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Concert venue coming to Harvard Square this fall will hold 525 people

Posted by Brock Parker  September 4, 2012 04:29 PM

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The AMC Loews movie theater closed in July, but Harvard Square will soon boast of a new entertainment venue just a few doors down.

New York City-based The Bowery Presents is preparing to launch a concert venue with room for 525 people and a restaurant with seating for 104 people this fall at 52 Church Street.

The venue will be called “The Sinclair” and will host about 200 live music shows a year, according to the independent promotion company.

UpperDining-1.pngA rendering of the upper dining room at The Sinclair which is opening this fall.

Michael Schlow, the chef behind Boston restaurants Radius and Happy’s, has also been brought in by The Bowery Presents as a consultant for the restaurant.

The live-music venue and restaurant could open as soon as the third week of October, said Nicole Kanner, a spokeswoman for The Bowery Presents.

Denis Jillson, the executive director of the Harvard Square Business Association said the venue promises to be beautiful, and the large live music venue will restore something that has been lacking in the square.

“It will fill a very big gap,” said Jillson.

The square has just seen the closure of the AMC Loews Theater in July at 10 Church Street. It had been a movie theater since 1925, but had also housed performances by some of the biggest names in music in the 1970s, from Bob Dylan and Joan Baez, to Iggy Pop, Bruce Springsteen and The Clash.

Since then, the one of the biggest venues for rock ‘n’ roll in the square was the House of Blues, but it closed in 2003 after an 11 year run.

The Bowery Presents has already confirmed several acts at The Sinclair this fall, including the “Meter Men” featuring Page McConnell on Oct. 30, “Andrew Jackson Jihad” on Oct. 31 and “K’Naan” on Nov. 4.

Jim Glancy, a principal of The Bowery Presents, said in a press release that the company has evolved from promoting concerts in small, intimate venues to arenas, amphitheaters and beyond.

“We are excited to open The Sinclair in such a historic, dynamic neighborhood,” Glancy said.

The 52 Church Street location, which Jillson said had formerly housed a brewery, has been undergoing significant renovations and has been designed and built by Boston-based Tribeca Builders. The Sinclair will have two dining spaces, a seasonal patio, and a state-of-the art music venue with a wraparound mezzanine level that will have it’s own bar.

The company has set up a website for the venue here.

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