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Rolling Stones - Satisfaction (Beacon Theatre, NYC, 2006)
Rolling Stones - Satisfaction (Beacon Theatre, NYC, 2006)
Published: 2015/08/15
Channel: RollingStones50yrs5
"Whole Lotta Love" Robert Plant@Beacon Theatre New York 2/14/18
"Whole Lotta Love" Robert Plant@Beacon Theatre New York 2/14/18
Published: 2018/02/16
Channel: Jim Powers
Rolling Stones - As Tears Go By (Live) Beacon Theatre, New York, 2006
Rolling Stones - As Tears Go By (Live) Beacon Theatre, New York, 2006
Published: 2015/07/27
Channel: RollingStones50yrs5
Robert Plant - Whole Lotta Love @ Beacon Theatre, NYC 2018
Robert Plant - Whole Lotta Love @ Beacon Theatre, NYC 2018
Published: 2018/02/15
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Mariah Carey The Beacon Theatre NYC Opening Night Dec 2nd, 2017
Mariah Carey The Beacon Theatre NYC Opening Night Dec 2nd, 2017
Published: 2017/12/05
Channel: Rob Colley
MARIAH CAREY - O Holy Night - NYC 2017
MARIAH CAREY - O Holy Night - NYC 2017
Published: 2017/12/03
Channel: Ramzi Anz
Rolling Stones - Jumpin
Rolling Stones - Jumpin' Jack Flash (Beacon Theatre, NYC 2006)
Published: 2015/06/28
Channel: RollingStones50yrs5
Squeeze - Nov 19, 2017 - New York City - Complete show
Squeeze - Nov 19, 2017 - New York City - Complete show
Published: 2017/11/21
Channel: Larry Rulz
Rolling Stones (with Christina Aguilera)  Live With Me (Beacon Theatre, NYC, 2006)
Rolling Stones (with Christina Aguilera) Live With Me (Beacon Theatre, NYC, 2006)
Published: 2015/06/28
Channel: RollingStones50yrs5
Rolling Stones - Sympathy For The Devil (Beacon Theatre, NYC, 2006)
Rolling Stones - Sympathy For The Devil (Beacon Theatre, NYC, 2006)
Published: 2015/08/15
Channel: RollingStones50yrs5
MARIAH CAREY - Hero - 12/2/17 NYC @ Beacon Theater
MARIAH CAREY - Hero - 12/2/17 NYC @ Beacon Theater
Published: 2017/12/03
Channel: Ramzi Anz
Ludovico Einaudi at the Beacon Theatre of New York City - Oct 30, 2017
Ludovico Einaudi at the Beacon Theatre of New York City - Oct 30, 2017
Published: 2017/10/31
Channel: Giacomo D'Angelo
Rolling Stones & Jack White - Loving Cup (Live) Beacon Theatre, New York, 2006
Rolling Stones & Jack White - Loving Cup (Live) Beacon Theatre, New York, 2006
Published: 2015/08/09
Channel: RollingStones50yrs5
Rolling Stones - Tumbling Dice  (Beacon Theatre, NYC, 2006)
Rolling Stones - Tumbling Dice (Beacon Theatre, NYC, 2006)
Published: 2015/08/15
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John Mayer - Who says (with lyrics) @ Beacon Theatre, NY
John Mayer - Who says (with lyrics) @ Beacon Theatre, NY
Published: 2009/11/27
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Ringo Starr Beacon Theatre New Yorkcity
Ringo Starr Beacon Theatre New Yorkcity
Published: 2017/11/16
Channel: Danny Daly
Adam Ant - STRIP - Beacon Theatre, New York City - 9/13/17
Adam Ant - STRIP - Beacon Theatre, New York City - 9/13/17
Published: 2017/09/14
Channel: SchemeAlt
Bob Dylan - New York, Beacon Theatre (25th November 2017) [Full Concert, Final Show Of 2017]
Bob Dylan - New York, Beacon Theatre (25th November 2017) [Full Concert, Final Show Of 2017]
