Gramercy Theatre is located on 127 East 23rd Street, Manhattan, between Lexington Avenue and Park Avenue South. It is a relatively new venue, having only opened on March 7th, 2007, with stellastarr*. Unlike many ‘new’ venues, Gramercy was never previously a rock concert venue. Shortly after opening, Gramercy Theatre’s corporate naming rights were sold to Blender, Maxim’s music magazine spin-off, dubbing it ‘Blender Theater at Gramercy’, but after two years, the sponsorship ended when Blender folded, and the name reverted back to Gramercy Theatre.
Situated on the busy 23rd Street, just north of such established venues as Webster Hall and Irving Plaza, Gramercy Theatre is somewhat smaller, but unfortunately has a distinctly ‘cavernous’ feel, like a grand old-time theater whose large balcony section has been removed. There’s a sloped seated section in the back, but given its distance from the stage, and relative small size, it is a poor substitute. Gramercy Theatre also keeps with the New York tradition of large indie-rock venues, being more sparse and dusty than shiningly clean. It is also remarkably cold in temperature, but that actually can work in its favor, once the floor is packed and active.
A Live Nation venue (though they are currently trying to sell it), Gramercy Theatre Theater features a diverse collection of acts, from indie-rock like stellastarr* and Clap Your Hands Say Yeah to mainstream like Dashboard Confessionals, as well as classic rock/jam bands like Foghat, and even comedy like Gallagher. The alternative bands do tend more towards the indie-dance, whether electronically influenced groups such as VHS or Beta, or more straight-up party groups like Architecture in Helsinki.
127 East 23rd St. (Between Lexington Ave. and Park Ave. South)
4 & 6 trains to 23rd St. – walk 1/2 block west on North side of street
N & R trains to 23rd St. – walk 1 & 1/2 blocks east on North side of street
-The Damned, October 30th, 2016 – photos
-Michal Menert, October 10th, 2015 – photos
-Chris Robinson Brotherhood, February 21st, 2015 – photos
-Steel Panther, December 29th, 2014 – photos
-The Supersuckers, August 1st, 2014 – photos
-Seether, July 1st, 2014 – photos
-The Dear Hunter, March 28th, 2013 – photos
-Black Oxygen, September 25th, 2012 – photos
-The Maine, December 16th, 2011 – photos