‘The Secret of Aurora’s Success’: What the Paramount Theatre got right and how it changed a city

Back in the early 1990s, it was argued that casinos were the answer to blighted downtowns like Aurora’s collection of buildings on the banks of the Fox River. The Hollywood Casino is still there (I remember the days when it still cruised the Fox) but there has been little new investment and the place now looks down at heel, at least as compared with the 1990s. When it comes to attracting new businesses and filling the streets with people, the non-profit Paramount has been far more effective in a much shorter time.

Read the complete article on the Chicago Tribune.

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