New York, NY 10023
Opened in 1928, the Beacon Theater was originally a vaudeville hall. Then it became a movie palace with the advent of talkies. Now a nationally registered Art Deco landmark, the theater presents both stage and music performances for almost three decades. It's an ideal place to catch national rock acts before they play arenas, as well as dramatists and rap, gospel and world music acts.
The Beacon's graduating rows of cushioned chairs make it easy to forget its 2,800-capacity size, even in the balconies. The open stage allows performers little place to hide and plenty of room to shine
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