Paramount Iceland

Best Old-Fashioned Ice Palace, October 2007

Most skating rinks resemble glorified Quonset huts. Their carpets are sliced up, their decor dated, their snack bars uninspired. Nonetheless, they radiate charm, from the Pickwick in Burbank to the Culver Ice Arena in Culver City to the queen of them all, Paramount Iceland. Founded in 1940 by the Zamboni family (Papa invented the ubiquitous ice-cleaning machine), the rink is Olympic size and is lorded over by an ancient Wurlitzer pipe organ that comes to life on Tuesdays for “Family Night.”