A new music club, the Wellmont Theatre in Montclair, NJ, is scheduled to open on November 1 with a performance by the popular ’90s trio Hanson. The initial listing of bookings includes two nights of Steely Dan, as well as one-nighters by B. B. King, The Decemberists, Matisyahu and more.
Montclair Entertainment, LLC, which is comprised of principals Andy Feltz, a Montclair resident and noted area promoter, and the New York-based promotion company Bowery Presents. The Bowery Presents, which recently opened Music Hall of Williamsburg and Terminal 5, is also the longtime owner of Bowery Ballroom and Mercury Lounge, while Feltz, who operated New York’s Beacon Theatre from 1986- 2006, is currently doing shows at the United Palace Theater in Upper Manhattan.
“The Bowery Presents is delighted to be involved with the reopening of the Wellmont Theatre,” said Jim Glancy, a partner in The Bowery Presents, in a statement. “After months of renovation and detailed restoration, the room is absolutely stunning and the acoustics are pitch perfect. We think it will be the best venue of its size in the area.”
The Wellmont Theatre originally opened in 1922 as a live theater and was converted into a motion picture theater in 1929. It later became a triplex and closed in 2006.
Over the past seven months, the venue has undergone much structural and aesthetic renovation in advance of its reopening. The one-thousand-seat balcony has been refurbished, while the raked orchestra floor has been sculpted into tiered floors rising away from the front of the stage, which will serve to optimize sight lines while permitting a flexible set-up to hold up to 2,500 people.
Wellmont Theatre schedule:
(Dates subject to change.)
|November 1||Hanson with Dave Barnes & Everybody Else|
|November 2||Matisyahu with Flobots and Mishka|
|November 8||Bill Maher|
|November 11||The Decemberists with Loch Lomond|
|November 14||Wolf Parade with Listening Party|
|November 15||Martin Sexton with Ryan Montbleau|
|November 17-18||Steely Dan|
|November 19||Tony Bennett|
|November 22||Al Green|
|November 23||Brian Wilson|
|December 4||B.B. King|
|December 5||John Prine with Chip Taylor|
|December 6||Get The Led Out|
|February 13||Rufus Wainwright|
Last Updated on September 15, 2008 by By Bob Grossweiner & Jane Cohen