January 15, 2015
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – The City of New Haven and the local not-for-profit organization New Haven Center For Performing Arts (“NHCPA”) today announced the reopening of the former Palace and Roger Sherman Theatre as the College Street Music Hall (“CSMH”), slated for Spring, 2015. The City of New Haven Building Official issued a building permit in January 2015 and renovations are under way.
Located in the heart of College Street in downtown New Haven’s arts and entertainment district, CSMH joins the scene as the hub for live music performance in New Haven and all of Southern New England. The theater will feature multi-capacity configurations for up to 2000 patrons: general admission concerts with open orchestra level and VIP balcony seating; seated theater shows; cabaret table-style seating; or, a blend thereof. The seating arrangement will be dictated by the type of artist or performance. Programming at CSMH will focus on a wide range of music including Americana, Indie Rock, Classic Rock, Adult Contemporary, Alternative Modern Rock, Country and Neo Soul, as well as Comedy.
The theater is known for its rich lineage. It was built as the Roger Sherman in 1926, on the site of the Rialto movie theater, which burned down in 1921. The Roger Sherman famously held New Haven’s first movie premiere, for “Butch Cassidy and The Sundance Kid,” which was attended by Paul Newman, Robert Redford, Joanne Woodward and Barbra Streisand. The venue was reborn as the Palace Theatre in 1984, operating as such until 2002.
During its heyday, the Palace showcased artists including B.B. King, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Blues Traveler, Primus, Phish, The Spin Doctors, Lyle Lovett, Sonic Youth, Bob Dylan, Peter Paul and Mary, Lou Reed, The Black Crowes, Meat Loaf, George Clinton & The P-Funk All-Stars, Tori Amos, Peter Frampton, Fleetwood Mac, They Might Be Giants, Dave Matthews Band, Sheryl Crow, Counting Crows, Run-DMC, Ani DiFranco, Widespread Panic, Fiona Apple, Bob Weir & Ratdog, The Monkees, Robin Williams, Backstreet Boys, ‘N Sync, Melissa Etheridge, Bela Fleck & The Flecktones and others.
Since the late 1990s the theater has been owned by NHCPA, a 501(c)(3) organization. When an opportunity arose for Premier Concerts to lend financial and managerial support to the NHCPA Board of Directors, Premier Concerts’ President Keith Mahler was happy to join the mix.
“We are extremely pleased that Premier Concerts can be part of the team that is revitalizing the former Palace Theatre and are looking forward to not only the venue’s rebirth but the return of New Haven to its place on the national touring scene,” says Mahler. “We’ve already begun receiving booking queries for College Street Music Hall. And we’re looking forward to working collaboratively with NHCPA’s Board to be able to provide internships and other educational opportunities to local students once we open our doors as College Street Music Hall.”
With the revival of College Street Music Hall also comes the news that local indie concert promoter Manic Productions will be joining forces with Premier Concerts and CSMH. Head of Manic Productions, Mark Nussbaum, will become Premier Concerts’ Senior Talent Buyer, while continuing to promote events throughout Connecticut as Manic Productions.
April 5, 2014
Just a friendly reminder that tickets for all of our shows (unless noted otherwise) are available w/ NO SERVICE CHARGE at our box office located at Redscroll Records on 24 North Colony Street in Wallingford. CASH ONLY
PLEASE NOTE: Tax will be added on top of all ticket prices. (more…)
July 14, 2013
We will be giving away a 10 Show Pass at the upcoming Flaming Lips show on Monday, July 15th. This pass will be good for you (and a friend) to attend ANY 10 Manic Productions shows for the remainder of 2013. All you have to do is stop by the Manic Productions table at the show and sign up for our mailing list to be entered into the drawing. We will be announcing the winner on Monday, July 22nd. Good luck!
Tickets for the Flaming Lips show are still available! Buy Tickets Now!
June 29, 2012
Wanted to inform you all that the Heirloom Arts Theatre in Danbury has had their capacity reduced dramatically and due to this we have been forced to move three events in July: Murder By Death (7/15), The Hold Steady (7/19), and The Tallest Man on Earth (7/28). All tickets will be honored at the new venues. (more…)
April 20, 2012
We booked our first show 10 years ago! I can’t believe how far we’ve come since then. We’re any of you there? It was the River City Rebels/Grover Dill show at the Madison Arts Barn.
December 31, 2011
Thank you all for the support this past year. It’s definitely been a huge year for us and we are excited for what 2012 will bring. We are already off to a good start with a solid schedule of shows coming up in the next couple months. See ya in 2012! (more…)
December 12, 2011
To celebrate the holiday season we are offering $2 OFF ALL CONCERT TICKETS starting at sundown on Tuesday, December 20 (1st night of Hanukkah) and ending Tuesday, December 27 (last night of Hanukkah) in person ONLY at Redscroll Records in Wallingford (our official ticket outlet) (more…)
July 21, 2011
We are proud to announce that we have begun working with a wonderful new performance space in Hartford! The AETNA THEATER is a beautiful 280 capacity seated theater located at the WADSWORTH ATHENEUM MUSEUM OF ART. The venue is ALL AGES with a bar in the lobby for those who are 21+ and would like to drink. For those not in the know, it is the oldest public art museum in the United States, was founded in 1842 by Daniel Wadsworth, one of the first important American patrons of the arts! (more…)
April 5, 2011
Thanks to everyone who came and helped out at the Dubey Family Benefit show at Toad’s Place last Sunday. We were able to raise $23,340 for Mitch’s family.
He will be sorely missed. Rest in peace my friend.
November 10, 2010
We just announced a free show series that starts in January 2011. We’ll be doing Free shows EVERY Wednesday at BAR in New Haven. For more info visit the events page!
October 27, 2010
A super limited amount of 6 Month passes (good for all Manic Productions shows) just went on sale for $80. There are no service fees and you can even get into Sold Out shows.
The promotion ends when passes run out, or at midnight on Halloween. Buy your pass here!
September 2, 2010
Today is the launch of our new website! Check it out and let us know what you think!
We have a ton of great shows coming this Fall and more on the way so stay tuned!