Early last week, reports surfaced that the iconic New York City venue Webster Hall would be shutting its doors early next month.

The building was built in 1886 and hosted a variety of events over the years ranging from the likes of Tina Turner to Aerosmith to Elvis Presley. Despite most recently being known as a pivotal cog in the emerging electronic music scene in New York, Webster Hall’s biggest claim to fame stands as being recognized as the first LGBT club in the United States of America.

The club was bought out by corporate giants Barclays, AEG, and Bowery Presents, and while the length and nature of the renovations are still unknown, speculations suggest up to several years before being complete.

The news initially broke via a Facebook post from Director of Operations, Gerard McNamee Jr. The post has since been removed.

Webster Hall will close its doors for good on August 5th.

Webster Hall

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