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  posted on 1/10/2008 at 02:56 PM
From an email I received today:

Madison Square Garden Entertainment™ is pleased to add The Legendary Chicago Theatre to their famed portfolio of world-class venues which also includes Madison Square Garden®, Radio City Music Hall®, The Beacon Theatre™, and the WaMu Theater at MSG. MSGE has hosted many of the greatest moments in live entertainment and looks forward to bringing Chicago more unforgettable concerts and events for generations to come.

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  posted on 1/10/2008 at 03:20 PM

 

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  posted on 1/10/2008 at 03:24 PM
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  posted on 1/10/2008 at 03:24 PM
That is certainly discouraging news. Hopefully they won't change the place too much. The Chicago Theater is a lot like the Becaon but a little nicer. Its got a great marquis outside and is gorgeous inside. Truly a wonderful place to see a show. While I am not thrilled about MSG acquiring the venue, I hope it means the Brothers will return to playing there. I just hate the Rosemont Theater.

 

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  posted on 1/10/2008 at 03:37 PM
Yeah, I don't know how to feel about that. The Chicago Theatre is a BEATUIFUL theatre, so as long as it stays that way, I guess that's fine. Although I haven't been to a show there since the last time the ABB were there. I either have been missing out or there have been a lot less concerts there.

As far as the Rosemont Theatre goes, I have no problem with that place, in fact location wise it actually is easier for me. While it's not as nice as the Chicago Theatre, I have experienced several wonderful shows with excellent sound there including every ABB show I've been to there. - Although I want to add, that at every theatre show with the ABB I've been to, I noticed if you're in the wrong spot (i.e. in the back on the floor, way under the balcony, or far off to a side) the sound is just to quiet in those areas and a very high energy show can sound pretty lame comparitively.

 

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  posted on 1/10/2008 at 04:05 PM
Third owners in less than five years.

I wouldn't worry too much about it. It's a beautiful place, what can they do that is that bad? The previous owners didn't even have concerts there, which btw was the impetus for the ABB going out to Rosemont. Let's hope they come back downtown.

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  posted on 1/10/2008 at 04:07 PM
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  posted on 1/10/2008 at 04:07 PM
Another one bites the dust

 

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  posted on 1/10/2008 at 04:19 PM
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Third owners in less than five years.

I wouldn't worry too much about it. It's a beautiful place, what can they do that is that bad? The previous owners didn't even have concerts there, which btw was the impetus for the ABB going out to Rosemont. Let's hope they come back downtown.

[Edited on 1/10/2008 by Lee]


Maybe like they are planning to do at the Beacon, they'll take out all of the seats on the main floor and turn it into general admission so as to squeeze more $$$ out of concert-goers. Maybe they'll have the Knicks play there, too!

 

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  posted on 1/10/2008 at 04:28 PM
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Third owners in less than five years.

I wouldn't worry too much about it. It's a beautiful place, what can they do that is that bad? The previous owners didn't even have concerts there, which btw was the impetus for the ABB going out to Rosemont. Let's hope they come back downtown.

[Edited on 1/10/2008 by Lee]


Maybe like they are planning to do at the Beacon, they'll take out all of the seats on the main floor and turn it into general admission so as to squeeze more $$$ out of concert-goers. Maybe they'll have the Knicks play there, too!


I don't see that happening with the Chicago Theater. While Neil Young played there recently, they use the theater for more than just concerts. They will need those seats for musicals and plays. Maybe I am wrong on this point but I would be stunned if they implemented big changes to the seating area. I am more concerned with the staff they hire. Chicago Theater has typically had nice, professional people working for them. The Beacon tends to hire people out on work release.

 

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  posted on 1/10/2008 at 04:32 PM
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I am more concerned with the staff they hire. Chicago Theater has typically had nice, professional people working for them. The Beacon tends to hire people out on work release.


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  posted on 1/10/2008 at 04:36 PM
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Third owners in less than five years.

I wouldn't worry too much about it. It's a beautiful place, what can they do that is that bad? The previous owners didn't even have concerts there, which btw was the impetus for the ABB going out to Rosemont. Let's hope they come back downtown.

