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  posted on 11/6/2006 at 10:33 AM
I heard this morning on 1010wins news that the Dolan's will be taking over the Beacon, not sure when. I hope they don't turn it into some b.s. corporate venue like everything else around today. It is in need of renovation, so perhaps their capital might be a good thing.
 
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  posted on 11/6/2006 at 10:52 AM
From Today's Daily News ........................................................................... ...Beacon of change

Cablevision's Dolans in deal to run theater

BY JANE H. FURSE
DAILY NEWS WRITER


Michael Jackson and Bruce Springsteen (below) have both played at the 2,800-seat Beacon, which Cablevision's Dolan family is in negotiations to run.




The Dolan family has plans to add a jewel to the crown of its Cablevision and sports empire with a deal to lease the fabled Beacon Theater, it was reported yesterday.
Broadway Beacon Co., which owns the landmarked theater on Broadway at 74th St., has negotiated a long-term lease with MSG Entertainment, Cablevision's concert-production arm, according to Crain's New York Business.

If the deal goes through, the Beacon would become another high-profile entertainment property run by the family that also controls Madison Square Garden, Radio City Entertainment, MSG Network, the Knicks, the Rangers and the Liberty.

A spokeswoman for MSG Entertainment said yesterday that the company would announce its plans within a few weeks.

But one insider told Crain's that MSG could be expected to beef up the Beacon's current roster of concerts with corporate events and awards ceremonies.

It would also renovate the aging 2,800-seat theater, which first opened its doors in 1929 as a house for vaudeville acts and newfangled talkies.

"The Beacon is rundown, and the hope is that MSG will do a better job operating and maintaining it," the insider told Crain's.

Concertgoers might also expect ticket prices to go up at the Beacon, one of the city's few midsize venues for popular music acts.

That's because MSG would be paying more rent than the current leaseholder, and the Dolans have a virtual monopoly on the major concert market in Manhattan.

Last month, the Dolans made a second attempt within two years to take Cablevision private, offering public shareholders $27 per share in cash. An earlier offer was blocked by the company's board.

Upper West Side Story

* Designed by Chicago architect Walter Ahlschlager in the Art Deco style, the Beacon Theater opened in 1929 as a movie palace and forum for vaudeville acts.

* Known for its flawless acoustics, The Beacon was designated a national landmark in 1979.

* A 1986 proposal to convert the 2,708-seat theater into a disco was blocked when a judge ruled the change would irreparably damage the building's architecture.

* In December 1995, a severely dehydrated Michael Jackson collapsed onstage during a rehearsal for an HBO special.

* Each March since the mid-1990s, The Allman Brothers Band has taken over the theater for an extended concert series fans call 'The Beacon Run.'
* On Oct. 29, Bill Clinton ended his 60th birthday celebrations at the Beacon with a private Rolling Stones concert.



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  posted on 11/6/2006 at 12:01 PM
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From Today's Daily News ........................................................................... ...Beacon of change

Cablevision's Dolans in deal to run theater

BY JANE H. FURSE
DAILY NEWS WRITER


Michael Jackson and Bruce Springsteen (below) have both played at the 2,800-seat Beacon, which Cablevision's Dolan family is in negotiations to run.




The Dolan family has plans to add a jewel to the crown of its Cablevision and sports empire with a deal to lease the fabled Beacon Theater, it was reported yesterday.
Broadway Beacon Co., which owns the landmarked theater on Broadway at 74th St., has negotiated a long-term lease with MSG Entertainment, Cablevision's concert-production arm, according to Crain's New York Business.

If the deal goes through, the Beacon would become another high-profile entertainment property run by the family that also controls Madison Square Garden, Radio City Entertainment, MSG Network, the Knicks, the Rangers and the Liberty.

A spokeswoman for MSG Entertainment said yesterday that the company would announce its plans within a few weeks.

But one insider told Crain's that MSG could be expected to beef up the Beacon's current roster of concerts with corporate events and awards ceremonies.

It would also renovate the aging 2,800-seat theater, which first opened its doors in 1929 as a house for vaudeville acts and newfangled talkies.

"The Beacon is rundown, and the hope is that MSG will do a better job operating and maintaining it," the insider told Crain's.

Concertgoers might also expect ticket prices to go up at the Beacon, one of the city's few midsize venues for popular music acts.

That's because MSG would be paying more rent than the current leaseholder, and the Dolans have a virtual monopoly on the major concert market in Manhattan.

Last month, the Dolans made a second attempt within two years to take Cablevision private, offering public shareholders $27 per share in cash. An earlier offer was blocked by the company's board.

Upper West Side Story

* Designed by Chicago architect Walter Ahlschlager in the Art Deco style, the Beacon Theater opened in 1929 as a movie palace and forum for vaudeville acts.

* Known for its flawless acoustics, The Beacon was designated a national landmark in 1979.

* A 1986 proposal to convert the 2,708-seat theater into a disco was blocked when a judge ruled the change would irreparably damage the building's architecture.

* In December 1995, a severely dehydrated Michael Jackson collapsed onstage during a rehearsal for an HBO special.

* Each March since the mid-1990s, The Allman Brothers Band has taken over the theater for an extended concert series fans call 'The Beacon Run.'

* On Oct. 29, Bill Clinton ended his 60th birthday celebrations at the Beacon with a private Rolling Stones concert.



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  posted on 11/6/2006 at 12:09 PM
This is horrible news. F the Dolans.

 

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  posted on 11/6/2006 at 12:27 PM
This has been rumored for along time now. As somebody said awhile ago " The Beacon in March is our piece of heaven".I hope this not the beginning of the end.
 

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  posted on 11/6/2006 at 12:30 PM
Makes me even more glad that I'm going to see Mule there on NYE.
 

