2014-01-22 / Features

Melrose Ballroom Joins LIC Culture Stage

By Liz Goff

The stage is set at the Melrose Ballroom for some of the best entertainment this side of Manhattan.

Owners last month opened the doors to the entertainment complex at 36-08 33rd Street in Long Island City, for a series of premiere events leading to the grand opening of the ballroom in March.

The ballroom features an 8,000-square-foot hall with three levels that can accommodate up to 1,200 people at concerts, sporting events, corporate and private parties. General manager Demetrios Kafchitsas said the venue owners chose the site because they felt the local cultural district needed such a venue.

The Melrose Ballroom joins the Kaufman Astoria Studios, The Museum of the Moving Image, the Astoria Performing Arts Center, Queens Council On The Arts and the Frank Sinatra School of the Arts as the newest member of the expanding cultural community located in the heart of the Dutch Kills community in Long Island City.

Kafchitsas is o stranger to local culture and cuisine, having worked at several locations in the area for more than 30 years – including the popular former Crystal Palace on Broadway in Astoria.

Melrose Ballroom features a main stage with a state-of-the-art sound system and one of the largest LCD video screens on the East Coast. The screen will come alive with baseball and football games, the Super Bowl and the World Cup Soccer Championship games, a ballroom website says. The venue also features four bars, a rooftop garden and restaurant and VIP rooms with outdoor patio space.

The ballroom also offers a unique VIP service dubbed “Timeshare,” that allows patrons to reserve the same table for every event.

For more information or to reserve space at the Melrose Ballroom call 718-784-8282 or visit www.melroseballroom.com.



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