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Clear Channel Opens New York Space

Live performance studio was once a rest area and dance hall for telephone operators

Tinted Windows plays at P.C. Richard & Son Theater, the new Clear Channel Radio performance space in TriBeCa.

Clear Channel Radio has opened a live performance space in its New York City cluster’s headquarters in TriBeCa.

The P.C. Richard & Son Theater is a 5,500 square-foot street-level theater designed to hold upwards of 220 people for live concerts, broadcasts and other events.

Clear Channel’s New York operations will be given special access to the theater for concerts and broadcasting or taping live shows. The cluster includes WHTZ(FM) (Z100), WAXQ(FM) (Q104.3), WLTW(FM) (106.7 Lite fm), WWPR(FM) (Power 105.1) and WKTU(FM).

The theater was inaugurated by a concert from Tinted Windows, made up of vets from Cheap Trick, Smashing Pumpkins, Hanson and Fountains of Wayne. An early event is an “exclusive” May 20 concert by Green Day for friends and listeners of Q104.3.

Clear Channel’s iheartradio mobile/Internet streaming operation will make use of the theater promotional operations such as live concerts by undiscovered bands. The theater will also have its own semi-independent existence at times.

Evan Harrison, Clear Channel Radio executive VP and president of the digital division, said the venue is intended both to host events for the company’s New York listeners as well as “a national content creation and distribution hub.”

The name was purchased by P.C. Richard & Son, an electronics retailer in New York.

The building that houses the cluster was built in 1933 as world headquarters of AT&T (read the 2008 RW profile); the theater space originally was a rest area and dance hall for AT&T telephone operators.