Morrison Hotel Gallery Loft is located at 116 Prince Street in SoHo, Manhattan, between Wooster and Greene Streets. The actual Morrison Hotel Gallery was located street-level at 124 Prince Street, but has since moved upstairs to 116. It is a private gallery owned by Peter Blachley, and while it is best known for displaying high quality fine art music photography, Blachley has begun to expand the space’s events to include musical performances.
The loft itself isn’t large, but has the tables & chairs (and leather sofas) feel of such upscale NYC venues as Joe’s Pub and Rockwood Music Hall. The performance space is to the right of the entrance, right in front of the windows overlooking Spring Street (and performances there can be heard on the street). The gallery walls have had amazing ‘Unseen Beatles’ photos – not the million-and-one photos you’ve seen before of the most famous band in the world, but great ones you’ve never gazed before, and in ultra-high quality one isn’t used to seeing the Fab Four in. The space also usually have some sort of higher-class free alcohol.
While still very much a gallery loft that holds intimate performances, the place creates the kind of social atmosphere not found in your usual standing room rock clubs or seated theaters. DIY hipsters might decry it for being too classy, but it’s a great way to go up-market and up-close.
Capacity: 60 to 80
116 Prince Street, Manhattan (between Wooster and Green Streets)
-Graham Nash book signing, September 28th, 2013 (Morrison Hotel Gallery) – photos
–Big Easy Express screening, with Christian Letts and Peter Blachley, December 14th, 2012 – live review