Monday, December 20, 2010

Beacham Theater Rising? [UPDATED! The answer is YES!]

Posted By on Mon, Dec 20, 2010 at 2:14 PM

So, the Social is announcing some upcoming concerts today, none of which are, you know, a huge deal or anything. But one small thing did pop out at me when looking at the listings. Take, for instance, this listing on the Social's site for a Feburary show by Haste the Day:

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Notice who the promoter is on the show? Usually these shows say "Foundation Presents" (because Foundation is the booker/promoter name used by Social owner Michael McRaney) or "The Social Presents" (if it's a local band). But this one says "Beacham Presents," and, well, unless there's a brand-new promoter in town who's taken up the hallowed name of the Beacham Theater – the beautiful venue right next door to the Social that's now occupied by Tabu – to book shows at the Social, it looks as if Foundation might be undergoing some sort of metamorphosis.

In other words, I think that at some date in the very near future, we're going to see a lot less dancing in the old Beacham and a lot more rocking. At least that's what I hope.

Of course, I'm basing this on nothing more than a semi-educated guess built on a website posting, some rampant speculation, and months of flying rumors, but still ... Can you guys imagine how great it would be to have not one (Firestone Live), not two (Plaza Theatre), but three nice, mid-sized venues in Orlando's core? IT WOULD BE AWESOME. And if each venue keeps to their established booking identities, I don't foresee a whole lot of overlap or mean-spirited competition. Myself and many others have long advocated for the reestablishment of the Beacham as a live venue (a short spate of rock shows there – Guided By Voices, Trail of Dead – a couple of years ago reminded everyone just how excellent a spot that place is for live music), and if this is actually happening, it's an absolutely huge thing for downtown.

UPDATE: So this little bit of copy just showed up in a listing for the AP Tour, which is stopping in Orlando at ... THE BEACHAM THEATER:

Opening early 2011, The Beacham Theater is a 1,250-capacity live music venue in the heart of downtown Orlando. The history of the building dates back to the early 1920s when it touted famed vaudevillian acts. What's old is new again, with true-to-the-original renovations creating a historic, yet state-of-the-art spot to catch the hottest national touring acts. Connected by a common doorway to The Social, the two venues will create the most intimate and privately owned live music destination in the South-eastern United States.

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