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This 1970s UT Student Saved Austin's Paramount Theater

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From the Texas Standard

Austin's historic theater nearly bit the dust, but three guys in the 1970s had a restoration plan to keep it afloat.

The Congress Avenue theater, which celebrates its centennial this year, almost didn't make it this far. It faced near-certain death back in the '70s, when it was in danger of being demolished to make room for a hotel.

But three men — John Bernardoni, Charles Eckerman and Stephen Scott — stepped in with plans to restore the theater back to its former glory. Bernardoni speaks with the Standard about saving the historic art space.

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