Published: 2017/11/30
Channel: Sad Eyed Lady Of The Lowlands
Dream Theater @ The Beacon Theatre in New York City 2002-03-27 (full)
Dream Theater @ The Beacon Theatre in New York City 2002-03-27 (full)
Published: 2015/09/15
Channel: NothingIncarnate
Rolling Stones - Start Me Up  (Beacon Theatre, NYC, 2006)
Rolling Stones - Start Me Up (Beacon Theatre, NYC, 2006)
Published: 2015/08/15
Channel: RollingStones50yrs5
Miles Davis- December 31, 1981 Beacon Theatre, New York City
Miles Davis- December 31, 1981 Beacon Theatre, New York City
Published: 2015/12/31
Channel: Milestones: A Miles Davis Archive
Wilco "Someone to Lose" @ The Beacon Theatre New York City 3.19.2017
Wilco "Someone to Lose" @ The Beacon Theatre New York City 3.19.2017
Published: 2017/03/20
Channel: Tom Florczak
MARIAH CAREY - The Star (feat.
MARIAH CAREY - The Star (feat. 'dem kids) - NYC 12/2/2017
Published: 2017/12/03
Channel: Ramzi Anz
BOB DYLAN BEACON THEATRE NEW YORK CITY, NEW YORK USA OCTOBER 13, 1989
BOB DYLAN BEACON THEATRE NEW YORK CITY, NEW YORK USA OCTOBER 13, 1989
Published: 2017/09/20
Channel: Keith Gubitz
Dream Theater - Wait for Sleep Live Beacon Theatre New York City 11/16/17
Dream Theater - Wait for Sleep Live Beacon Theatre New York City 11/16/17
Published: 2017/11/17
Channel: cramx3
Wilco "California Stars" @ The Beacon Theatre New York City
Wilco "California Stars" @ The Beacon Theatre New York City
Published: 2017/03/24
Channel: Tom Florczak
Adam Ant - STAND AND DELIVER - Beacon Theatre, New York City - 9/13/17
Adam Ant - STAND AND DELIVER - Beacon Theatre, New York City - 9/13/17
Published: 2017/09/14
Channel: SchemeAlt
Adam Ant - ANTMUSIC - Beacon Theatre, New York City - 9/13/17
Adam Ant - ANTMUSIC - Beacon Theatre, New York City - 9/13/17
Published: 2017/09/14
Channel: SchemeAlt
Niall Horan - Singing New York, New York - Beacon Theatre NYC 8/31/17
Niall Horan - Singing New York, New York - Beacon Theatre NYC 8/31/17
Published: 2017/11/01
Channel: JackieDS
BOB DYLAN BEACON THEATRE NEW YORK CITY USA OCTOBER 11, 1989
BOB DYLAN BEACON THEATRE NEW YORK CITY USA OCTOBER 11, 1989
Published: 2017/09/17
Channel: Keith Gubitz
Bob Marley - Beacon Theater 04/30/76 (SBD - Unknown: Early Show)
Bob Marley - Beacon Theater 04/30/76 (SBD - Unknown: Early Show)
Published: 2016/10/17
Channel: worldwarXP
Niall Horan - Talking To The Crowd - Beacon Theatre NYC 10/31/17
Niall Horan - Talking To The Crowd - Beacon Theatre NYC 10/31/17
Published: 2017/11/02
Channel: JackieDS
Joe Bonamassa & John Hiatt: "Down Around My Place" from Beacon Theatre - Live in New York
Joe Bonamassa & John Hiatt: "Down Around My Place" from Beacon Theatre - Live in New York
Published: 2013/09/30
Channel: JoeBonamassaTV
Big Iron - Kingfish - Beacon Theatre - New York City, NY - 4/3/76
Big Iron - Kingfish - Beacon Theatre - New York City, NY - 4/3/76
Published: 2011/09/03
Channel: lysergical1
Derek Trucks "lights up" The Beacon Theatre in New York City
Derek Trucks "lights up" The Beacon Theatre in New York City
Published: 2011/03/21
Channel: John Dougall
Tori Amos: Suede 2014-08-13 The Beacon Theatre, New York City 1080HD
Tori Amos: Suede 2014-08-13 The Beacon Theatre, New York City 1080HD
