6. Irving Plaza

Irving Plaza first opened as Irving Hall in 1860. Irving Hall hosted balls, lectures, and concerts at its Union Square location. It then transitioned from a German Theatre, to a Burlesque house, to a Yiddish theatre, French and Soviet film house, and finally a Polish Army Vet community center. It finally opened as Irving Plaza in 1978, where it hosted acts like Bob Dylan, U2, The Dave Matthews Band, and Red Hot Chili Peppers.

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