Theater receives a $15 million makeover
Following a seven-month, $15 million renovation, Gotham’s Beacon Theater will reopen with a pair of Paul Simon concerts on Feb. 13 and 14.The 2,800-seat, Upper West Side showcase, which Cablevision subsid MSG Entertainment acquired in November 2006, originally opened in 1929. Designed by Chicago architect Walter Ahlschlager, it had been used for opera, films, vaudeville and theatrical productions. In 1979 it received landmark designation, and it has functioned primarily as a concert venue since the late 1980s. The Beacon has been praised for its eclectic mix of Art Deco and neo-Grecian architecture as well as superior acoustics. It was the setting for Martin Scorsese’s 2008 Rolling Stones concert film “Shine a Light.” Following the Simon shows, the Beacon will host Canadian singer-songwriter Leonard Cohen’s first U.S. performance in 15 years on Feb. 19.