Published: 2014/08/14
Channel: allbearsrule
Miles Davis- April 6, 1986 Beacon Theatre, New York City
Miles Davis- April 6, 1986 Beacon Theatre, New York City
Published: 2016/04/06
Channel: Milestones: A Miles Davis Archive
Tedeschi Trucks Band "Delta Lady" w/ Trey Anastasio (Phish) 10/14/17 Beacon Theatre New York City
Tedeschi Trucks Band "Delta Lady" w/ Trey Anastasio (Phish) 10/14/17 Beacon Theatre New York City
Published: 2017/10/15
Channel: super vince
Tori Amos: Wedding Day - The Beacon Theatre, New York City 2014-08-12 HD1080
Tori Amos: Wedding Day - The Beacon Theatre, New York City 2014-08-12 HD1080
Published: 2014/08/13
Channel: allbearsrule
Goin’ Down - 3G - Satriani, Petrucci, Collen, Hughes - Beacon Theater, NY - 2/16/2018
Goin’ Down - 3G - Satriani, Petrucci, Collen, Hughes - Beacon Theater, NY - 2/16/2018
Published: 2018/02/17
Channel: Kathie Schilke
The Cure opening with Three Imaginary Boys at the Beacon Theatre, NYC! (11-25-11)
The Cure opening with Three Imaginary Boys at the Beacon Theatre, NYC! (11-25-11)
Published: 2011/11/26
Channel: goatfish07
Toto Africa Beacon Theater New York City September 14th 2017
Toto Africa Beacon Theater New York City September 14th 2017
Published: 2017/09/16
Channel: reddevilvs1
Rolling Stones - All Down The Line  (Live) Beacon Theatre, New York, 2006
Rolling Stones - All Down The Line (Live) Beacon Theatre, New York, 2006
Published: 2015/07/27
Channel: RollingStones50yrs5
Menudo El ReEncuentro Reunion in New York City 2015 , Beacon Theatre
Menudo El ReEncuentro Reunion in New York City 2015 , Beacon Theatre
Published: 2016/01/09
Channel: dan68ct
Tori Amos: Winter 2014-08-13 The Beacon Theatre, New York City 1080HD
Tori Amos: Winter 2014-08-13 The Beacon Theatre, New York City 1080HD
Published: 2014/08/14
Channel: allbearsrule
One Direction - I Wish - New York City Beacon Theatre 5-26-12 HD
One Direction - I Wish - New York City Beacon Theatre 5-26-12 HD
Published: 2012/05/29
Channel: MyLifeAsLisaa
Banana Shpeel: Beacon Theatre in New York City - Cirque du Soleil
Banana Shpeel: Beacon Theatre in New York City - Cirque du Soleil
Published: 2010/04/22
Channel: Cirque du Soleil
BOB DYLAN BEACON THEATER NEW YORK CITY, NEW YORK USA October 17, 1990
BOB DYLAN BEACON THEATER NEW YORK CITY, NEW YORK USA October 17, 1990
Published: 2017/10/31
Channel: Keith Gubitz
Elton John - Tiny Dancer (LIVE) - Beacon Theatre, New York City
Elton John - Tiny Dancer (LIVE) - Beacon Theatre, New York City
Published: 2010/10/24
Channel: mikemoonbeam
Niall Horan -  End Guitar Solo On My Own - Beacon Theatre NYC 10/31/17
Niall Horan - End Guitar Solo On My Own - Beacon Theatre NYC 10/31/17
Published: 2017/11/01
Channel: JackieDS
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Beacon Theatre
Beacon Theater NYC 2003.jpg
Beacon Theatre, advertising a concert with the Pretenders, 2003
Location 2124 Broadway (at West 74th Street), New York City
Public transit New York City Subway:
"1" train "2" train "3" train at 72nd Street
Owner Beacon Broadway Company
(operated by The Madison Square Garden Company)
Type Indoor theater
Seating type fixed
Capacity

