◎Ballinger家族在經過27年的營運韋伯斯特廳後，於2017年4月將這個位於曼哈頓的音樂廳賣給了AEG和BSE。這兩家公司從建築物業主Unity Gallega手中接管了經營權、資產和長期租約，計劃花費大約1000萬美元用於翻新大宴會廳和攝影棚等空間。重新開放後的韋伯斯特廳的演出藝人預訂安排將由Bowery Presents接管，AEG Presents在2017年1月買下了Bowery的50%股份。Bowery此前與該場館曾簽訂了於2014年3月結束的獨家協議，這次Bowery將再次負責該音樂廳的節目編排和行銷。
◎該場館最初由建築師Charles Rentz於1886年建造，在整個大蕭條時期成為下東城區勞動階級和移民人口的社交廳，後來成為國際知名的音樂廳。它被RCA唱片公司買下，並在50年代和60年代作為錄音室和有音場設計的舞廳營運，後來在1980年以「The Ritz」之名成為完全的演唱會場館。Ballinger家族在1989年接手該場館的控制權。
Iconic New York City music venue Webster Hall has announced it will reopen this spring, following a year and a half of renovations.
Webster Hall shuttered in August of 2017 with a performance from Action Bronson marking the occasion.
In a newsletter sent on Wednesday, the over 130-year-old venue wrote, "While we've been closed, we have made some venue enhancements and think you will dig them. While updates are still underway, we are pleased to say that Webster Hall will return in Spring 2019."
The newsletter added that great announcements would be "coming soon."
After 27 years of operating Webster Hall, the Ballinger family sold the Manhattan concert hall to AEG and BSE in April of 2017. The two firms took over operating rights, assets and the long-term lease from building owner Unity Gallega.
AEG Presents chairman Jay Marciano previously told Billboard that the two entities planned to spend roughly $10 million on renovating Webster Hall's Grand Ballroom, The Studio and The Marlin Room spaces "to bring them up to contemporary standards and add a few more customer features."
Talent buying and booking responsibilities for the reopened Webster Hall will be taken over by Bowery Presents, in which AEG Presents purchased a 50-percent stake in January 2017. Bowery previously had an exclusive deal with the venue that ended in March 2014 and will once again be in charge of programming and marketing the hall.
First built in 1886 by architect Charles Rentz, the venue served as a social hall for the Lower East Side's working-class and immigrant population throughout the Great Depression before becoming an internationally recognized music hall. It was purchased by RCA Records and operated as a recording studio and acoustically treated ballroom in the 1950s and '60s and then became a full-time concert venue known as The Ritz beginning in 1980. The Ballinger family took control of the venue in 1989.