ST. CLOUD - The St. Cloud City Council has approved a contract to replace the seats at the Paramount Theatre. The low bid of just over $342,000 has been awarded to Alliance Building Corporation of Sauk Rapids for the removal of the existing 704 seats, make some repairs to the floor, and install 808 new seats.

The cost of the project is being paid for from the Food and Beverage Fund and a fundraising effort. Nearly $83,000 in private donations have been raised so far.

The seats currently in the Paramount were bought used in the mid 1990s from Stewart Hall at St. Cloud State University. They were bought by SCSU in 1948.