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Webster Hall is a nightclub, and server as a music venue located at 125 East 11th Street, between Third and Fourth Avenues, near Astor Place, in Manhattan, New York City. Built in 1886, its current incarnation was opened by the Ballinger Brothers in 1992. Webster Hall serves as a nightclub, concert venue, corporate events center, and recording venue, and has a capacity of 2,500 people – including the club; 1,400 for the main stage. Webster Hall
On March 18, 2008, after a landmarks proposal was submitted by the Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation, the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission voted to designate Webster Hall and its Annex a New York City landmark.

On May 1, 1980, The Ritz opened in the Webster Hall building as a showcase venue for emerging rock acts. Tina Turner, Eric Clapton, Prince, Metallica, Sting, Aerosmith, Book of Love, Cro-Mags, KISS, B.B. King, and Guns N' Roses all performed on what was routinely called, "the best stage in New York City." The Ritz was the first nightclub to feature a video component, which soon set a trend.
When the Ritz relocated in 1989, it gave Webster Hall the opportunity to be reborn. In 1992, the Ballinger Brothers unveiled the restored Webster Hall, featuring state of the art audio, video, and lighting technology with the original color scheme recreated. The venue hosted two or three different genres of music at once on weekend evenings, providing rave/house music in their large dance room and rock in the upstairs billiard area. A facility capable of catering to groups of 100 to 2,000, Madonna, Mick Jagger and Bill Clinton have had events there, as has TNA Wrestling and the taping of Fuji Television Network's Iron Chef "New York Special" between Bobby Flay and Masaharu Morimoto. The venue offers five different rooms.
In addition to its weekly club nights, Webster Hall is one of the city's premiere live music venues. It is the exclusive live music venue for AOL’s New York Broadband Rocks series. On May 11, 2007 Linkin Park filmed their Minutes to Midnight Promo Concert, which was then released into theatres. The Webster Hall club recently entered into a partnership to present The Bowery Ballroom Presents at Webster Hall concert series, which has already brought such alt rock acts as Sonic Youth, The Hives, John Mayer, John Butler and Modest Mouse to the mainstage. In October 2008, Webster Hall opened its newest room "The Studio at Webster Hall", a 300 capacity performance space.