2,894

Beacon Theater and Hotel
Beacon Theatre (New York City) is located in New York City
Beacon Theatre (New York City)
Beacon Theatre (New York City) is located in New York
Beacon Theatre (New York City)
Beacon Theatre (New York City) is located in the US
Beacon Theatre (New York City)
Location 2124 Broadway, Manhattan, New York City
Coordinates 40°46′50″N 73°58′52″W / 40.78056°N 73.98111°W / 40.78056; -73.98111Coordinates: 40°46′50″N 73°58′52″W / 40.78056°N 73.98111°W / 40.78056; -73.98111
Built 1929[2]
Architect Walter W. Ahlschlager
NRHP reference # 82001187[1]
Added to NRHP November 4, 1982[1]
Construction
Built 1929
Opened December 24, 1929
Renovated 2009

The Beacon Theatre is a historic theater at 2124 Broadway (at West 74th Street) on Broadway in Upper West Side, Manhattan, New York City. The 2,894-seat, three-tiered theatre was designed by Chicago architect Walter W. Ahlschlager and opened in 1929 as a movie palace for motion pictures and vaudeville. Today it is one of New York's leading live music and entertainment venues, under the management of the Madison Square Garden Company. The theater was the site of the 2011, 2012, and 2016 Tony Awards.

History[edit]

The Beacon Theatre was originally conceived by film producer Herbert Lubin in 1926 as part of a projected chain of deluxe New York City movie palaces. The planned Roxy Theatre Circuit was to be operated by Lubin and Samuel L. "Roxy" Rothafel with the famous Roxy Theatre as its flagship. Planned as the Roxy Midway Theatre, the future Beacon was designed by Walter W. Ahlschlager of Chicago, the architect of the 6000 seat Roxy, as a smaller mate to the larger Times Square theater.[3] However, the collapse of Lubin's fortunes doomed the Roxy scheme and the Midway was never opened. The nearly completed theater sat vacant for a time and was eventually acquired by Warner Theatres to be a first-run showcase for Warner Bros. films on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. The renamed Warner's Beacon Theatre opened on December 24, 1929. Designed as a silent film showplace, the theater's delayed opening featured a talking picture (Tiger Rose with Lupe Vélez), silent films having already become obsolete.[4]

Later operated by Brandt Theaters, the Beacon continued as a primarily first-run movie theater into the early 1970s. In 1974, Steven Singer bought the theater to present live pop concerts promoted by Stephen Metz. They were followed by Marvin Getlan and Allen Rosoff who bought the theater in 1976 and continued its new life as a major presenter of live concerts, including a series of 1976 concerts by the Grateful Dead. In November 1977 the Beacon hosted a performance of Erik Satie's symphonic drama Socrate in tribute to the mobile artist Alexander Calder, featuring a recreation of Calder's set for a 1936 production of the work.[5]

It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1982.[1]

In 1987, an effort to convert the theater into a nightclub was blocked in court on the grounds that it would irreparably damage the theater's historic and protected architecture. Subsequently, the theater underwent a revival in its concert hall business, filling New York's low-to-mid-sized venue notch between the larger Radio City Music Hall and various smaller clubs and ballrooms. The Madison Square Garden Company began operating the Beacon in 2006.[6]

In November 2006, the theater began a 20-year lease by Cablevision, which also leases Radio City Music Hall and owns Madison Square Garden. The company announced a planned $10 million renovation of the theater.

