DamNation (NR)

DamNation (NR)

June 29 & 30, 7:30PM - DamNation is a film odyssey across America that explores the sea of change in our national attitude towards big dams. As part of the Western Slope Conservation Center’s Summer 2014 Documentary Series
Maleficent (PG)

Maleficent (PG)

June 20 thru 26 at 7:30pm. "Maleficent" explores the untold story of Disney's most iconic villain from the classic "Sleeping Beauty" and the elements of her betrayal that ultimately turn her pure heart to stone.


Our first live show since the re-opening of the Paradise! June 14th. Tickets on sale at the theatre and at Backcountry Bistro.
Paradise Theatre Status

Paradise Theatre Status

Our new projector is in and the crew from Elemental DB is hard at work on our renovations & facelift. We're in the home stretch and we thank you for your patience.
Best of Paonia Film Festival

Best of Paonia Film Festival

Best of Paonia Film Festival presents a special selection of best winning films from 2011-13!!

April 26th – 7:30PM

All seats are $10 at the door.

Paonia Film Festival will host a fundraiser for PFF 2015 this Saturday April 26th at 7:30 pm at The Paradise Theatre in Paonia.

This would have been the 4th Annual Festival but due to the huge transition and focus around the fundraising campaign to save The Paradise Theatre, festival organizers decided to take the year off to regroup and give filmmakers more time to get out there and make movies!

This Saturday’s benefit for PFF 2015 will be a program called “The Best Of” with a selection of some of the award winners from years past and some NEVER seen before films for the one time special screening.

Free prizes, drink specials, silent auction items and the audience choice award for Best Dressed.


Friends of the Paradise Theatre Community Forum

Friends of the Paradise Theatre Community Forum

2014-super-bowl-crowdMark your calendar! Apr 17 at 7pm

Come on down to the Theatre and find out more about what’s in store for the Paradise Theatre!!

The Friends of the Paradise Theatre will outline what’s next and entertain questions from the community!

Back In The Dreamtime

Back In The Dreamtime

2014-back-dreamtime-smFri., Apr. 4 ,7pm
Sat., Apr. 5, 5:30 High School Reunion Night Gala (Tickets include the gala at 5:30 at the Blue Sage Center for the Arts, wine, beer, appetizers, and fun, and the play at 7pm. No “play only” tickets will be available for that evening.)
Sun., Apr. 6, 2pm
Fri., Apr. 11, 7pm
Sat., Apr. 12 ,7pm
Sun., Apr. 13, 2pm

Back in the Dreamtime is about a 47th high school reunion of 1965 graduates in a small Western Colorado town. The dreams of youthful baby-boomers and nearly 50 years of reality collide as old loves and would-be lovers are reunited, lost opportunities are mourned, and lives are assessed. If you have ever attended a high school reunion, you won’t want to miss this musical! Hilarious and thought-provoking with songs that will stay in your mind for days after the curtain falls.

The talented cast of 11 local actor-singers includes Paula Harper, Greg Peterson, Pam Petersen, Rand Kokernot, Colin Dunbar, Brenda Joyce Coda, Don Foster, Sue Everest, Lenore Cambria, Phyllis Swackhamer, and Amy Michelle Hoyt. Durlin is directing the play with the assistance of Ellen Hutto as musical director, Jenell Wehn on piano and Eames Petersen on guitar. Pam Petersen is vocal director and Lenore Cambria is choreographer.

$20 pre-sale at Backcountry Bistro; $22 at the door. Tickets also at Brown Paper Tickets.

Cabin Fever Film Series

Cabin Fever Film Series

This was our 2014 Cabin Fever Series.

pastThe Past (PG-13)

Winner, Best Actress: Cannes Film Festival
Best Foreign Language Film: Golden Globe Nominee
Music, Drama
March 28-30, 2014

Cabin Fever Film Series Finale!

