This is the first year students have occupied the new facility. Cortizo says she is excited to live in the Paramount. She has a great view of the Ritz–Carlton, but says she’s jealous of the students down the hall who have a view of the Paramount’s art deco marquee.
Most of the 262 students living in the Paramount Center share double rooms inside four – or six–person suites; however, there are some stand–alone doubles too. Each floor has a common lounge with a kitchenette.
Other facilities in the Paramount Center include the 34,000–square–foot Paramount Mainstage Theatre (a 590–seat live performance venue), an experimental black box theater, the Bright Family Screening Room, a sound stage, a scene/prop production shop, 9 rehearsal studios, 6 practice rooms, 4 classrooms, 20 faculty offices, and a student gathering area. A commercial restaurant will be located on the street level.
The Paramount Center was designed by Elkus/Manfredi Architects of Boston and built by Bond Brothers. Construction began in the spring of 2007 and was completed in December 2009.
Videographer: by Matt Figler'11
Reporter: Heather West MFA'13