Aurora’s Paramount Theatre plans to expand its entertainment footprint through opening the Paramount School of Performing Arts and staging original theatrical productions at a renovated Copley Theatre.

“The Paramount has already made a major impact on the city of Aurora,” Aurora Mayor Richard Irvin said, in helping announce the plans during a press conference Jan. 25. “For example, since starting its Broadway series in 2011, the number of patrons has grown from 52,000 to more than 320,000 [a year]. The addition of a new school of performing arts will provide new opportunities for Aurora’s youth and excitement to our city.”

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