An Iranian man reunites with his estranged wife (Bérénice Bejo) in Paris to finalize their divorce, which is soon complicated by a shocking revelation by her daughter from a previous marriage.

uranium-drive-in-bwUranium Drive-In (PG-13)

Q&A with filmmaker Suzan Beraza
Documentary, Environment
Mar. 7-9, 2014

Uranium Drive-In is a character-driven story addressing some of the most important and controversial issues facing our nation. What happens when a community, suffering a devastated economy, is presented with an opportunity-with risks-to create jobs and reclaim its lost prosperity? The film offers no easy answers but aims instead to capture personal stories and paint a portrait of the lives behind this nuanced and complex issue.

the-square-1The Square (Unrated)

Feb. 21-23, 2014

The Egyptian Revolution has been an ongoing roller coaster over the past two and a half years. Through the news, we only get a glimpse of the bloodiest battle, an election, or a million man march. At the beginning of July 2013, we witnessed the second president deposed within the space of three years. The Square is an immersive experience, transporting the viewer deeply into the intense emotional drama and personal stories behind the news. It is the inspirational story of young people claiming their rights, struggling through multiple forces: from a brutal army dictatorship willing to crush protesters with military tanks, to a corrupt Muslim Brotherhood using mosques to manipulate voters.

blue-is-the-warmest-colorBlue is the Warmest Color (NC-17)

Winner, Palm d’Or: Cannes Film Festival 2013
Foreign, Drama
Feb. 7-9, 2014

BLUE IS THE WARMEST COLOR centers on a 15-year-old girl named Adèle (Exarchopoulos) who is climbing to adulthood and dreams of experiencing her first love. A handsome male classmate falls for her hard, but an unsettling erotic reverie upsets the romance before it begins. Adèle imagines that the mysterious, blue-haired girl she encountered in the street slips into her bed and possesses her with an overwhelming pleasure. That blue-haired girl is a confident older art student named Emma (Seydoux), who will soon enter Adèle’s life for real, making way for an intense and complicated love story that spans a decade and is touchingly universal in its depiction.

short-term-12Short Term 12 (R)

Winner, Best Jury and Audience Awards: SXSW Film Festival
Jan. 24-26 and 29-31, 2014

I Am Not a Hipster director Destin Daniel Cretton expands his 2008 short of the same name into a feature film depicting the struggles of a compassionate twentysomething contending with some unexpected life developments while working as a supervisor at a home for at-risk teens. Grace (Brie Larson) has dedicated her life to helping kids who have slipped through the cracks of the system. Committed to her job and in love with kindhearted co-worker Mason (John Gallagher Jr.), she’s still struggling to make sense of her own troubled past when she learns that her life is about to change forever. Meanwhile, into the facility walks a young girl who’s been constantly shifted between group homes due to dangerous behavior. Almost immediately, Grace forges a powerful connection with her new charge. Now if Grace can just open up to Mason the way she encourages her kids to open up to her, she may find a way to make peace with the future while still providing support to the kids who depend on her the most.

2014-crash-reel-bannerThe Crash Reel (Unrated)

Special Skype interview with filmmaker Lucy Walker
Jan. 10-12, 2014

This eye-popping, yet intimate, story of U.S. champion snowboarder Kevin Pearce uses years of vérité footage to expose the potentially high price of participating in extreme- action sports. Training to compete against longtime rival Shaun White at the 2010 Winter Olympics, Kevin suffered massive head trauma from a 2009 accident in Park City, Utah. His tight-knit Vermont family flew to his side, and together they began an intensive process of trying to rehabilitate him and help him rebuild his permanently damaged life. Kevin’s determination and the tireless support of family and friends kept him focused on recovery. But when he insisted he wanted to return to the sport he loved, his family objected. As an elite athlete, Kevin was a professional risk taker, but as a brain-injury survivor, his skills were now impaired, and even a small blow to the head could kill him.



