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Paul Simon Re-Opens Beacon Theatre for Valentines Concert

Paul Simon re opens the Beacon Theatre with a Valentine concert. The Upper West Side landmark has been undergoing a $16 million renovation for the last 7 months.

The Beacon Theatre is the "older sister" to Radio City Music Hall. Both legendary venues were the "brainchild" of Samuel "Roxy" Rothafel, the great theatrical impresario and visionary of his time. Opened in 1928, the 2,800-seat Beacon Theatre is a fantastic Art Deco treasure.

Recognized as a national landmark -- the interior remains legally protected from alteration and demolition -- the three-level auditorium is distinguished by 30-foot statues of Greek women on each side of the proscenium arch.

Other features include an open-air lobby, bronze front doors, ornate moldings, white marble floors, and corridor murals depicting elephants, camels and traders.

Over the years the theatre had been white washed. In 2006 the theatre was bought by Madison Square Garden entertainment and they restored it to it's original colors.

Happy Valentines Day!

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