By Connor Beach
For the second consecutive year, The Paramount in Huntington village has claimed the number five spot in Pollstar Magazine’s list of the top 200 club venues in the world based on ticket sales.
The Paramount sold 178,265 tickets in 2018 to over 170 shows behind only The Pageant in St. Louis, 9:30 Club in Washington, DC, House of Blues Boston and top seller The Anthem in Washington, DC.
“After 7 years, the venue has proven itself to be a top destination for the best entertainers around,” Brian Doyle, co-owner of The Paramount, said. “We will continue to push the envelope in 2019 as we work to provide Long Islanders with the best music, funniest comedians and the most memorable live event experiences available.”
In 2018, the stage at The Paramount played host to shows by the likes of Slash, Blues Traveler, Pat Benatar & Neil Giraldo, Ratt, O.A.R., Chase Rice, Indigo Girls and metal band Underoath.
The Paramount also brought several artists to Huntington for the first time this year, including: Rick Astley, Sarah McLachlan, The Struts, Bret Michaels and The Beach Boys.
The Paramount Comedy Series has become one of the most successful and popular aspects of the venue. In 2018 it featured monthly performances of The Jim Breuer Residency and multiple nights with comedian Kevin James. Standup routines by Andrew Dice Clay, Ken Jeong, Aziz Ansari, Jim Norton, Iliza Schlesinger, Weird Al Yankovic and Tracy Morgan were among the most popular shows at the venue this year.
The versatile venue also hosted regular bouts of Joe DeGuardia’s STAR Boxing. In November former world light welterweight champion and Huntington native Chris Algieri made his comeback in the ring at The Paramount. In his first fight since 2016, Algieri defeated fighter Angel Hernandez in front of a sold out crowd.
In 2019, The Paramount will look to maintain their top five spot on Pollstar’s list with performances by Long Islander Chazz Palminterti, movie star Dane Cook, Dave Matthews’ guitarist Tim Reynolds, Judas Priest and comedian Jim Gaffigan.
To find out more about upcoming shows at The Paramount or to buy tickets visit Paramountny.com.