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  posted on 11/6/2006 at 01:47 PM
Sad news indeed. Those of us who've been "touched" by the Dolans know this is not good at all. Hopefully the deal doesn't go through till after our March Madness. I will certainly savor every moment of my Mule show 12/30!

 

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  posted on 11/6/2006 at 01:57 PM
"The Beacon is rundown, and the hope is that MSG will do a better job operating and maintaining it," the insider told Crain's


This guy obviously has never been to MSG,the Garden has needed modernizing for YEARS.

As a Ranger season ticket holder for the last 10 years, there's nothing good about the building that is MSG. It's so far behind in the times, mind you it's not The Meadowlands or Nassau Coliseum but it needs to be updated.

Hopefully the fact that the Beacon is a National Landmark will limit the type of renovations that Dolan and Co will be able to do.

 

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  posted on 11/6/2006 at 02:16 PM
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This is horrible news. F the Dolans.

As I posted on the GB this morning, look for increased tix and archaic security.The Dolans' are the reverse of the Midas touch.

 

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  posted on 11/6/2006 at 02:20 PM
Glad I went the last few years it sure will not be the same. Hopefully the Brothers can get one final Beacon run in before the vibe is ruined if its not too late.

 

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  posted on 11/6/2006 at 02:27 PM
I don't want to beat this thing, but I can see them closing the Beacon for renovations, telling Brother's mgmt."just do a couple of nite's at Radio City".I've already voiced my dsapproval with Cablevision and Madison Sq. Garden.Somehow, I don't think it will matter.
 

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  posted on 11/6/2006 at 02:28 PM
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As a Ranger season ticket holder for the last 10 years, there's nothing good about the building that is MSG. It's so far behind in the times, mind you it's not The Meadowlands or Nassau Coliseum but it needs to be updated.




One good thing about MSG is, they have very few championship banners cluttering up the rafters.

Out of those three arenas, I'd rather see ANY type of event at Nassau than at MSG or the Meadowlands. It's the furthest from me, but the sightlines and sound are much better than the other two.

 

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  posted on 11/6/2006 at 03:53 PM
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As a Ranger season ticket holder for the last 10 years, there's nothing good about the building that is MSG. It's so far behind in the times, mind you it's not The Meadowlands or Nassau Coliseum but it needs to be updated.




One good thing about MSG is, they have very few championship banners cluttering up the rafters.

Out of those three arenas, I'd rather see ANY type of event at Nassau than at MSG or the Meadowlands. It's the furthest from me, but the sightlines and sound are much better than the other two.


The only nice thing about The Coliseum is that is does have an intimate feel for an "arena" it's very old school and very small.The seating is a bit cramped but for a concert it's not bad.

I'd like to see the Allmans at The Theater at MSG soley for the intimate feel, on the other hand the seating is so tierd that in the back rows you feel like your across the street.
The ABB played Radio City in 95' . It was alot of fun, but it's not the Beacon , nothing is !

 

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  posted on 11/6/2006 at 05:07 PM
Ticket prices going up. Are you freakin kidding me. It's already tough coming up with 85 bucks per show for the ABB. I'll be lucky to go to 2 shows if they raise the prices.
 

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  posted on 11/6/2006 at 05:24 PM
I dont think any of this goes into effect until after the next run so ENJOY while it lasts.
 

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  posted on 11/6/2006 at 05:50 PM
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Ticket prices going up. Are you freakin kidding me. It's already tough coming up with 85 bucks per show for the ABB. I'll be lucky to go to 2 shows if they raise the prices.


$85 per show is cheap, then again, sit in the balcony if $85 is to steep.
It's by far on of the more reasonable ticket prices out there.

 

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  posted on 11/6/2006 at 06:04 PM
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Jim Dolan, you destroyed the Knicks and now you're screwing with my favorite venue. GIVE IT UP. you are one devious c. montgomery burns-style ?#*&^%. you rich ba$tard, you clearly don't know squat about blues, sports, music in general, and you have shown time and time again that you're a terrible businessman. so put down your $200,000 guitar, take that stupid hat you wear, and shove it right up your arse.



Uh, I'd like to state that I am not that Jim Dolan just so I'm not run out of here on a rail

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  posted on 11/6/2006 at 06:07 PM
and, oh yeah, I got to experience the ABB for a weekend at the Beacon back in 2004. Anything that would change what's been going on there the past couple of decades with the Allman Brothers would be a down-right shame... including ticket prices.

 

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  posted on 11/6/2006 at 08:25 PM
James Dolan has a blues band that he palys with...hope he's not requiring all acts to let him open.

 
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  posted on 11/6/2006 at 08:34 PM
So there you have it folks.

Lets all savor every moment of Beacon 07, beause it will never be the same

I agree with Rubba.
EFF the Dolans.

 

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  posted on 11/6/2006 at 09:24 PM
I was at the Beacon this past saturday for Carlos Mancia. I think the place
is in great shape. The only thing that might need fixin' is the mens room. Other than that they should keep their hands off!!!

 

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  posted on 11/6/2006 at 10:02 PM
Everythingt he Dolans touch turns to $hit.

Last we heard, the likely scenario jad them ripping out the orchestra seating and making it like the Hammerstein, w/ vendors on the floor.

Rubba is right.

The Beacon has been the last holdout in NYC, and now...

 

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  posted on 11/6/2006 at 10:05 PM
Eff it.

One last Beacon run in 07

Then I become a DTB tour rat

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  posted on 11/6/2006 at 10:12 PM
soak it all in one last time this coming run
 

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  posted on 11/6/2006 at 10:13 PM
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soak it all in one last time this coming run


You mean at Yogi's or the Beacon?

 

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