Beacon Theatre

2124 Broadway,
New York, NY 10023

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moviebuff82
moviebuff82 on October 28, 2014 at 12:50 pm

See my comment on radio city…msg entertainment stock will be a good investment

laurence
laurence on September 8, 2013 at 4:30 pm

When I lived in NYC in the 1960s I used to go to the Beacon frequently – it still showed films then. Although a bit run-down, it was still a beautiful film palace, one of the last in the city. It is heartening to learn of its restoration. Alas, too bad about the splendid Broadway Paramount – another beautiful theater converted to offices. Too bad they could not have restored that one also!

Mikeoaklandpark
Mikeoaklandpark on November 21, 2012 at 8:54 am

It has been the home to the Tony awards for the past 2 years.

NedMerrill
NedMerrill on November 21, 2012 at 6:12 am

The theater also appears in Scorsese’s first feature, WHO’S THAT KNOCKING AT MY DOOR.

Simon Overton
Simon Overton on November 2, 2011 at 5:24 pm

Last night I watched “Conan” TWICE (11pm & 1pm), just to drink-in the fabulous stage and double balconies! The lighting and camera shots were superb but I was disappointed NOT to see the beautiful curtains used -as they do so from his L.A. show. Will some please call and put the word in the stage managers ear… I’ll be hopefully watching.

Mikeoaklandpark
Mikeoaklandpark on June 13, 2011 at 11:10 am

Great looking theater. It looks very much like an old time theater. Great show last night. Even though it is much smaller than Radio City, it was great for the Tony awards.

Patsy
Patsy on June 12, 2011 at 5:49 pm

The 2011 Tony Award Show is coming from the Beacon tonight and it is an awesome theatre..thanks to the television crew for featuring its beauty with their wide angle shots.

LuisV
LuisV on December 1, 2010 at 10:44 am

oldjoe, I stand by my comment. The United Palace does have a very successful track record over the years of holding successful concerts including a great many sell outs. That said, of course there is no comparison to the Beacon as a concert venue due to its location. Also, lets not forget that the United Palace’s main function is NOT a concert hall. It operates primarily as a church. The Beacon’s sole purpose is as a concert/performance space. As theaters go, the Loews’s 175th is much better than the Beacon and that is great praise as the Beacon is a beautiful theater in its own right, but the Loews……

William
William on December 1, 2010 at 9:42 am

I got clearview and cablevision mixed up.

oldjoe
oldjoe on December 1, 2010 at 9:24 am

Luis – the United Palace is a beautiful theatre, but it is not highly successful as a concert venue, despite the hype. The Allmans cancelled mulitple shows there this year. Another Greg Allman quote from Rolling Stone article. “Last March was a glamorous place and all that, but the location of it was — well, we won’t go into that,“ Gregg Allman said at the press conference. "Somebody told me the cab ride cost more than the ticket.”

The United Palace website has info about one past concert in October and one past concert in November – no upcoming events scheduled. The Beacon has 10 acts booked December according to their website – that is successful. I hope the UP does better in future, I’ve been there and it is stunning.

William – Radio City And Beacon are run by Madision Square Garden, not Clearview. Even when MSG was part of Cablevision and not its own publicly traded company; Clearview had nothing to do with operation of either venue.

William
William on November 29, 2010 at 11:06 am

Well said Luis, I have not been inside yet for a show. But hope to fix that in the coming year. It might be a location thing or the terms they got from Clearview, since they manage & operate both Radio City Music Hall and Beacon Theatre.

LuisV
LuisV on November 29, 2010 at 10:44 am

Well Al, you may not know why but obviously many other people do. The United Palace has a highly successful record of concerts. This theater is incredibly accessible via Subway. Who needs a car in Manhattan? While the location doesn’t begin to compare with the Beacon’s, it is by no means horrible. We do agree that this theater is among the most beautiful ever built and we are very lucky to still have it with us.

ACooke108
ACooke108 on November 29, 2010 at 10:17 am

There is no parking to be had at the United Palace. None.
And have you seen the neighborhood up there?
Skinny little streets to say the least..
That theater was built when it was expected that the neighborhood people would walk to it to see movies.
Worlds' most beautiful theater on the inside, butt-ugly on the outside, and horrible location. Don’t know why anybody would want to hold anything there.

oldjoe
oldjoe on November 29, 2010 at 9:03 am

The allman brothers are back at the Beacon in 2011 after a so-so run at the united palace this year

Rolling Stone Quote: “We’re back at home now,” Allman told Rolling Stone last month. “I don’t think they’ll ever put us out again. I think we got some kind of paper that says they won’t do it.”

LuisV
LuisV on November 11, 2010 at 1:33 pm

Does anyone know the “official” reason for dumping the Loew’s 175th for the Beacon?

William
William on November 10, 2010 at 12:57 pm

The Broadway League and the American Theatre Wing have announced that the Beacon Theatre will host next years TONY Awards show. Since Radio City is not available for the show.

RobertR
RobertR on April 17, 2009 at 12:33 pm

Another classic shot
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Denpiano
Denpiano on April 13, 2009 at 7:39 am

if
I ever recover from this cursed stroke,i’m gonna talk with Mr. Dolan about other theatres of interest for sure.

LuisV
LuisV on April 11, 2009 at 10:33 am

I too was disappointed that there wasn’t more emphasis on the “history” of the theater and I also turned it off about half way through because I got tired of all the old people saying the same thing over and over. I taped it so I will see the rest of it, but I’m sure it won’t get better.

I understand that this is produced by MSG and that they probably had a very small budget, but I still think it should have had more history and less yapping.

That said, it appears that MSG has done an exemplary job at the Beacon and I tip my hat to James Dolan and his staff. Personally, I think the Dolans have practically driven Cablevision , the Knicks, the Rangers, and the Garden into the ground, but the one business line where I feel they have done a great job is at Radio City and The Beacon. Now, if we could only get Jimmy Dolan to visit the Loew’s Kings in Brooklyn!

oldjoe
oldjoe on April 10, 2009 at 9:39 am

i turned off the TV half way through the show – i was looking for more detail on the forenics and research of the restoration. I always loved the accoustics at the beacon …to each their own.

ACooke108
ACooke108 on April 10, 2009 at 8:51 am

And by the way, it never had good acoustics, contrary to what was said. They even admitted as much when showing how they’ve now put speakers practically everywhere to shore up the acoustical shortcomings. It was always distorted on the low end to my ears. But it looks like the modern technology will help.

edblank
edblank on April 10, 2009 at 8:25 am

Bravo, Al, for your observations about the short-sightedness and lack of research and information in faux documentaries. I’ve seen few “documentaries” in theaters in the past 20 years that weren’t simply love letters to their subjects.