New York City offers an entire universe of theatrical experiences and shows that certainly overwhelm not only visitors, but locals. We love some of the more remote spots in the city and the legendary Beacon Theatre is one of them.
As they explain, The Beacon: “has become a venerable rock room for generations of New Yorkers and an intimate setting for unforgettable concerts and events“.
Countless greatest names in music have played there including the Rolling Stones, Queen, The Allman Brothers Band, Aerosmith, Michael Jackson, James Taylor, Paul Simon and many others. EvenHis Holiness the Dalai Lama has once lectured a class in their space!
A quite impressive list, right?
A little history about the place:
Herbert Lubin and Roxy Rothafel, were the brains and visions behind it all and initially named it Roxy Midway Theatre. Throughout the years where they were constructing the place, Lubin fell into a financial crises, leaving the project half way.
Warner Theatres jumped in and opened the venue on the Christmas Eve of 1929 as Warner’s Beacon Theatre. With almost 3,000 seats, the project was lead by Walter W. Ahlschlager, the architect responsible for it’s art deco styling.
During its early years it showcased a theatrical genre called vaudeville and was also a destination for movie lovers.
Half a century later, in 1979, it became one of the venues listed as national landmark, under the National Register of Historic Places.
In 2006 they became part of the MSG Entertainment group. Then, in early 2009 they experiences an important restoration, making it even more attractive.
In 2012, the renowned Billboard Magazine – extremely important in it’s industry – voted The Beacon, for a second consecutive year, as number 3 in it’s category: “Top Grossing Venue”.
Today, the Legendary Beacon Theatre remains as one of the best venues in the city for live performances and other experiences! Maybe a little touristy, but hey, cultural spots have to be shared!
Do you enjoy these cultural experiences? You might also enjoy visiting the Cherry Lane Theatre, the longest off-broadway theatre.
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Location: 2124 Broadway at 74th Street
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