Located at 2124 Broadway is a theater created as a smaller version of the former Roxy Theater—the Beacon Theatre. Its similarities derive largely from the fact that the designer for both theaters was the same, Chicago architect Walter Ahlschlager. This building was originally slated to open in 1929 as the Roxy Midway Theater, however, it never happened. The theater was sold before it even opened and was unveiled as Warner’s Beacon Theatre to show Warner Brothers films.
Today the theater is more commonly used for concerts and also hosted the 2011 Tony Awards. Popular acts which have performed at the 2,600 seat theater have included Michael Jackson, Jerry Garcia, Queen, Aerosmith, Radiohead, the Rolling Stones (who performed for Bill Clinton’s 50th birthday party in 2006) and the Allman Brothers, who have performed here every year since 1989. Every spring the Allman Brothers conduct a series of sold out shows promoted as “The Beacon Run” here. To-date they have performed close to two hundred shows at the Beacon.