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Report: Midtown’s Roseland Ballroom Set To Shut Down

Legendary Concert Venue Will Close In April, According To Report
Roseland Ballroom

General view of atmosphere outside the Phil Collins performance at Roseland Ballroom on June 23, 2010 in New York City. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images)

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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — The famed Roseland Ballroom in Midtown will be shutting down next spring, according to a published report.

While the website for the ballroom at 239 W. 52nd St. makes no reference to the announcement, Billboard magazine said an internal e-mail said the ballroom will close its doors in April.

The website says the Roseland is sometimes called “the world’s greatest ballroom,” with a tradition dating back to the 1920s “of bringing distinguished acts and clients to its venue but now with an updated style.”

The history of the Roseland Ballroom dates back to 1917, when it opened in Philadelphia. The venue moved to New York two years later and opened at 51st and Broadway, and has been in its current location, a former skating rink, since 1958, Billboard reported.

The venue has hosted an assortment of bands dating back to the early days of rock ‘n’ roll music. It has hosted Madonna, Beyonce, Nirvana, the Rolling Stones and Radiohead, to name a handful.

The Roseland has also hosted a range of events from a birthday party for former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to annual gay circuit parties, according to published reports.

The capacity for the ballroom sits at 3,500 – enough for both developing and well-known bands, the magazine reported. It underwent a $1 million renovation in the early 1990s, the magazine reported.

Performances by Bingo Players, Fitz & the Tantrums, and the Wanted are on the schedule for this month.

In 2011, a two-alarm fire broke out in the mezzanine level at the ballroom, leaving six firefighters injured.

The Billboard report did not indicate why the venue is closing.

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