In a bit of good news for an area that has seen many closings and shuttered shops in recent months, Pageant co-owners Joe Edwards and Patrick Hagin announced today that they will be opening a new concert venue in the Loop. The space, dubbed "Delmar Hall," will occupy the building that currently houses Big Shark Bicycle Company (6133 Delmar Boulevard), which confirmed last week that it will be moving to a new location.
See also: Big Shark Is Leaving the Loop
Slated to open this fall, Delmar Hall will be a mid-sized affair with a capacity of 800 — roughly the same size as existing St. Louis venues the Ready Room and Old Rock House. The 10,000 square foot space is expected to cost $2.5 million. Renovations will include a stage, patio, box office, hospitality area and green room. The floor space will consist of two tiers, and much like the Pageant its setup will be adaptable, including seating with tables and stools for some shows and standing room for others.
Hagin says his experience running the near-legendary and now-bygone mid-sized St. Louis venue Mississippi Nights will work to his advantage in opening the new space.
“I managed and booked Mississippi Nights for nineteen years prior to Joe and I opening the Pageant, so the size and scope of Delmar Hall seems very natural to me,” says Hagin. “It will be a wonderful venue!”
This news comes at a rocky time for the Loop, which has seen a spate of closings in recent months. St. Louis Bread Company
and Smoothie King
both closed their doors in January. Al Forno E
shuttered in the fall, blaming construction of the upcoming Loop trolley (also spearheaded by Edwards) for choking off its supply of customers. Good Works furniture store closed in the fall of 2014
, citing the trolley as well, though at that time construction hadn't started yet.
But Edwards isn't concerned.
“Delmar Hall will be another one-of-a-kind attraction for the ever-evolving Delmar Loop," he says. "We’re building this with live performances in mind — fans and bands will enjoy a first-class design.”
The project is expected to break ground in April.