Show expected to go on at Paramount

Theater says it will host Celtic Thunder as planned

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CEDAR RAPIDS — Even though it is in the flood evacuation zone and volunteers helped move 880 main-floor seats to higher ground, the historic Paramount Theatre said Wednesday it expects to go ahead with this Sunday evening’s Celtic Thunder performance.

“The Paramount is doing good,” General Manager Jason Anderson wrote in an email.

Although there is some water seepage, “it’s easily maintained with a shop vac,” he said.

Anderson said the city has given its approval to hosting a stop on the Celtic Thunder tour planned for 7:30 p.m. Sunday — but not for staff, crews and volunteers to get into the building until Saturday.

”Puts the pressure on,” Anderson said, “but we are going to do it.”

The Paramount, at 123 Third Ave. SE, was badly damaged in the 2008 flood and reopened in 2012.

As the 2016 flood neared, the theater put out a call for volunteers to help move main floor chairs to the second floor, just in case.

The theater expects to put those chairs back Saturday and Sunday, in time for the show.

For all of The Gazette's Flood 2016 coverage, please visit our flood coverage center.

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