May 22, 2009 - Summer Film Series Kick-Off Party at the Paramount Theatre
     Even though he now earns his paycheck programming the productions for The Long Center, Paul Beutel still can't get the Paramount Theatre out of his blood.  The man responsible for turning around the historic and venerable theatre back during the 1980s and 90s is still programming its annual Summer Film Series, which is as much a part of Austin's summer arts culture as the Zilker Hillside Musical or the Austin Symphony's 4th of July concert.
    We dropped in on the kick-off party at the Paramount on Thursday the 21st - a rest stop on our way to opening night of The Long Now at The Blue Theatre.  We arrived early at 6:15 p.m., but the party was already in full swing.
    Film fans feasted on Moroccan munchies while perusing the silent auction items set up along the upstairs lobby.  A cute pair of Bogey and Bergman impersonators roamed the lobby
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balcony and interacted with guests.
    Talk ran the gambit of the Paramount's just-announced new season to which movies were on the must-see list for this summer.  Speaking of "must see" events, the Austin Chronicle has signed on the co-host the Paramount's Majestic Party After Party - which will be held at Rusty Spurs on June 5th, following the Priscilla, Queen of the Desert Party and screening at the theatre.

(Image courtesy Austin Theatre)