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Paramount Theatre gets a big check

By Tim Ruzek

Post-Bulletin, Austin MN

Paramount Theatre got a big boost last month.

The historic theater in downtown Austin received on April 22 a check for about $80,175 from the estate of Florence Hogan, a longtime Austin resident who died in November at age 91.

It’s the largest single gift to the Paramount, said Scott Anderson, the theater’s director.

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Hogan’s niece Charmaine Raber, of Coon Rapids, Minn., presented the check to the Paramount, noting that Hogan enjoyed the historic theater, Anderson said.

Money from the gift will be put toward an endowment fund the theater has been building for about a decade to create a source for operating funds from the earned interest, Anderson said. There isn’t a specific goal yet for the fund, he said, but likely would be roughly $700,000.

Built in 1929, the Paramount, 125 Fourth Ave. N.E., is an atmospheric theater with a Spanish motif. It’s one of four atmospheric theaters left in Minnesota and the only one outside Minneapolis that continues to be used as a theater.

The Austin theater is on the National Register of Historic Places. In addition to hosting an array of events and performances throughout the year, it’s a frequent destination for tours.

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