NEW YORK (AP) -- Manhattan's historic Beacon Theatre is ready for its next performance.
The 80-year-old theater that became legendary as a tour stop for top musical performers is set to reopen Thursday after a $16 million renovation.
The renovation includes a complete reworking of the Beacon's electrical system, as well as new draperies with gold tassels. A canvas mural in the neoclassical rotunda and the main box office have been restored.
The 2,800-seat landmark theater was built in 1928 in the art deco style, but had been updated with Moroccan and Greek flourishes. MSG Entertainment acquired it in 2006.
Jerry Garcia, Aerosmith, Michael Jackson, Radiohead and Queen have all played there.
Paul Simon is scheduled to be the first performer to take the stage at the refreshed Beacon on Friday.
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