Considered the older sister to the legendary Radio City Music Hall, Beacon Theatre has served as a landmark in the New York City arts community since it opened its doors in 1929 as a destination for vaudeville acts, musical productions, drama, opera and movies. The venue was designed by Chicago architect Walter Ahlschlager in the glamourous Art Deco style, and it was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1979.
Beacon Theatre has hosted countless acts, ranging from operatic performances of Madame Butterfly to teachings by the Dalai Lama, but it is most known for concerts spanning popular music. Pop superstar Michael Jackson, Grateful Dead guitarist Jerry Garcia and alternative rockers Radiohead have performed in the historic venue. Thanks to their annual spring residency, the Allman Brothers Band performed more than 200 shows at the Beacon. The Rolling Stones filmed Live at the Max at the venue in 1991, making it the first music venue to film an IMAX movie.
Located on the Upper West Side of Manhattan at 2124 Broadway, Beacon Theatre is just a short walk from the Hudson River to the west or Central Park to the east. Hotel Beacon is adjacent to the theater, and additional accommodations are just a short walk away. The nearby Columbus and Amsterdam avenues are known for their trendy restaurants, and there are plenty of options for pre- or post-show cocktails.
The theater offers seating in the orchestra, loge and balcony sections, and it is handicap accessible. Doors typically open one hour prior to showtime, and concessions are available for purchase during each performance.