Beacon Theatre in New York City

by Denise Marie

The Beacon Theatre is located on Broadway in New York City, New York. It is operated by Madison Square Garden and is the number one live music hall in the country. Built in the late 1920’s, this historic landmark offers three different levels of concert and event space that accommodates hundreds of patrons for each event. The Art Deco building is inviting with its Brazilian wood floors making this the most versatile space for any event.

Sister site to Radio City Music Hall, Beacon Theatre has been a legendary rock house since 1926 when Herbert Lubin conceived the building with dreams of turning it into the Roxy Theatre. The goal in mind was to become a part of the movie places in New York City hosting 6000 seats and to become the number one entertainment capital of the world.

The theatre was designed by Walter Ahlschlager, a Chicago architect in Art Deco design. It was first opened to the public as an opera, movie, musical production and vaudeville acts venue. It was named as a national landmark in 1979 by the National Register of Historic Places. The Beacon Theatre was the very first concert venue to offer IMAX in 1991 for the Rolling Stones at the Max film.

The Theatre joined MSG Entertainment in 2006 becoming part of the world class venue family and continues to grow to what music lovers know as the rock house of the world.

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Concerts and Events, Past and Present
The theatre is known for its flawless acoustics that was designed for moving pictures and musical events, past concerts, events and current shows. Many rock concerts have taken place as well as awards shows, president’s birthday celebrations and much more.

It has become a favorite destination since the twenties and gains in popularity daily for its rock concerts, R&B events and other musical genre.

Some of the greatest names in the music industry have and continue to make their appearance at the Beacon. Aerosmith, Queen, Michael Jackson, Rolling Stones, James Taylor and Jerry Garcia are just some icons of the music industry that have performed in past shows. The Allman Brothers have an annual concert that takes place every spring.

This is known as the Beacon Run and has been a memorable event since 1989.
Many operatic events take place such as Madame Butterfly and Ballet on Broadway. Rental space is available with catering upon request and other amenities.

Visiting the Beacon Theatre
Concessions and restrooms are available during normal business hours. Ensuring each visitor experiences nothing but entertainment and the right accommodations, there are disabled services available for patrons that need assistance. Emergency Medical Technicians are in-house for each event. Ticket prices and hours vary depending on each event.

Visit the Beacon Theatre website for detailed information and to browse through the calendar of events to plan your trip to the number one iconic theatre of New York City. For accommodations the Beacon Hotel is located across the street offering Beacon Theatre visitors special rates.

The Lincoln Center | Known as the Lincoln Center of Performing Arts

by Denise Marie

The Lincoln Center is located in the Upper West Side of New York City. It is technically known as the Lincoln Center of Performing Arts. For the last 10 years Reynold Levy has been the president that foresees the 16.3 acre complex. Ever since the doors first opened the center has been committed to bringing the best performing arts to visitors from all parts of the world.

The center is home to many major performance arts events and was the first ever center to offer wheelchair seating and to accommodate disabled visitors. There are around 17 blocks of neighboring buildings that make up the center.

History of the Lincoln Center
The mid 1950’s is when Robert Moses created his master plan for Manhattan. It was envisioned to create and develop a major performing arts center that would be recognized worldwide by an audience with diverse views and from all walks of life. Many architects played a part with the creation of the center such as Wallace Harrison, Max Abramovitz, Pietro Belluschi, Gordon Bunshaft, Davis, Brody and Associates, Philip Johnson and Eero Saarinen.

In 1955 is when the Lincoln Center was designated for urban renewal and incorporated in 1956. The Avery Fisher Hall was the first complex to open back in 1962 and the renovation of the north and central plazas were unveiled in 2010.

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The Lincoln Center offers 41 on-campus venues including the following: Alice Tully Hall, Avery Fisher Hall, The Metropolitan Opera House, The Vivian Beaumont Theater, The Mitzi e. Newhouse Theater, The Walter Reade Theater, Barclays Capital Grove, Broadway Plaza, Bruno Walter Auditorium, Charles B. Benenson Grove, Clark Studio, Daniel and Joanna S Rose Studio, Damrosch Park, David Rubenstein Atrium, David H Koch Theater, Dizzy’s Club Coca Cola, Dorothy and Lewis B Cullman Center, Elinor Bunin Monroe Film Center, Film Center Amphitheatre, Francesca Beale Theater, Frank A Bennack Jr Courtyard, Hearst Plaza, Howard Gilman Theater, Illumination Lawn, Josie Robertson Plaza, Lincoln Center Theater, Morse Hall, North Plaza, Paul Hall, Paul Milstein Pool, Peter Jay Harp Theater, The New York Public Library, The Julliard School, The Allen Room, Stephanie P McClelland Drama Theater, Stanley H Kaplan Penthouse, South Plaza, Rosemary and Meredith Willson Theater, Rose Building, Rose Theater and Ronald P Stanton Way.

There are currently two off campus venues that include the New York City Center and the Booth Theater.

Visiting the Lincoln Center
There are many tours along with a variety of performances while visiting the center. Eateries include a wide variety of different cuisines such as a luncheon café, food and wine, espresso bars, private dining sectors and lounges. There are many shopping venues including gift shops, bookstores and the Performing Arts Shop where you may purchase collectibles and prints.

If you plan to visit New York City you can reach the Lincoln Center by taxi, bus and cab. You can view the annual schedule of events online and can purchase tickets by visiting the box office or the main website.

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