The Beacon Theatre is a historic theater at 2124 Broadway (at West 74th Street) on Broadway in Upper West SideManhattanNew York City. The 2,894-seat, three-tiered theatre was designed by Chicago architect Walter W. Ahlschlager and opened in 1929 as a movie palace for motion pictures and vaudeville. Today it is one of New York's leading live music and entertainment venues, under the management of the Madison Square Garden Company. The theater was the site of the 20112012, and 2016 Tony Awards.