Originally opened in the 1930s as the grand ballroom for the Hotel Edison, the Art Deco Edison Ballroom, at 240 West 47th Street, once hosted some of the most famous bands of the swing era.
Indeed, for more 80 years, and through several ownership changes, it has never folded as a space for entertaining. When the ballroom closed, the venue was turned into the Edison Theatre, where its owners staged the revue “Oh! Calcutta!” and other Off Broadway shows. In 1991 it became The Supper Club, which was shuttered by its owners following 9/11.
Fearing the historical venue would be closed without some funding, Edison Ballroom LLC chose to revamp the space. “We took over the space in 2007, and it took us nine months to renovate,” said Bill Kaelblein, general manager of the Edison Ballroom. Mr. Kaelblein reviewed the floor plans with The Commercial Observer and explained how the current management modernized the 17,000-square-foot venue, which today hosts private events, movie openings and charitable fetes in a space designed to adapt easily to any event.