Revolution Bar and Music Hall just announced they are closing their doors for good.
The venue posted on Facebook a statement that read, “Unfortunately, Revolution Music Hall has officially closed its doors. In a world with so much uncertainty, all we can do is be grateful for everything we experienced together, as a community. Thank you to everyone & anyone who ever gave our vision a chance. Thanks for the memories.”
This comes at a time when the COVID-19 pandemic is taking more than just lives. Businesses have struggled to stay open, especially venues that are supported by ticket sales.
Last week, the state released new rules surrounding venues with live performances — guidelines many local musicians and comedians protested, deeming it unfair.
And because Revolution depends on ticket sales to make a profit, owner Pauline Damiani said she chose to close its doors since the bills have been piling up.
“I can’t keep up with it,” she tearfully told GreaterBabylon. “We’ve been closed for six months and don’t know when we’ll be able to open back up.”
Owning and operating the space for 19 years, she is devastated by the loss.
“It doesn’t just affect me and my family,” she said. “It affects the whole community.”
Located at 140 Merrick Road in Amityville, the stage promoted a range of local artists and bands, to well-known and national groups.
Thomas Angenbroich, manager of Revolution, said he’s worried that the closing of venues won’t stop here.
“How are bands going to tour? Where are bands going to get their first taste of how enjoyable this life is?” he said. “It’s really sad to watch a place you helped build from the ground up just go. Clubs unfortunately always come and go… it’s just this one is especially tough.”
He is, however, hopeful that the people who visited and played at their shows will continue to stay strong.
“The local music scene will prevail,” he said. “Long Island is full of a lot of very talented, determined musicians, and we’re just lucky to have had places like Revolution to use as stepping stones.”
But for now, it will be another loss to the community.
“It was a wonderful place,” Damiani said. “When you would walk in here, you became part of our family.”
Top: photo courtesy of Facebook