The Paramount Theater in Abilene opened its doors on May 19, 1930. The entire town came out to see the over 1,400 electric bulbs illuminate the 90 foot marquee. It was billed as the “Event of the Decade!” Manager Wally Aiken was well known for his promotional stunts for over forty years. Many west Texans recall bringing milk bottle caps to get into “Uncle Wally’s Birthday Club” on Saturday mornings. The Paramount was a frequent destination of the soldiers from Camp Barkeley located just outside of Abilene. The Paramount remained open as a movie theater until the mid-seventies when box office revenues dropped and forced it to close for a short time. The theater re-opened in 1979 as the “Paramount Opry” for a short lived career in the country/bluegrass music business, that too failed. It's maximum capacity is one shy of 2,000 and the full restoration was completed in May of 1987. Since then, The Paramount Theater has seen it's share of films, concerts, musical productions, opera, dance, private parties and corporate meetings and more. It's concerts included the likes of Broadway, opera and country singer Gary Morris, rocker Ted Nugent, singer songwriter James Taylor, banjo playing funny man Steve Martin just to name a few. Now days it's the main attraction to downtown Abilene and a great place to take in a classic movie on a hot summer day. By the way, Disney's Jungle Book is playing now.