Paramount Theater, Abilene
One of the prettiest older building in Abilene is probably the Paramount Theater. The theater was built in 1930 using the Spanish Colonial Revival style of architecture with a hint of Art Deco added. It was designed by David S. Castle, the premier designer in Abilene. Inside there are stars and clouds moving across the sky (ceiling). A very interesting building. They use the theater for concerts, live theatre, art films, and classic movies.
Whether you are passing through town or passing a few days here, try to spend some time in Abilene's downtown area. (From I20, exit Pine and this will take you straight into downtown).
This area is clean, safe, and holds some interesting restaurants and bakeries, several museums, and our beloved Paramount Theater: http://www.paramount-abilene.org/
The Paramount is a beautifully restored cinema on Cypress Street. Featured there are Art Films (from Frida to Central Station),
Classics (think Hepburn and Stewart),
and a few hand selected, well-deserving Blockbusters (like Lord of the Rings, Chicago).
The price of tickets is lower than anything you would pay at a modern multi-screen theater.
Popcorn is even cheap! And before the film begins, movie aficionado Robert Holliday welcomes you warmly and shares some trivia about the directors, actors, and music related to the film. When the lights dim, look up and you will see stars twinkling and clouds drifting across the "sky" above. Then enjoy as the movie plays across the giant screen in front of you.
Also downtown, you will find a smatterting of restaurants and cafes. Several of these feature live local talent. The Americana group "Jamison Priest" is my favorite - often featured at the Abilene Coffee Company on Pine.
Movie lovers will not want to miss "Bogie's" on Cypress Street - a sandwich shop dedicated to Humphrey Bogart, with all the menu items named after his films. (I recommend the "African Queen").
The Abilene Bookstore on Cypress will make you fall in love with books all over again.
Abilene will surprise you with its Museums - including the Grace Museum, the National Center for Children's Illustrated Literature, the Center for Contemporary Arts, and the 12th Armored Division Military Museum.
For those of us with special weaknesses - don't miss Vleta's Candies on N. 1st . The Leaf on Cypress is an interesting cigar shop.
We also have a first-rate Philharmonic Orchestra, along with other musical organizations.