The restoration of the Beacon Theatre landed one of the New York Landmarks Conservancy’s prestigious Moses Preservation awards.
The project, which was completed last year, focused on the venue’s interior mix of restoring much of its Greek, Roman, Renaissance and Rococo styles to the way it looked back in 1929. The updates, which also included new seats and a new sound design, make it worth getting to a show at the Beacon early enough to take a look around.
"Madison Square Garden embarked on The Beacon restoration with tremendous respect for the deep connection the venue has had with so many performers and patrons over its history," said Jay Marciano, president, Madison Square Garden Entertainment. "We are extremely proud that the restored Beacon now includes state-of-the-art technology, acoustics and first-class ambiance, while remaining true to the unique original vision of Roxy Rothafel."
Madison Square Garden Entertainment acquired the Beacon in 2006 and commissioned Beyer Blinder Belle Architects & Planners to handle the restoration.
The theater will receive the award, along with The High Line, the Empire State Building Lobby, the American Museum of Natural History, Roosevelt House and six other projects, at a ceremony on April 21.
PHOTO: Dave Matthews Band performs at the new Beacon Theatre by Getty Images.