Webster Hall Announces Its Closing Date – The End Of An Era
August 4, 2017
Nelly Varela | Staff Writer
Built in 1886 by Polish cigar maker Charles Goldstein, Webster Hall operated first as a “hall for hire” to be rented out for various events, soirees, and personal occasions.
In the 1980s, the East Village venue operated as The Ritz, and since the ’90s has been run by the Ballinger family. Webster Hall has truly had quite the run and it is with great awe that we’re saying goodbye — for now.
Webster Hall is reportedly closing for renovations and will re-open under brand new management. The famous New York City venue is being taken on as a joint venture between Brooklyn Sports & Entertainment and AEG Presents.
Skrillex has announced he’ll play the last club night at Webster Hall on August 5th with Boyz Noise joining him for a rare Dog Blood set. The Meadows will be closing out the venue August 10th.
The Venue’s manager Gerard McNamee posted the following statement to his Facebook page:
Ladies and Gentlemen/Friends and Family:
Sad but true, the legendary and world-famous Webster Hall has been sold and will close as we know it for its final club night on Saturday August 5th, 2017, which just so happens to be my birthday, which is certainly somehow apropos. It will be closed for an undisclosed period of time for demo, reno and transition to corporate ownership under Barclays/AEG/Bowery Presents. I highly recommend that you all stop by before the end of this era to pay your respects to the Ballingers and the building for providing us with a lifetimes worth of memories. There are only 12 club nights left. Please come celebrate our rich 25 year history of being the biggest, baddest and longest running nightclub in the history of New York City.