Legendary New York rock music venue, the 131-year-old Webster Hall is set to close. The announcement came on Facebook from director of operations Gerard McNamee. The venue had already been sold by the Ballinger family, who have owned it since 1989, to AEG and Brooklyn Sports & Entertainment (BSE).
It will hold a final concert, one of its Gotham club nights, on 5 August, before it will be closed for an “undisclosed period of time” before being demolished, renovated, reopened. It was initially thought that when the sale went ahead back in April that it was going to be reopened soon but now that doesn’t appear to be the case.
According to Billboard AEG and BSE were going to “spend about $10 million renovating Webster Hall’s Grand Ballroom, The Studio and The Marlin Room spaces to bring them up to contemporary standards and add a few more customer features.” The renovation means it will no longer be the hallowed, independent venue of old, and will instead be under corporate management.