Friday March 21, 2014, 7:30 pm
The Paradise Theatre 215 Grand Ave, Paonia, SOLD OUT!!!
Lake Street Dive find themselves on the cusp of stardom, though they insist they will always be the same people whose stage outfits once consisted of matching sweater vests. “We realize this could all go away tomorrow,” says Rachael Price. “But that won’t change what we do. We want to continue to do this for a long, long time. This is what we love. We just want to make sure we keep enjoying ourselves.”Lake Street Dive have been performing for nearly a decade after meeting as fellow students at the New England Conservatory in Boston. The band was hand picked by Minneapolis trumpet/guitar player Mike Olson and named after an actual neighborhood of seedy bars in his hometown. Vocalist Rachael Price came from outside Nashville, Tennessee, stand-up bassist Bridget Kearney was an Iowa native, while drummer Mike Calabrese called Philadelphia home. “I wasn’t only impressed with their musicianship,” says Olson, who acquired the nickname “McDuck” while at the conservatory for his reclusive ways. “They were also a lot of fun just to hang out with. The first four years of rehearsals were more like glorified dinner parties.”Lake Street Dive has come a long way, but this just could be the start of something even bigger.  It took a casually made video featuring the band gathered around a single mic, performing a cover of Jackson 5’s “I Want You Back,” shot on a Brighton, Massachusetts, street corner to grab the public’s attention—its YouTube views now hurtling past a million views. What followed was nothing less than a modern-day music business success story—T Bone Burnett tapping them to perform on the Another Day, Another Time show at Town Hall featuring music from and inspired by the Coen brothers’ Inside Llewyn Davis, taped for an upcoming special on Showtime. The New Yorker raved of their Town Hall performance: “I can’t imagine then, that Lake Street Dive—a quartet led by an amazing young singer, Rachael Price—won’t be getting some air time soon.” Rolling Stone called the band “unexpected showstoppers,” while Hollywood Reporter noted the group “delivered one of the show’s best moments with the swinging ‘You Go Down Smooth,’ with stirring vocals by lead singer Rachael Price.” The New York Daily News was similarly enthused, saying Lake Street Dive “was the evening’s wild card,” and noting Price “has the soulful howl of a young Etta James.”

And just like that, Lake Street Dive went from playing for a small devoted following, to selling out venues and planning an initial European tour, with dates on several late-night TV shows in the offing.

While “I Want You Back,” a track from their six-song Fun Machine EP, which included five covers and an original track, was spreading like wildfire on the Internet, the band had little idea what was happening. They were ensconced at Great North Sound Society, a recording studio located on an 18th century farmhouse in Parsonsfield, Maine, two hours from Boston, with producer/engineer Sam Kassirer (Josh Ritter) alocation so remote, cell phone reception was spotty and web access non-existent.

The new album, Bad Self Portraits, which is being released by the Northampton, Massachusetts indie label Signature Sounds Recording as the follow-up to a self- titled debut and subsequent EP, is a microcosm of Lake Street Dive’s evolution of the band from “a weird alt-country jazz group to a pop-soul juggernaut, that turns ‘60s influences like Brill Building girl groups (“Stop Your Crying”), British Invasion rock (“Bobby Tanqueray”), horn-driven Stax R&B (“You Go Down Smooth”), Motown soul (“Use Me Up”) and even The Band-like gospel blues (“What About Me”).
“Our musical development has been like Google Earth,” explains Olson, “going from the entire universe to a specific place. That’s how we’ve honed in on our sound. We had the whole world of music at our fingertips, and we were unsure of what direction to take, but now we’re zeroing in a little closer.”

All four members of the band take part in the writing. The Bridget-penned title track is a wry commentary on how those selfie iPhone photos are just a cover for loneliness, but it could also refer to the rest of the album, each song a polaroid glimpse of a band that is constantly evolving.

“Nothing we do is set in stone,” says Olson about the band’s recording process in the studio, and that they are, first and foremost, a live outfit. “Songs change when we start to play them for people. That determines the stylistic direction more than anything else. When we record a song, that’s just a snapshot of where it was at that moment. And it continues to grow as we perform it.”

And as things are rapidly growing for Lake Street Dive, the nine years that they spent focusing on their musical development has left them with one constant to strive for. “We are named in homage to dive bar bands,” says Calabrese, “we were, are and always will be a dive bar band. Whether we’re playing for 10 people or 10,000 we want them to have that feeling.”

Band Website: www.lakestreetdive.com
Lake Street Dive Promotional Material: www.bighassle.com/publicity/lake-street-dive
Tickets & More Concert Info: www.pickinproductions.com
Additional Concert Info: Rob Miller pickinproductions@gmail.com (970) 260-6493