On Thursday, July 19 the Agora Theatre and Ballroom in Cleveland, Ohio unveiled $3 million worth of upgrades and improvements to the iconic venue. Now operated by AEG Presents, the over 100-year old venue reopened with a VIP reception to show off the remodel.

The renovations are part of a commitment AEG Presents made when purchasing the Downtown Cleveland venue a year ago. AEG Presents worked on both the interior and exterior of the building that was transformed into Agora Theatre in 1966 by legendary club operator Henry “Hank” LoConti Sr. LoConti gave exposure to hundreds of artists including such icons as Bruce Springsteen, U2, Lou Reed, Patti Smith, The Clash, Duran Duran, and ZZ Top among others, and established the Agora’s global reputation as one of the premier music venues in the world.

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“These renovations bring The Agora into the 21st century and ensure that its longstanding history and legacy as the heart of Cleveland’s live music scene will continue long into the future,” said Shawn Trell, Chief Operating Officer, AEG Presents in a release.

Improvements included restoration of original tiling, plaster, and architectural elements in lobby and throughout including the original Grueby-Faience, art nouveau tile work, circa 1913 and resurfacing of the theatre stage and original flooring throughout the venue. AEG Presents’s upgrades also installed 564 new cushioned theatre seats in the theater balcony, a HVAC system throughout theater (first time in theater’s history), and remodeled dressing rooms and other backstage hospitality areas. 

“We did the theater from top to bottom but with the idea to restore it to its prior glory while at the same time preserving its charm and character.  Not only do these renovations create a concert experience for the fans and performers alike that is second to none, our upgrades also make The Agora the perfect place for special events and private functions of all kinds and all sizes,” added Trell.

The reopening showed off improved stage lighting grids, equipment and control panels, upgraded sound system and acoustical treatments throughout the theater, and upgraded bars with added points of sales for customer convenience. Other improvements include remodeled and modernized guest restrooms, upgraded electrical and plumbing infrastructure, refurbishment of The Agora marquee, six new glass entry doors on Euclid Avenue, and new high efficiency, reflective roof to improve energy efficiency.

The Agora’s grand reopening celebration will kick-off with a week of live events open to the public beginning with Fleet Foxes on July 23. Other performances throughout the week will include Ween, David Cross, and Greta Van Fleet. Tickets for these and other Agora events are available at agoracleveland.com and at the Agora Theatre & Ballroom box office. A full list of the week’s performances are below. 

  • Monday, July 23: Fleet Foxes
  • Tuesday, July 24: Ween
  • Thursday, July 26: Create Your Summer Tour
  • Friday, July 27: Highly Suspect
  • Sunday, July 29: David Cross
  • Tuesday, July 31: Greta Van Fleet