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Best Historic Venues in New York

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The Bitter End

Founded in 1961, the Bitter End is New York's oldest rock club. There is no food served here, so you do not have to worry about the sounds of tinkling glasses and quaking crockery distracting the likes of Stevie Wonder, Neil Diamond and Bob Dylan. Over the years, a number of big name comedians have performed here as well, including Woody Allen, George Carlin and Joan Rivers. A brick wall forms the backdrop for all these acts, including many you may not have heard about.

New York, NY, United States
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Village Vanguard

The Village Vanguard has been around since 1935, when it was founded by an enterprising Lithuanian immigrant. Today, a sizable international crowd packs the club, enjoying the great music and acoustics, an informal New York camaraderie and a good selection of beer and cocktails. Musical giants from Leadbelly to John Coltrane to Wynton Marsalis have played here, and fresh talent as well as "name dropping performers" can be heard in this fabled Greenwich Village basement seven days a week.

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Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM)

One of New York City's true gems, the Brooklyn Academy of Music is a world class performing arts center. Located at the edge of the Fort Greene neighborhood of Brooklyn, it offers some of the city's finest concerts and theatrical events. From opera and classical music to African dance and modern theater, the packed schedule offers something for everyone's taste. The complex is also home to Bam Rose Cinemas.

Brooklyn, NY, United States
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New Amsterdam Theatre

Built in 1903, The New Amsterdam Theatre is one of the oldest theaters in New York City. Home to the original Ziegfeld Follies, unfortunately it had fallen into disrepair for a number of years and almost closed forever. During the renovation of Times Square in the early 1990s, it was purchased by Walt Disney Company and fully restored. It reopened in 1997 to house the Tony Award winning show, The Lion King. Tickets are expensive and hard to get, but don't let that discourage you.

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Belasco Theatre

This place seats 1,018 people and was built in 1907 by David Belasco. Located between 6th and 7th Avenues, it is beautifully done up with carved dark wood paneling, glass pilasters and Tiffany stained glass lights that match the stained glass ceiling. It is truly an architectural delight.

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Majestic Theater

Like its name, the Majestic Theater is one of the largest theaters in New York (more than 1600 seats) with a long-running reputation for having exceptional plays and musicals. The theater is home to the longest running show in the history of Broadway The Phantom of the Opera which has music by the fabled Andrew Lloyd Webber - this astonishingly popular musical was first performed here in 1988!

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Lyceum Theatre

This 100-year old building is the oldest theater on Broadway, and is considered one of the most beautiful. Built in 1903, its soaring columns and penthouse windows are magnificent. With a seating capacity for 925 people, it is relatively smaller than the other Broadway theaters. However, it has hosted some of the greatest artists from around the globe. Paul Osborn, Whoopi Goldberg and Marc Salem are just a few who have performed here. Past productions include I Am My Own Wife and The Invention Of Love. This is one of the few theaters which offers a listening device to the deaf. Check the website for details of upcoming performances.

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Bernard B. Jacobs Theater

Housed within a historic building, the Bernard B. Jacobs Theater, opened in 1927, has seen performances ranging from operas to cinema. Two seating levels provide for uninterrupted views of the arena, and the front mezzanine seats are the best in the house. Notable shows have been musicals, such as Grease, in the late 70s and early 80s, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat and the Pulitzer Prize winning play Anna in the Tropics. Yesteryear stars like Julie Andrews have been featured here, while contemporary glamor can be found in the likes of Sean 'P Diddy' Combs.

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Palace Theatre

Located in the center of the theater district, the Palace Theater attracts tourists and locals alike. Featured plays that have graced the Palace's historic stage include Fiddler on the Roof, The Woman in White and An American in Paris. The beautiful, European style of the theater adds extra charm to your theater-going experience.

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Eugene O'Neill Theater

This small but classic theater is named after Eugene O'Neill, the great playwright who won the Nobel Prize for literature. The cozy atmosphere serves as a comfortable venue for talents to perform and people to watch. Though the place is a bit small, the place considered ideal for the intimate vibe it offers. This is one of the popular theater destinations in the neighborhood.

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Ambassador Theatre

A uniquely designed theater which offers intimate seating for a little over 1,000 audience members. The Ambassador Theater, in the heart of Broadway, presents the finest in theatrical performances year round. It isn't as grandly beautiful as some of its counterparts but it's another venerable member of New York's illustrious theater tradition.

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Radio City Music Hall

Home to the legendary dance company The Rockettes, Radio City Music Hall is one of the most spectacular and famous performance venues in the United States. Its locale in the heart of the Big Apple has made it a cultural center, particularly during the Christmas season. Originally opened in 1932 and nicknamed "The Palace for the People," Radio City was renovated in 1980. Anybody who is anybody has performed here - New York legends Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald and Sammy Davis, Jr. are just a few that spring to mind, and to this day, the stage remains a showcase for entertainment royalty.

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