Wurlitzer Organ Donor

The Paramount Theatre

November 24, 1928 to August 1962

a movie palace with 4,084 seats, and a Wurlitzer that was second only in size to the organ at Radio City Music Hall, with 2,000 pipes and 257 stops.  it also hosted plenty of concerts, with the likes of Dizzy Gillespie, Ella Fitzgerald, Miles Davis, Chuck Berry, Fats Domino, Buddy Holly and many many many others rocking its hizouse

then it was bought by Long Island University Brooklyn and the movie dreams were turned into hoop dreams…

The Arnold and Marie Schwartz Athletic Center

November 30, 1963 to Present

The Paramount Theatre was converted to a gymnasium and was home The LIU Brooklyn Blackbirds, until they moved to a new facility in 2006.  The Schwartz Athletic Center still stands, and plays host to the occasional sporting event

this is what it looked like in 2008

if it still looks like this, our new 2012 goal is to play basketball here

hat tip from - Beautiful Photographs of Decaying and Repurposed Movie Palaces

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