Empire Live is coming to Albany
ALBANY — The former Capital Repertory Theatre will host a new, hot nightclub very soon.
Empire Live, downtown’s first premier club in 30 years, was announced this morning. The club is a partnership between SLP Concerts and Step Up Presents.
Located in the space vacated by Capital Repertory Theatre, Empire Live will have two floors for show presentations. A 1,000-capacity general admission room on the street level and a 400-capacity basement space that will be called Empire Underground (will have its own entrance and identity). Both spaces will have state-of-the-art sound and lights and full artist accommodation amenities. Both rooms are currently ready for bookings.
The physical space will be completed by late spring. Stan Levinstone of SLP and Ted Etoll of Step Up, who have been partners in Clifton Park’s Upstate Concert Hall for the past 13 years, look at the move into downtown Albany as a boom to its business model.
“Downtown Albany is currently seeing a massive redevelopment and rebuilding of its entertainment district,” Levinstone said. “Within the next few years, more than 800 new mid-apartments will be added within a 10-minute walk to the club door.”
Empire Live will be located right off the highway at 93 N. Pearl St. It is a block from the legendary Palace Theatre and two blocks from the Times Union Center arena.
Upstate Concert Hall was constantly ranked in the top 90 revenue-generating clubs in the country the past 12 years. The owners look to get reach the top 70 with this new venture.
The new club is a centerpiece of Redburn Development’s $85 million redevelopment of the Kenmore Hotel, which features 275 apartments, 15 commercial spaces, four restaurants and two event venues. Construction will be complete this spring.