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Cosmopolitan To Add 3,000 Seat Venue To Rival The Chelsea

January 23, 2013 at 4:31 PM | by | ()

Remember our speculation the Playboy Club was headed to The Cosmopolitan last year? Part of that informed theory derived from a number of friendly discussions with Cosmo staff in-the-know regarding the hidden and unused spaces at the resort. And, that included a 3,000 seat event venue that will finally be unveiled later this year.

There are all sorts of odd areas at Cosmo. Much of the convention area is hidden behind closed doors and, while we've walked through many of them, we've not seen all the concealed sections. Next time you go to Wicked Spoon look out for the mothballed Chinese restaurant hidden to the right of the buffet line entrance.

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)

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