Beacon Theatre

2124 Broadway,
New York, NY 10023

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laurence
laurence on September 9, 2013 at 12:30 am

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 4:54 pm

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

NedMerrill
NedMerrill on November 21, 2012 at 2:12 pm

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

Simon Overton
Simon Overton on November 3, 2011 at 12:24 am

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 7:10 pm

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 13, 2011 at 1:49 am

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 6:44 pm

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 5:42 pm

I got clearview and cablevision mixed up.

oldjoe
oldjoe on December 1, 2010 at 5:24 pm

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 7:06 pm

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 6:44 pm

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 6:17 pm

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 5:03 pm

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.”

Tinseltoes
Tinseltoes on November 12, 2010 at 2:03 pm

I suspect that the reports about the United Palace were just a rumor started by the management to secure the booking when RCMH became unavailable. There was never any “official” announcement by the Tonys organization that they were even considering the United Palace, let alone booked it. I think that the story started in the New York Post, which has become notorious for its inaccuracy since Rupert Murdoch became publisher.

LuisV
LuisV on November 11, 2010 at 9:33 pm

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

Tinseltoes
Tinseltoes on November 10, 2010 at 9:54 pm

I thought that the next TONY Awards show was supposed to be held at the United Palace (ex-Loew’s 175th Street)? I guess that the latter proved too far uptown for the celebrity-studded Tony audience to travel to.

William
William on November 10, 2010 at 8:57 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.

Tinseltoes
Tinseltoes on October 19, 2010 at 2:31 pm

A special concert tonight (10/19) at the Beacon Theatre by Leon Russell and Elton John will be broadcast “live” on the Fuse TV channel, starting at 8pm (EDT). The event will promote their new CD, “The Union."
Further details at http://www.fuse.tv/

Tinseltoes
Tinseltoes on January 6, 2010 at 3:32 pm

Allmans will move uptown to the United Palace: View link

Tinseltoes
Tinseltoes on December 28, 2009 at 6:05 pm

Here’s an ultra-rare view of three vertical signs that the Beacon originally had in addition to the one at the Broadway entrance above the marqee. One is on 75th Street and the other two are on the Amsterdam Avenue side of the building. The one at left on Amsterdam Avenue was partly hidden by shadow at the time of photography. They stand at opposite ends of the fire escape section: View link

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on May 9, 2009 at 8:52 pm

Bryan Adams gave two “sell-out” performances at the Beacon Theatre on April 3rd and 4th, according to the May 2 issue of Billboard Magazine. Adams’s two shows sold a total of 5,590 tickets, for a gross of $301,576. Tickets were priced at $89.50 and $49.50.

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on April 23, 2009 at 9:36 pm

The Beacon is seeking to hire a Vice President & General Manager. For details, go to http://beacontheatre.com/, click on “Employment” at the bottom of the homepage, and enter job #2009-68.

RobertR
RobertR on April 17, 2009 at 8:33 pm

Another classic shot
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