On Saturday, we posted the scoop from Billboard about the Roseland Ballroom's closure... at the time of Billboard's report, there hadn't been any announcement from Roseland's ownership.
They made the it formal today with the following release received via the EVG inbox...
NYC’S ROSELAND BALLROOM SCHEDULES CLOSING IN 2014
Today, Roseland Ballroom announced that it will cease operations in April 2014. Roseland Development Associates, LLC, owners of Roseland, issued the following statement in response to media reports about the venue’s closure next year:
“The owners of 239 West 52nd Street have operated the Roseland Ballroom for over three decades. Managing Roseland has been a labor of love, which is why we have deferred major changes for all these years. Plans to redevelop the property are now underway and will be made public when they are finalized. Roseland will cease operations at the end of April 2014.”
Live Nation, the world’s leading live entertainment company, which has had an exclusive music booking agreement with Roseland Ballroom since 1990, issued the following statement:
“We enjoyed being a part of the history of the Roseland Ballroom and we will continue to celebrate its rich history with an unparalleled closing run of shows. One of the best things about New York is how our city continues to reinvent itself and we look forward to sharing our tremendous plans for live entertainment in the city for 2014 and beyond.”
The space was a sentimental favorite for me... and I agree with an anonymous commenter's thoughts on the Roseland:
Lets face it, the audio was awful and the air conditioning was worthless.
But you could get up close if you felt like it and the mosh pits were great.
One of my favorite places to see a show and I will miss it.
Image via Frankie Gale Photo Gallery