The Paramount is the best place to see a big name show in the Bay Area – if you can get tickets. This is the smallest place you'll ever get to see a band like Tool or Bjork, and they play here because the space is so amazing. With balconies and a huge stage, the entire room is restored to glorious old-school movie house splendor. From the second you step into the lobby you're transported to a time when they knew how to do entertainment. The bummer is that since it's a much smaller venue than these big acts usually play, it's often impossible to get tickets (even if you call the moment tickets are released), and even if you can get tickets, it's expensive! Better then to go see the classic movies they show here periodically. They even do the whole pipe organ thing at the beginning. And there's a BART stop literally right at the door.