Scaffolding fills the auditorium of the Paramount Theater in Cedar Rapids, Iowa

It turns out the worst flood in Cedar Rapids, Iowa’s history may have been the best thing to happen to the city’s historical Paramount Theatre, which is set to reopen in grand style in November.

 As the Cedar River crested on June 13, 2008 to more than 31 feet, flood waters wiped out 30 blocks of the downtown core. The Paramount Theatre, just two blocks from the river, didn’t stand a...


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