Manhattan’s iconic Irving Plaza music venue is closing this summer for a multi-million-dollar makeover of the 41-year-old, 1,200 capacity venue.
Numerous upgrades and renovations are planned for the venue that once hosted Woody Guthrie, Johnny Cash, The Foo Fighters, The Talking Heads, The Clash, The Ramones and Pope John Paul II and has been owned by the Polish Army Veterans of America since 1948. Located in New York’s Union Square neighborhood, the renovations at Irving Plaza will be overseen by Live Nation clubs and theaters division and include revamps of the lobby area and the music hall, new bars on all levels, the addition of a downstairs VIP lounge and remodeling of the mezzanine including a new box-seating section configuration.
Live Nation vp Arich Berghammer called Irving Plaza one of “the world’s most treasured music venues” and said artists and fans can expect “an unparalleled musical experience.”
“It is fitting that in the year that Poland celebrates its 100th anniversary of regaining its independence that District 2 and Live Nation have entered into an even closer long-term relationship to upgrade Irving Plaza to its original elegance and grandeur,” says building owner representative Mark Chroscielewski.
Shows are currently booked at Irving Plaza through June 30 and Live Nation officials say the venue will open in 2020 after eight months of work.