It is truly the end of an era in New York’s rich dance music history as Webster Hall has announced it will close its doors on August 5. The iconic club is set to be demolished, renovated, and eventually reopened after an indeterminate closure. The announcement of the legendary Manhattan venue’s shuttering comes just a few months after news broke that AEG and Brooklyn Sports Entertainment, the company that manages Barclay’s Arena, had assumed ownership of Webster Hall from former principal owner Lon Ballinger.
Webster Hall has a storied history of hosting some of the most celebrated recording artists of all time, from Frank Sinatra to Ray Charles, Prince to Eric Clapton. In recent years, Webster Hall became a landmark for New York’s flourishing electronic music scene, putting on some of the city’s most coveted dance shows. According to documents filed with the Manhattan Community Board, Webster Hall will reopen sometime between 2019 and 2020 as a new sports and entertainment venue, Spectrum Hall.
The club’s Director of Operations, Gerard McNamee Jr., expounded on the announcement via social media, detailing AEG’s plans to renovate the venue. Read the full statement below.