Entertainment[edit]

The Allman Brothers Band[edit]

The Allman Brothers Band opening night in 2009 celebrating their 40th anniversary at the Beacon

In late September 1989, the Allman Brothers Band played four shows at the Beacon Theatre. They played 10 nights in spring 1992, and played from 8 to 19 shows each spring in the nineteen following years, except for in 2010, when the band could not play at the theatre.

They chose to record a live album at the theatre in March 2000, and released Peakin' at the Beacon on November 14, 2000 on the Epic label.[7]

In 2009, the Allman Brothers Band celebrated its 40th anniversary by inviting famous musical guests from an impressive array of genres to perform with them at the Beacon Theatre. Dedicated to the band's founder and original frontman, Duane Allman, the engagement lasted three weeks rather than three-days, as in previous years.[8] Some of the invitees included Eric Clapton, Boz Scaggs, and Levon Helm, formerly of The Band, who arrived the first day with his own drum kit. Clapton had invited Duane Allman to perform with Clapton's band, Derek and the Dominos, on its 1970 album Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs'[9]

In January 2010, the Beacon's management announced it would be unable to accommodate the Allman Brothers Band that year because it had booked an extended run of a new Cirque du Soleil production, forcing the band to move its annual New York engagement to a new venue, the United Palace Theater. According to The New York Times, at that time the Allmans had played "190 shows over the past 20 years" at the Beacon, beginning in 1989.[10]

After the Cirque du Soleil show closed sooner than planned, the Allman Brothers were invited back to the Beacon Theatre in 2011 and played 13 shows from March 10 to 26. The show of March 25 was their 200th at the Beacon. The band played the final show of its career at the Beacon Theatre on October 28, 2014.[11]

Other notable shows[edit]

David Bowie Heathen Tour at the Beacon Theatre, 2002.

With its superior acoustics designed for the musical accompaniment of pre-sound moving pictures, the theater was long the leading Upper West Side venue for R&B, Pop, jam bands and rock concerts.

The theater's stage has also supported political debates, gospel choirs, and a wide variety of dramatic productions. VH-1 broadcast its popular production Divas Live from there. Many of George Carlin's HBO comedy specials were broadcast from or filmed there. Conan O'Brien taped his Late Night 10th anniversary special at the theater in 2003, and made a brief return to New York with a week's worth of shows for his current series, Conan, from October 31 to November 3, 2011. In the 2000s, the Beacon Theater often offers light comedy geared toward African-American audiences, making it a favorite destination for troupes working the Chitlin Circuit. The 2008 IMAX film of a live concert by the Rolling Stones, Shine a Light, directed by Martin Scorsese was filmed at the Beacon Theatre. Progressive rock band Dream Theater performed at the theatre in August 2009 on its Black Clouds & Silver Linings tour and again in October 2011 during the A Dramatic Turn of Events tour.

In 2004, the theater received the Latin diva Thalía. She performed with her first tour High Voltage Tour.

On November 10, 2010, the Broadway League announced that the Beacon Theatre would host the 65th Tony Awards on June 12, 2011.[12] On July 25, 2011, the League announced that the theatre would host the Tony Awards again in 2012.[13] On November 24, 2015, the League announced the Tony Awards will return to the theatre in 2016.[14]

Duran Duran recorded a live concert here on August 31, 1987 called Live at the Beacon Theatre released as a download by EMI on September 27, 2010. The show was a charity event for The Association To Benefit Children.

The band Hot Tuna has performed annually, in late November or early December, at the Beacon since 1996.

In 2014, the singer Mariah Carey announced she would begin "All I Want For Christmas Is You, A Night of Joy & Festivity", an annual residency featuring songs from her Christmas albums Merry Christmas and Merry Christmas II You alongside some of her biggest hits. The residency began on December 15, 2014 and ran for six shows. The second leg of the residency began December 8, 2015 and ran for eight shows. A third leg has yet to be announced.

