- Disney unveils Star Wars toys amid marketing blitz
- Horror master Wes Craven dies at 76
- Review: We Are Your Friends
- Taco Joint's Ukulele Policy Trades Tacos For Songs
- Austin Remembers Stevie Ray Vaughan: 25 Years Later
- Cirque Du Soleil BIg Top Returns To Austin
- Bettie's Box Office: No Escape Review
- Josh Duggar In Rehab After Admitting To Pornography Habit
- SE Austin Music Venue Pushing For Later Hours Despite Opposition From Neighbor
- Review: American Ultra
- Police search of home of Gene Simmons, but he's not suspect
- Investigators To Recommend Jenner Face Manslaughter
- Reality star Josh Duggar admits to cheating on his wife
- State Fair of Texas announces food competition finalists
- Cedar Park Named Best City In US For New Restaurants
- Bettie's Box Office: The Man From U.N.C.L.E. Review
- Review: Straight Outta Compton
- Nutty Brown Cafe To Move To Round Rock
- NBC Officially Fires Trump From 'Celebrity Apprentice'
- More than 170 Elvis artifacts to be auctioned at Graceland
- One year ago today: Robin Williams dies at 63
- Korean TV spot reveals new 'Star Wars' footage
- Fun Fun Fun Fest Wins Fight To Get More Space At Auditorium Shores
- Bettie's Box Office: Fantastic Four Review
- Don't pick a fight with Spider-Man
- Review: The Gift
- Rapper 50 Cent seeking to lease Connecticut mansion
- Whataburger doubles down in Drake-Meek Mill Twitter beef
- Bettie's Box Office: Shaun the Sheep Movie Review
- Bettie's Box Office: Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation Review
- City of Austin Gets C- in Music City Report Card
- Bettie's Box Office: Vacation Review
- Review: Southpaw
- Bettie's Box Office: Pixels Review
- Blake Shelton, Miranda Lambert divorce after 4 years
- Bettie's Box Office: Trainwreck Review
- Review: Self/less
- Bettie's Box Office: Amy Review
- Bettie's Box Office: Terminator Genisys Review
- Apple changes tune on music royalties after Swift complains
- Review: Inside Out
- Bettie's Box Office: Inside Out Review
- Review: Jurassic World
- Prolific British actor Christopher Lee dies at age 93
- Brian Wilson with Rodriguez in Austin
- Unreleased copy of '50 Shades' sequel novel stolen
- Benefit Concert This Weekend For Central Texas Flood Victims
- Review: Entourage
- Review: Spy
- Review: Love & Mercy
Paramount Theatre Could Get New Sign
Updated: Monday, June 2 2014, 10:34 PM CDT
Congress Avenue could go back in time and get a little brighter with help from tourists. The Paramount Theatre is trying to pay for a replica sign to go above its marquee. The total cost is estimated at $200,000.
Austin Theatre Alliance CEO Jim Ritts says it would look similar to the State Theatre sign next door that was recently restored.
"The Paramount sign went up originally in 1930. Sometime around 1963-1964 it was taken down," Ritts believes the sign was removed for financial reasons.
Now the Alliance wants to rebuild it.
To do so Ritts says they took a look back in history digging through old news clips and photos.
A home video taken by San Antonio resident Wade R. Bedell revealed the sign was a shade of green.
The next step is to find funding.
Ritts says they applied for a $47,000 City of Austin Heritage Grant to pay for 25 percent of the total cost.
Thursday the Grants Committee recommended that the Paramount get a certification of appropriateness for their sign. The Historic Landmark Commission will vote on the measure in late April for final approval.
City of Austin historic preservation officer Steve Sadowsky says that money comes from the 9 percent hotel occupancy tax.
"The grants are designed to help non-profits business restore and rehabilitate their historic buildings," said Sadowsky.
If the grant is approved by the commission the Paramount plans to move forward.
They hope to reveal the new sign to the public on the 100th anniversary of the theatre in October of 2015.
The Austin Theatre Alliance also applied for a $47,000 grant to pay for the restoration of the State Theatre marquee.