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Paramount Grand Opening Set for Oct. 2

Paramount Grand Opening Set for Oct. 2

Article Published: September 4, 2014

StartUptown (SU) is delighted to announce the Grand Opening of its new location for coworking-plus at the Paramount Film Exchange (PFEX)— and the new office/studio of Denmarsh Photography. PFEX was Paramount Pictures first link to the Pittsburgh region at 544 Miltenberger Street in Uptown.

And its first opportunity to create a “campus” in Uptown, SU brings 6+ companies and 60+ jobs to the historic Paramount Film Exchange (PFEX). With over 8,000 sf, this adaptive-reuse collaboration uniquely combines business innovation; entrepre- neurial references from the film industry and poster art; a public film series developed by SU film-making resident In Medias Res; and a diverse food program open to the community and SU residents.

StartUptown and Denmarsh Photography promise an Oscar-worthy, red-carpet party on Thursday, October 2, 2014 to thank all of its funders, corporate sponsors, and the Pittsburgh entrepreneurial tech, social, maker and arts communities.

Built in 1926 by R.E. Hall Architects, the Paramount is the original remainder of a once exten- sive Film Row that existed on Uptown’s Bluff through the late 1960s.The Pittsburgh Historic Review Commission voted to recommend historic designation of the Paramount site in September 2009.

Film Row provided an important distribution network for iconic film studios to reach neighborhood theaters throughout the Pittsburgh region. Early film-making was the high-tech darling of its day and Paramount Pictures lead the evolution of national and global film distribution.
The Paramount represents the extraordinary opportunity that SU has — alongside Uptown Partners of Pittsburgh — to enhance economic development in Uptown as the Paramount site once again hosts the innovative businesses of our day.

StartUptown, 1936 Fifth Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15219 www.startuptown.org

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