Paramount Theatre Workshop
Paramount Theatre Workshop
Location: Springfield, MA
Date/Time: October 27, 2018
The Theatre: The Paramount Theater (also known as the Julia Sanderson Theater and The Hippodrome) opened in 1926. Built at a cost of $1 million (13 million when adjusted for inflation) it was the most ornate theater in western Massachusetts. The Paramount closed in 2011 after being used as a nightclub for a few years. It is currently scheduled to undergo a renovation next year and reopen as a performing arts center.
The Workshop: I will be co-hosting this workshop with Matthew Christopher of Abandoned America! We will be on hand to help you with any questions you may have - these buildings can be a challenge to photograph, and I’m happy to answer any you may have. We want you to leave with photos you’re proud of, so don’t be afraid to ask me anything -- I’ve been photographing abandoned theaters for almost 10 years (and abandoned buildings in general for almost 20), and the both of us have picked up some tips and tricks along the way. The lobby and the orchestra level of the theater are well lit, but if you want to shoot the balcony and projection room you will need to bring your own lighting. I will have some handheld LED lights on hand that you can borrow.
Safety: Watch where you step! Safety is the first priority. There are some spots in the theater where you will not be allowed to go, and we will be going over those at the beginning of the workshop. You will be asked to sign a waiver before entering the building acknowledging that you will be in a potentially unsafe environment and that you will not hold the owners or myself liable for any harm that may come to you or your equipment. The theater has mold and peeling paint, so I recommend bringing a respirator/dust mask. If you have mold/dust allergies please take that into consideration before attending.
What to bring:
- respirator/dust mask
- a tripod
- a cell phone
A confirmation email will be sent to the email address you provide when signing up for the workshop. I’ll be sending a follow up email with more details a week before the workshop.
Workshop Terms and Conditions: You will need to sign a waiver to participate in this event. By signing up for this workshop you agree not to use information obtained before or during the workshop to illegally trespass or set up alternate workshops/events. Because of the extremely limited tour spots there are NO REFUNDS UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES if you have signed up for the tour, except in case of workshop cancellation by After the Final Curtain. You’re welcome to transfer your spot in the workshop to someone else, but you need to send me an email letting me know that’s happening. If the workshop is canceled due to inclement weather or issues at the theater, a refund will be offered if you are unable to make the rescheduled workshop date. I cannot be held liable for travel, rental, or other costs incurred by attendee in the event of workshop cancellation. All sales are final.