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  posted on 2/12/2009 at 10:53 AM
All I can say is wow. It looks beautiful. Go to the link to see
photos and some other media. Can't wait for the ABB run. Wow, an
alabaster water fountain. Can't wait to see this place. It really
warms my heart to know this place was restored instead of renovated.
Good job Mr Dolan. It looks beautiful.

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Restored to the Glamour of Its Vaudeville Days

By GLENN COLLINS
Published: February 11, 2009

"There were dozens of quasiarchaeological discoveries during the
seven-month renovation of the 80-year-old Beacon Theater in Manhattan.
The most telling, though, was the Folgers coffee can."

It had long been thought that a sparkly, 10-inch-wide, cut-crystal
ball the principal ornament at the tip of the 900-pound chandelier
in the rotunda of the former movie palace was attached with a sturdy
bronze fixture.

But when the chandelier was lowered to be cleaned, rewired and
repaired, the real support for the crystal orb was revealed: a vintage
6-inch-tall coffee tin.

"It was slathered with gold house paint" to match the chandelier, said
Marc Tarozzi, a vice president of facilities at Madison Square Garden
Entertainment, a division of Cablevision Systems Corporation, which in
2006 leased the Beacon for 20 years. "The original bronze was lost in
the mists of time."

He added, deadpan: "Actually we're not certain it was Folgers. But the
original color was definitely bright red."

Now replaced with a bronze fixture, the dented tin was a slipshod
token of neglect in the theater, at 2124 Broadway at West 74th Street.
It is familiar to generations of New Yorkers as a film and vaudeville
mecca, an all-around performance space, and, in recent decades, as the
Carnegie Hall of city rock rooms.

During a rehearsal on Wednesday, Paul Simon, the headliner for the
reopening celebration on Friday night, said: "I've performed here many
times and it was always fun, but I was overwhelmed to see how
beautiful it is now.

"It's a great house with a great vibe and its funkiness matched the
music in a way," he added. "But it's nicer to have clean seats."

During the renovation, which cost about $16 million, about 1,000
workers toiled in the opulent theater, an "Arabian Nights" pastiche of
Greek, Roman, Renaissance and Rococo elements.

They uncovered many surprises in the Beacon, which was declared a
landmark in 1979 and had been partially renovated many times, "often
ineptly," said Jay Marciano, president of Madison Square Garden
Entertainment.

The unsightly main box-office kiosk on Broadway, coated in layers of
cheap house paint, was revealed as a delicate birdcage of brass, glass
and marble.

A long-lost stairway also came to light, yielding a remnant of
venerable carpeting that inspired a replacement to adorn the lobbies,
auditorium and stairways: 2,100 square yards of custom-patterned wool
woven in gold, yellow, green and maroon.

In addition, an alert worker preparing to repaint an original water
fountain which was not working was startled to realize that it was
made of alabaster, Mr. Tarozzi said. It was cleaned and restored to
working order.

During the renovation, the Beacon's electrical system was redone for
the first time since the theater's construction, said Richard Claffey,
senior vice president for theater operations at the Garden. New
draperies with gold tassels replaced long-missing originals. A
misplaced canvas mural in the neoclassical rotunda was recreated based
on historical photographs.

New end standards along the aisles of the 2,829 new rust-red seats
were cast from patterns close to the originals. Furthermore, multiple
levels of ceiling cove lighting were rewired, then the fixtures
rebulbed, as restorers say, returning the illumination to a glory not
seen for 50 years, Mr. Tarozzi said.

Back to that poorly painted coffee tin: What will become of it?

"We'll wrap it in plexiglass and put it in someone's office," Mr.
Marciano said. "It should forever be part of the folklore of the place."

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/02/12/nyregion/12beacon.html?_r=2&ref=nyreg ion

 

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  posted on 2/12/2009 at 11:22 AM
Beautiful!

 

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  posted on 2/12/2009 at 11:45 AM
sweet! Will it look like that in April ?
 

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  posted on 2/12/2009 at 11:57 AM
Can't wait to see it next month.......

 

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  posted on 2/12/2009 at 12:08 PM
It looks beautiful. After putting so much money and work into the restoration, Beacon personnel will crack down on smoking inside the building. I would hope so, anyway. Time will tell.

 

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  posted on 2/12/2009 at 12:09 PM
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Can't wait to see it next month.......
Ditto!!!

 

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  posted on 2/12/2009 at 04:57 PM
Clean seats! Wow!
Seriously, it is just beautiful!

 

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  posted on 2/12/2009 at 05:02 PM
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Wow, an alabaster water fountain.
Sure makes $175.00 a seat feel better!

 

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  posted on 2/12/2009 at 05:04 PM
How many shows do you think it will take before your shoes get stuck to the floor again?

 

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