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Built in 1933, this was the first public library building in the city. Showcasing artworks of that time with ornamental ironwork balconies and loggia frescoes, this building is now home to one of the state's best local history collections. It is the official holding place for records of Travis County and the city of Austin. Visitors enjoy temporary exhibits, which rotate frequently.
A booming university town that also imbibes tenets of culture, politics, and technology into its colorful landscape, Austin is Texas' multifaceted capital. In the 19th Century, Austin was largely impacted by the effects of the Civil War, and was left reeling with a significant plummet in population and goods between 1861 and 1865. Post the war, Texas underwent a renewal, and as the proud home of the University of Texas, remained largely unaffected by the ravages of the Great Depression. Since then, Austin maintained an economic and cultural high that was further supported by the growth of technological industries and a blossoming live music scene. Today, the city is world famous for its music scene, containing not only the most live music venues per capita in the country, but also several prominent film and technology festivals that bring visitors across the globe to this quirky college capital town.
Delighting audiences with stellar improv shows and plays, The Hideout Theatre is a premier comedy club in the city. A coffee shop onsite serves delectable snacks, which you can munch on while you watch performers put on their best act. The theater also offers improv classes and conducts workshops for adults and kids alike.
Established in 1935, Stateside at the Paramount, is an iconic theater, located bang in the heart of Austin. Shining like a jewel at the Congress Avenue, this theater is home to a range of plays, dramas and events. With a cozy and intimate ambiance, it truly reflects the opulence of the bygone era. If you are around the area, and wish to indulge in some history, this place is a must visit. Just sit back, and enjoy the show, as you soak up the charming appeal of this venue. To see their latest schedule of events, please log on to their website.
This multi-level club is situated in the Warehouse district of Austin. After entering through the alleyway behind Congress Avenue, listen to various live swing bands. Swing lessons are taught on Tuesdays at 7:30p. The elegant wood panels and top-shelf bar attract a sophisticated crowd. Upstairs patrons enjoy a pleasant garden atmosphere on the roof with an excellent view of downtown Austin and the Colorado River.
A little bit of the Great White Way can be found deep in the heart of Texas. Like the movie studio which shares its name, this theater is grandiose and ambitious with 1250 seats available to host an estimated 160,000 people a year. The calendar features both visiting and local stage productions of musicals and dramatic plays, one-person acts, orchestral performances, children's shows, revivals of great old movies and (because this is Austin) the occasional visiting live-music act. A horn of plenty for theater, music and entertainment fans.