Posted in music | tour dates | venues on September 2, 2008


"Earlier that evening, one of the architects handling the restoration of the Wellmont Theater at 5 Seymour St., slated to reopen at the end of October or in early November as a live music and performance venue, also appeared before the commission.

The Rosen Group, a Manhattan-based real estate development company, bought the theater about a year ago and is in the process of refurbishing it.

Michael Costantin, the architect-of-record for the project, said the building, dating to 1922, is one of the largest halls in the nation. Now that many of the remnants of the movie triplex that previously occupied the space have been removed, the view of the house from the stage is "completely awesome," Costantin told The Times. The interior is rife with ornamental plasterwork, with many of the surfaces decorated with relief sculptures.

Work crews are now in the process of transforming the floor, which angles downward toward the stage, into two tiers that descend to the orchestra level. That main floor could be rented out for banquets and other functions, or provide space for about 800 removable, reserved seats for shows, Costantin said. But, more frequently, that area will provide standing room for concerts, while about 1,000 fixed seats will be up in the balcony.

The architects had been hoping they might be able to convert one of the rooms housing an 8-foot-high cast-iron fan, among the building's original exhaust fans, into a VIP lounge, with the huge fan as its centerpiece.

The tenants of the revamped theater, who include Montclair resident and promoter Andy Feltz and the principals of the Bowery Presents, who own the Bowery Ballroom in New York City, have signed a 49-year lease for the theater. The exact dates of the first shows, and who the first acts will be, had not been established as of The Times' deadline, but the lineup was expected to be announced soon." [The Montclair Times] (thx Danielle) is operational, but without any listings yet. See below for a list of some of the already-scheduled shows....

The Wellmont Theatre - initial 2008 schedule *
11/01 - Dave Barnes, Everybody Else & Hanson (The Walk Tour)
11/02 - Matisyahu
11/08 - Bill Maher
11/11 - The Decemberists
11/14 - Wolf Parade
11/15 - Martin Sexton & Ryan Montbleau Band
11/17 - Steely Dan
11/18 - Steely Dan
11/22 - Al Green
11/23 - Brian Wilson
12/04 - B.B. King
12/05 - John Prine
12/06 - Get The Led Out - Trib. To Led Zeppelin
12/30 - Dark Star Orchestra
02/13/2009 - Rufus Wainwright

* some of these dates are not 100% confirmed



Comments (19)

Not bad! Best of luck!

Posted by Anonymous | September 2, 2008 11:14 AM

looks sweet. maybe i'll check out John Prine if it isn't crazy expensive.

Posted by wembley | September 2, 2008 11:21 AM

Wolf Parade. Nice!

Posted by Robert | September 2, 2008 11:26 AM

This seems pretty nice, but bet is this is going to be way expensive as a venue

Posted by Anonymous | September 2, 2008 11:44 AM

Yes, but for those of us who live in Jersey, if it means we don't have to trek in to Terminal 5, I'm more than willing to pay the little extra.

Posted by Robert | September 2, 2008 11:45 AM

Hanson and Matisyahu... Could we ask for anything more?

Posted by Anonymous | September 2, 2008 11:53 AM

You did and they gave us GET THE LED OUT!! WOO-HOO!! Now I don't have to take NJ Transit to the Jersey Shore to see them! Yes!

Posted by Anonymous | September 2, 2008 12:15 PM

It's been a long time since North Jersey had a sit-down venue this big. I guess the last one was the Capitol Theatre in Passaic.

Posted by Anonymous | September 2, 2008 12:38 PM

magnetic fields are playing at the "historic" lowe's theater in jersey city in october. i have a hard time imagining large indie rock concerts filling up in new jersey, people are just afraid of leaving manhattan to the west, i think.

Posted by Anonymous | September 2, 2008 1:07 PM

^oh, yeah. yer right about the JC loews. fergot about that one.

Posted by Anonymous | September 2, 2008 1:22 PM

Just for the record, there are loads of “indie” rock types in NJ – we all just got older and moved to Montclair and Maplewood.

PS I’d hit it.

Posted by Anonymous | September 2, 2008 1:23 PM

fuck, now i'm going to have to move even deeper into Jersey to avoid you fucking hipsters

Hunterdon County, here i come

Posted by Anonymous | September 2, 2008 5:48 PM

^^ hilarious!

Posted by Danielle | September 2, 2008 7:57 PM

I used to live down the street from the Wellmont - really nice majestic theater that was torn to shreds decades ago when they turned it into a triplex.

Parking in the area sucks and there are no trains on the weekends, but the liberal moneyed suburbanites will keep the place packed, especially with shows like Steely Dan and John Prine. Outpost In The Burbs does really well down the street with B-level folk talent, charging premium prices.

Posted by obie | September 2, 2008 9:24 PM

Man am I glad I'm not interested in the lineup. That shizz is far.

Posted by Anonymous | September 2, 2008 10:35 PM

i am a montclarian and lived there for almost 10 years and i was real into the indierock scen, saw plenty of shows in the city and it was awesome. but now all of these great bands coming to a venue in my own town?? woah man! and wolf parade fuck man im in vt at uvm.

Posted by mkrav | September 6, 2008 12:20 AM

The show listings are now up at Tickets are on sale this friday at 10am.

This is awesome!

Posted by Star Child | September 9, 2008 10:01 PM

Lol at September 2, 2008 5:48 PM.

Fucking suburban hipsters. Wolf Parade and the Decemberists are complete jokes.

Posted by anonymous | October 15, 2008 8:59 PM


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