Los Angeles is filled with legendary live music venues, but The Paramount in Boyle Heights is a true standout with its eclectic history. First opening in 1924, the storied ballroom has hosted the likes of Stevie Wonder, Celia Cruz, Black Flag and Sonny and Cher (known at the time as Sonnie and Cleo).
Recently, the venue underwent a near two-year closure, as many live event spaces did out of precaution during the COVID-19 pandemic. But on Nov. 5, The Paramount made a triumphant return and welcomed back Boyle Heights into the arms of one of L.A.’s longest-running theaters.
Forging a new chapter as a musical and cultural hub, The Paramount featured a fall lineup of favorite local and international acts all sourced by KCRW’s DJ and music selector, José Galván. It included Son Rompe Pera, Bobby Oroza and Twin Seas, among others.
“The Paramount represents Boyle Heights’ ever-evolving past, present, and future. Our goal is to honor the revered icons who have graced our beloved building and offer a creative space for the future generation of burgeoning artists,” Galván said. “We look forward to continuing the venue’s legacy as a community-serving and progressive gathering place for talent, young entrepreneurs, and music enthusiasts alike as we usher in the next chapter for the historic building.”
With the aim to put on 15 to 20 music showcases per month, The Paramount also offers craft cocktails from resident mixologist Jason Schiffer and chef-driven food helmed by chef Jorge Sandoval at the ground-level restaurant, Brooklyn Ave. Pizza Co. Highlights of the new food and cocktail program include sweet potato tater tots, chicken quinoa meatballs and Boyle Heights Iced Tea (Haku Japanese vodka, No. 209 kosher gin, Hennessy VSOP cognac, Corazon tequila blanco, Cointreau, fresh lemon, housemade coke syrup).