[Edited on 1/10/2008 by Lee]


Maybe like they are planning to do at the Beacon, they'll take out all of the seats on the main floor and turn it into general admission so as to squeeze more $$$ out of concert-goers. Maybe they'll have the Knicks play there, too!


Hmm, well the Knicks suck and there's already a craptacular basketball team here so we won't need that.

Sure hope they don't turn it into an SRO venue. That would not be good!

 
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  posted on 1/10/2008 at 04:54 PM
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  posted on 1/10/2008 at 05:05 PM
From news articles I've read about entertainment venues in Chicago it sounds like there have been problems in getting any kind of good management in place for Chicago Theater which is a sin since it's such a beautiful place. I personally like the location, also - walking distance from Lake, Art Center, Grant Park, Michigan Ave. El ride away from Lincoln Park and points north. And I'm planning on seeing ABB there in 2008. (would much prefer to Rosemont!)

 

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  posted on 1/10/2008 at 05:19 PM
I agree that with all the other "activities" that take place
at The Chicago Theatre, I don't see them changing the venue all that much,
if at all. I'll bet the cost of seeing a show there and the contracts for
the hiring of employees may take a drastic change - and probably not
in a good way for the typical fan.
There may be some solstice, once again there is an interested party in
acquiring the Uptown Theatre. A very nice old movie theatre that holds
about 4,500 folks for a show. I saw many a show there in the mid to late '70's
including the Brothers.
The bad news is that Live Nation is the group interested in restoring and re-opening
the grand ol gal.

 

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  posted on 1/10/2008 at 05:24 PM
marco - I attended some shows at the Uptown Theater back in the 70's, also (while living in Chicago's Uptown district). Agree - this would be a good venue for refurbishing and using. Whatever happened to the Avalon Ballroom - still holding shows there? I always thought that was a beautiful place.

 

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  posted on 1/10/2008 at 05:49 PM
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marco - I attended some shows at the Uptown Theater back in the 70's, also (while living in Chicago's Uptown district). Agree - this would be a good venue for refurbishing and using. Whatever happened to the Avalon Ballroom - still holding shows there? I always thought that was a beautiful place.



You mean The Aragon, correct?

That has been refurbished to what it looked like back in the day. It is beautiful inside!

But I've seen a few shows there and the sound is just awful.

 
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marco - I attended some shows at the Uptown Theater back in the 70's, also (while living in Chicago's Uptown district). Agree - this would be a good venue for refurbishing and using. Whatever happened to the Avalon Ballroom - still holding shows there? I always thought that was a beautiful place.

You mean The Aragon, correct?

That has been refurbished to what it looked like back in the day. It is beautiful inside!

But I've seen a few shows there and the sound is just awful.
Yes - Aragon! Attended a few shows there when I lived in Chicago and loved the place. Glad to hear that the theater retains it's beauty...not so much on the awful sound (I'm not remembering that but... )

 

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  posted on 1/10/2008 at 08:04 PM
Not sure how I feel about this, hopefully the brothers will return. Being from Chicago I can let you know the Rosemont theater absolutely blows. If your thinking of seeing a show there, don't.

 

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I have to agree, I can't stand the rosemont. I saw the Allmans there once and will never go back. I hate the location and the security is real anal. On top of all that the sound is just alright. I stronglly suggest nobody ever go there! Too bad they won't come back to the Chicago Theater.
 

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  posted on 1/11/2008 at 09:48 AM
The Rosemont is fine for sound. Saw Neil Young acoustic and David Gilmour there, along with the Brothers everytime they show up. It's convenient to get to.

It doesn't have the character of the Chicago Theatre, and I would much rather see the ABB do a 2 or 3 day run on a weekend like they use to (more conductive to people coming from out of town for the shows). I like staying downtown to watch a multiple night stand.

I don't like the 'no drinks in the seats' policy, but it also doesn't suck to have a comfortable seat without a bunch of drunks spilling beer all over you....

I'm not going to let a venue keep me from seeing the ABB when they are in my town.....

 

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  posted on 1/11/2008 at 11:27 AM
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I'm not going to let a venue keep me from seeing the Barry Manilow when he is in my town.....



Well enjoy the United Center show this weekend!

 
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