Beacon Theater


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The Beacon Theatre is located at 2124 Broadway in New York City. Traveling from Midtown Manhattan it is reached via express 2 or 3 or local 1 subway trains to the 72nd Street (IRT Broadway-Seventh Avenue Line) station two blocks from the theater.

The Beacon Theatre, also known as the Beacon Theater and Hotel, is an historic New York City theater on upper Broadway in Manhattan. A 2,894-seat, three-tiered movie palace, it was designed by Chicago architect Walter W. Ahlschlager for motion pictures and vaudeville. Today it is one of New York's leading live music and entertainment venues, and controlled by Madison Square Garden, Inc.

Starting in 1989 the The Allman Brothers Band began a run of twenty straight years performing at the Beacon Theatre. Over the decades their appearance there became something of a pilgrimage for fans attending multiple nights of concerts for sold-out Beacon Theater crowds.
In 2009 the Allman Brothers Band celebrated its 40th anniversary, marked by inviting famous musical guests from an impressive array of genres. Dedicated to the band's founder and late leader, Duane Allman, the concerts lasted for three weeks rather than three days. Some of the invitees included Eric Clapton, who back in 1970 invited Duane to perform with Clapton's then band, Derek and the Dominos, on the album Layla, Boz Scaggs, and Levon Helm, formerly of The Band, who arrived the first day with his own drum kit.
In January 2010 it was reported that Beacon's management had booked an extended run of a new Cirque du Soleil production, forcing the Allman Brothers Band to move its annual New York concerts to a new venue, the United Palace Theater. According to The New York Times, this marked the end of a string in which the Allmans had played "190 shows over the past 20 years," beginning in 1989.
Other bands, concerts, and award shows
With Beacon Theater acoustics designed for the musical accompanyment of pre-sound moving pictures, the theater was long the leading Upper West Side venue for R&B, Pop, jam bands, and rock concerts.
Headliners in the modern era included Jackson Browne, Pat Metheny Group, Bob Marley, Bob Dylan, Gov't Mule, Robert Plant & The Strange Sensation, Motörhead, Mötley Crüe, Ratt, Black Sabbath, Deep Purple, Brandy, King Crimson, Jerry Garcia, Tangerine Dream, Tori Amos, Kelly Clarkson, P!nk, Leonard Cohen, James Taylor, Phil Collins, Sting, KISS, Dio, Aerosmith, Kelly Clarkson, The Rolling Stones, Grateful Dead, Bob Weir, Phish, Queen, David Bowie, Bruce Springsteen, Taylor Hicks, They Might Be Giants, Roxette, Dave Matthews Band, Eric Johnson, Dream Theater, Maroon 5, Nick Jonas & The Administration, and Ray Davies, among others.
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 have been broadcast from or filmed there. Late Night with Conan O'Brien celebrated its 10th anniversary in 2003 with a special taped at the theater. 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.
In November 2006, the Beacon Theater commenced 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. While one or two others survive as churches, the Beacon is the last of Manhattan's many lavish 1920s movie palaces still operating as an entertainment venue with its original fantasy architecture intact. As such Beacon Theater holds a special place in the cultural life of New York.
On November 10, 2010 it was announced that the Beacon Theatre would host the 65th Tony Awards, which will take place on June 12, 2011.