The sixth biennial "Night of Too Many Stars" took place at the Beacon on February 28, 2015. Hosted by Jon Stewart, the event featured numerous stars of comedy, film, and television, with the goals of raising funds for autism research and support services and promoting autism awareness.[15]

The film Suicide Squad premiered at the Beacon Theatre on August 1, 2016.

Architecture and decor[edit]

The Beacon's ornate neo-Grecian interior features 30 ft-tall (9.1 m) Greek goddesses flanking the proscenium arch of its curtainless stage, which can rise from its basement level carrying a full classical orchestra. Under its marquee is an exterior lobby with tile flooring extending to the sidewalk along Broadway between 74th and 75th Streets, across from the Beaux-Arts Ansonia Hotel. Entry is gained through its bronze-doored vestibule into an opulent two-story circular lobby. White marble floors give way to mahogany bars on both the orchestra and mezzanine levels, and two more levels provide access to both the foot and top of its steeply inclined upper balcony. Exquisite detailing abounds throughout, including elaborate gilded plaster moldings, polished hardwood, and brass staircase rails. Corridor murals depict atmospheric Eastern scenes of trading caravans complete with elephants, camels and other animals.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c National Park Service (2008-04-15). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  2. ^ White, Norval & Willensky, Elliot; AIA Guide to New York City, 4th Edition; New York Chapter, American Institute of Architects; Crown Publishers/Random House. 2000. ISBN 0-8129-3106-8; ISBN 0-8129-3107-6. p.343.
  3. ^ "Roxy Theatre". Cinema Treasures. Retrieved June 11, 2012. 
  4. ^ a b "Cultural Resource Information System (CRIS)" (Searchable database). New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation. Retrieved 2016-03-01. [permanent dead link] Note: This includes Anne B. Covell (September 1982). "National Register of Historic Places Registration Form: Beacon Theater and Hotel" (PDF). Retrieved 2016-03-01.  and Accompanying 11 photographs
  5. ^ Calders Sets in N.Y "Socrate" The Hour October 26, 1977
  6. ^ Cablevision Leases Beacon Theater
  7. ^ William, Ruhlmann, (August 6, 2011). "The Allman Brothers Band Peakin' at the Beacon". AllMusic. Retrieved March 8, 2013. 
  8. ^ Gebriel J. Hernandez (March 11, 2009). "Allman Brothers Rock the Beacon, Night No. 2". Gibson Guitar Corporation. Retrieved June 11, 2012. 
  9. ^ John Barry (March 10, 2009). "Allman Brothers Kick Off Beacon Theatre Run With Levon Helm, Taj Mahal". Rolling Stone. Retrieved June 11, 2012. 
  10. ^ Itzkoff, Dave (January 5, 2010). "The Beacon Is Booked, So Allmans Will Move". The New York Times. p. C1. Retrieved June 11, 2012. 
  11. ^ Ratliff, Ben (October 29, 2014). "At the End of the Line, A Hit-Filled Goodbye". The new York Times. 
  12. ^ Andrew Gans (November 10, 2010). "Theatre Tony Awards to Be Presented Live from the Beacon Theatre". Playbill. Archived from the original on January 31, 2013. Retrieved June 11, 2012. 
  13. ^ Andrew Gans (July 26, 2011). "Theatre 2012 Tony Awards Will Again Play the Beacon Theatre". Playbill. Archived from the original on January 31, 2013. Retrieved June 11, 2012. 
  14. ^ Andrew Gans (November 24, 2015). "Tony Awards Move to the Beacon Theatre and Set New Eligibility Cut-Off Date". Playbill. Retrieved November 24, 2015. 
  15. ^ Shelli Weinstein (October 13, 2014). "Jon Stewart's 'Night of Too Many Stars' Telethon Set for March 8 on Comedy Central". Variety. Retrieved January 13, 2015. 

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