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Built in 1933, the Paramount was considered the finest dance hall in Asia. Until 1949, the so-called "Gate of 100 Pleasures" was the place for very late, very wild nights. After the Communist Revolution, Paramount closed and reopened as Red Capitol Cinema, showing propaganda films. In 2001, it again became a dance hall, with disco balls reflecting light on its storied floor. You'll still find ballroom dancers here, but it's a much more chaste affair with an older crowd, though anyone is welcome to step on to the floor and ask for a dance. Come nightfall, the domed roof glows blue.