan Querrey are both trustees on The Paramount Theatre board.

In addition to the full-aperture screen, the production capabilities will include a donated digital projector-from Edgewood Studios-a 35mm projector, for public domain product not yet digitalized and for prints of classic films, and Dolby sound technology. In addition, the theater's projection booth will be upgraded to current standards.

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