On Thursday (June 21), executives from BSE Global and Long Island University (LIU) met in downtown Brooklyn to celebrate breaking ground on the renovation of the historic LIU Brooklyn Paramount Theatre. They were joined by the Brooklyn Borough president Eric L. Adams.
In a renovation project overseen by BSE Global — whose credits include the Barclays Center and NYCB LIVE — the 90-year-old theater will be modernized while keeping many of its existing features intact. The plans include the entrance being moved back to its original location (at the corner of Flatbush and Dekalb Avenues) and the reestablishment of a working box office. The lofty renovation is expected to create 200 construction jobs, as well as 100 additions positions when the theater reopens in 2019.
“I am excited to take the next step with the renovation of this historic venue,” said BSE Global CEO Brett Yormark in a statement. “The addition of Paramount to BSE Global’s venue pipeline, which includes Barclays Center, NYCB LIVE, and Webster Hall, enables us to connect with artists at all points in their career. Paramount will also offer a greater array of entertainment options for Brooklyn and provide employment opportunities for students and those in the surrounding area.”
In the past, the Brooklyn Paramount hosted performances by Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald, Miles Davis, Bing Crosby, Buddy Holly and Chuck Berry. BSE Global will be responsible for programming the space in the future and intends to retain the theater’s main focus as a live music venue. There will, however, also be a range of other events, including comedy, family entertainment and private events for LIU students.
“The refurbishment of the LIU Paramount Theatre is a major milestone in the history of Long Island University,” added LIU president, Dr. Kimberly Cline. “It brings our commitment to the arts — and our role in the arts community — to an entirely new level for our students, faculty, and alumni, and solidifies our role as a major cultural driver in Brooklyn.”