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Paramount Theatre celebrates 103rd anniversary with dancing in the streets

Paramount celebrates 103rd anniversary with dancing in the streets

Paramount Theatre 2018 gala
A’lante Flamenco Dancer during cocktail hour. Photo by Bells and Whistles Productions
Paramount Theatre 2018 gala
Eve Michaels and Robert Stoltz. Photo by Bells and Whistles Productions
Paramount Theatre 2018 gala
Marion Sanchez, Caroline Jones, and Janet McCullar. Photo by Bells and Whistles Productions
Paramount Theatre 2018 gala
The Gipsy Kings performed for gala-goers. Photo by Bells and Whistles Productions
Paramount Theatre 2018 gala
Yolanda Uribe-Rangel and Jose Rangel. Photo by Bells and Whistles Productions
Paramount Theatre 2018 gala
Steve and Amy Simmons bidding in the live auction. Photo by Bells and Whistles Productions
Paramount Theatre 2018 gala
Lindsay Dillard, Ashlee Newman, Ashley Covert, Kathleen Seiders, Claire Money, Clarissa Broesche, and Bryn Williams. Photo by Bells and Whistles Productions
Paramount Theatre 2018 gala
Jeff Straathof, Mafalda Tan, Patrick Cantilo, and Judy Cantilo. Photo by Bells and Whistles Productions
Paramount Theatre 2018 gala
Paramount Theatre 2018 gala
Paramount Theatre 2018 gala
Paramount Theatre 2018 gala
Paramount Theatre 2018 gala
Paramount Theatre 2018 gala
Paramount Theatre 2018 gala
Paramount Theatre 2018 gala

What: Paramount Theatre's 2018 Anniversary Gala 

Where: Paramount Theatre (and surrounding areas)

The lowdown: On May 12, Austin arts patrons gathered at the Paramount Theatre in honor of the theater's 103rd birthday. One of Austin's biggest parties turned out another sold-out crowd who were in turn treated to a special performance by the Gipsy Kings. The annual gala — now in its eighth year — is the biggest fundraiser for the Paramount and State theaters.

Co-chaired by Kim Vaughan and Catherine Wilke, this year's extravaganza featured additional live performances from DJ Mel and Brownout and literal dancing in the streets as gala-goers took over the storied Congress Avenue for the evening. 

Other highlights included a silent auction chaired by Kathleen Seiders, a Flamenco-fueled cocktail hour, seated dinner under a tent hitched on Congress, and catering by the Paramount's neighbors at the InterContinental Stephen F. Austin Hotel. 

Who: Kim VaughanCatherine WilkeKathleen SeidersJeff Straathof, Mafalda Tan, Patrick Cantilo, Judy Cantilo, Lindsay Dillard, Ashlee Newman, Ashley Covert, Claire Money, Clarissa Broesche, Bryn WilliamsMarion Sanchez, Caroline Jones, Janet McCullarYolanda Uribe-Rangel, Jose Rangel, Eve Michaels and Robert Stoltz.