New York's Webster Hall Announces Spring Reopening

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Exterior view of the last show at Webster Hall on Aug. 10, 2017 in New York City. 

The iconic concert venue has been shuttered since August of 2017.

Iconic New York City music venue Webster Hall has announced it will reopen this spring, following a year and a half of renovations.

Webster Hall shuttered in August of 2017 with a performance from Action Bronson marking the occasion.

In a newsletter sent on Wednesday, the over 130-year-old venue wrote, “While we’ve been closed, we have made some venue enhancements and think you will dig them. While updates are still underway, we are pleased to say that Webster Hall will return in Spring 2019.”

The newsletter added that great announcements would be “coming soon.”

After 27 years of operating Webster Hall, the Ballinger family sold the Manhattan concert hall to AEG and BSE in April of 2017. The two firms took over operating rights, assets and the long-term lease from building owner Unity Gallega.

AEG Presents chairman Jay Marciano previously told Billboard that the two entities planned to spend roughly $10 million on renovating Webster Hall’s Grand Ballroom, The Studio and The Marlin Room spaces “to bring them up to contemporary standards and add a few more customer features.”

Talent buying and booking responsibilities for the reopened Webster Hall will be taken over by Bowery Presents, in which AEG Presents purchased a 50-percent stake in January 2017. Bowery previously had an exclusive deal with the venue that ended in March 2014 and will once again be in charge of programming and marketing the hall.

First built in 1886 by architect Charles Rentz, the venue served as a social hall for the Lower East Side’s working-class and immigrant population throughout the Great Depression before becoming an internationally recognized music hall. It was purchased by RCA Records and operated as a recording studio and acoustically treated ballroom in the 1950s and '60s and then became a full-time concert venue known as The Ritz beginning in 1980. The Ballinger family took control of the venue in 1989.


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