ANDERSON, Ind. — Christmas came early for Paramount Theatre during a holiday concert in October, and now people will get to see it.
Husband and wife duo Cook and Belle filmed a Christmas special at the historical venue, which will air at 8 p.m. and kick off the new season of their WIPB show.
The band filmed the concert in October as part of “Cook and Belle’s Playhouse.” They also recorded their first Christmas album, “Wonderful Christmastime,” that debuts Friday.
“It’s neat to do it and then get away from it and then go back as it’s coming together,” singer Bret Cook said. “You do it so fast you’re thinking, ‘Wow, how is this going to turn out?’”
Cook said filming the special was interesting for him and his wife, Michelle Belle Cook. Even though the band performed in front of a crowd, it took several hours to film the hour-long show.
“The folks at the filming were patient,” he said. “You film a song and then you stop, have to reset and get ready for the next one. It’s not really a fluid thing like a regular concert.”
Gayle Jones Burris, Paramount Theatre executive director, said more than 470 people attended the concert. Instead of charging Cook and Belle the usual $2,500 fee to use the venue, all of the money from admissions went to the theatre and they called it even.
The theatre and band have been wanting to join forces for years and finally found the perfect situation to pair up.
“That’s 473 people and maybe half of them are Cook and Belle fans who had never been to the Paramount before,” Jones Burris said. “That’s why we really appreciate them coming here. It exposes us to new people and you can’t put a price on that emotional attachment.”