Beacon Theatre

Beacon Theatre in located on 2124 Broadway, Manhattan, between 74th and 75th Street.  Opened in 1929 as a movie theatre, it shifted to housing music performances in the 1970s...
Beacon Theatre

Beacon Theatre

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Beacon Theatre in located on 2124 Broadway, Manhattan, between 74th and 75th Street.  Opened in 1929 as a movie theatre, it shifted to housing music performances in the 1970s (including a 1976 series of shows by The Grateful Dead).  It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1982, which mattered five years later when an effort to convert it into a nightclub was blocked over the damage it would do to its protected architecture.  Since then it has continued to host concerts (as well as the Tony Awards since 2011), leased and managed by Cablevision, which also leases Radio City Music Hall and owns Madison Square Garden.

In many ways Beacon Theatre is a slightly smaller version of Radio City – or a larger version of Town Hall, which also lies on Broadway.  It has an old-style movie box office at the entrance and a foyer with drinks and merchandise.  There is a large floor and two balconies (with bars in both foyers), all with seats, but there are no box seats to the sides.  The drink prices are high (and the bartenders always check IDs), though they serve upmarket cocktails (and the 20 ounce Heinekens cost the same as other 16 ounce imported beers, and only a dollar more than the 16 ounce Budweisers).  Being part of the MSG circle of venues has given it an upgrade in lighting and sound.

While Beacon stands in the shadow of Radio City to the south, it is still more famous than Town Hall or United Palace Theatre to the north.  Its Upper West Side location is not where you’d normally go for a concert, but isn’t hard to reach.  It has the positives and negatives of any seated venue: you can’t dance or worm your way to a great spot, but do have a great view and aren’t squeezed.  MSG has been pushing it more as a concert venue for current acts in recent years (The National did a run of six shows there in 2011), to go with older acts like The Allman Brothers, who have played over 200 there, it’s a nice place to see a band as they’re getting bigger and bigger.

 

Capacity: 2,829

 

Address:

2124 Broadway (Between 74th and 75th Streets)

By Subway:

1, 2, or 3 to 72nd Street – walk 3 and 1/2 blocks north on east side of Broadway
1 to 79th Street – walk 4 and 1/2 blocks south on east side of Broadway
B or C to 72 Street – walk 3 blocks north on Central Park West, 2 and 1/2 blocks west on 74th Street, turn right
B or C to 81st Street/Museum of Natural History – walk 3 blocks south on Central Park West, 2 and 1/2 blocks west on 75th Street, turn left

 

QRO Coverage:

-Joe Bonamassa, November 15th, 2019 – photos

-Herbie Hancock, with Thundercat, August 1st, 2019 – Herbie Hancock photos, Thundercat photos

-Yann Tiersen, May 28th, 2019 – photos

-Rodrigo y Gabriela, May 18th, 2019 – photos

-Erasure, with Reed & Caroline, July 13th, 2018 – Erasure photos, Reed & Caroline photos

-Joe Bonamassa, September 20th, 2017 – photos

-Garbage, August 1st, 2017 – photos

-Wilco, March 21st, 2017 – live review, photos

-Above & Beyond, May 21st, 2016 – photos

-Jenny Lewis & The Watson Twins, with M. Ward, February 3rd, 2016 – Jenny Lewis & The Watson Twins photos, M. Ward photos

-‘StarTalk’ with Neil deGrasse Tyson, Eugene Mirman, Richard Dawkins, Jim Gaffigan, Maeve Higgins, and Bill Nye, November 18th, 2014 – live review

-alt-J, November 16th, 2014 – photos

-Tame Impala, November 10th, 2014 – photos

-Bryan Ferry, October 1st, 2014 – photos

-Lyle Lovett & His Large Band, August 23rd, 2014 – photos

-Tori Amos, August 12th, 2014 – photos

-Ringo Starr & His All-Star Band, June 17th, 2014 – live review, photos

-Johnny Hallyday, May 6th, 2014 – photos

-Rodrigo y Gabriela, May 2nd, 2014 – photos

-The Allman Brothers, March 21st, 2014 – photos

-Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings, February 6th, 2014 – photos

-Goldfrapp, September 10th, 2013 – photos

-Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, May 21st, 2013 – photos

-Tegan & Sara, February 20th, 2013 – live review, photos

-Johnny Hallyday, October 7th, 2012 – photos

-The National, December 12th, 2011 – photos

-Massive Attack, October 21st, 2010 – photos

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Beacon Theatre

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