The Paramount Theatre in downtown Youngstown might be nearing its final days as it has been revealed recently that the building’s structural integrity may not allow it to survive to serve as a backdrop for some expensive amphitheater project. While it’s a shame to see a piece of history go away, I personally never thought the outside of that abandoned building looked like anything worth saving. Like most theaters, it’s what inside the building that matters the most. Unfortunately that was left to rot years ago.
An initial attempt at saving the building as a whole was attempted in the mid-80s. It didn’t get anywhere, but one fundraising effort brought rockers Black Oak Arkansas in for a benefit gig on February 22, 1985. Black Oak Arkansas had played here before, so this show wasn’t anything that unusual from a substance standpoint. It was, however, probably the only time it got used as a rock venue. It was also the last show of any kind held at the theater.