Last year, we were told The Cosmopolitan really wanted to finish up work on an unused theater they had abandoned in the earliest days of the property's debut. They opted to utilize the Chelsea Ballroom instead. The abandoned space was described to us as a really large "black box" theater. It doesn't work for shows like Cirque. And, there were acoustic concerns for music events. They even threw around ideas of using the space for mini-residencies. It's been a frequent conundrum for management. But, hurrah, C.E.O. John Unwin has spilled the beans on a new cash investment that will finally launch the venue.
First, the design will be inspired by an "Eastern European glass factory." No current photos or renderings to back that up. With 18-foot ceilings, "industrial-inspired light fixtures" and a vintage wooden bar, it will have 65,000 square feet of space to compete with its older sister, Chelsea. They'll be renaming the latter. The new Chelsea will be available for conventions, music, theater and sporting events. Naturally, they'll have a V.I.P. area and lounge.
We look forward to it. The Cosmopolitan has a frequently excellent booking policy for events and, despite some local rumblings, we've not been disappointed by the acoustics at the Chelsea Ballroom. Despite its equally odd design. The hope is for the Chelsea Jr. to be up and running by the end of the year.
(PHOTO: Cosmopolitan's Facebook page)