The historic, longtime-vacant venue on College Street, The Palace Theater, has made a comeback in The Elm City! The building was given new life and reopened at the beginning of the month as College Street Music Hall.

The new music hall joins the eclectic hub of entertainment that New Haven has created over the years for its residents. Unlike the intimate musical experience you’ll get from a venue like Firehouse 12, College Street Music Hall will accommodate 1,000 to 2,000 and attract bigger and more diverse acts like The Doobie Brothers, Neon Trees and Lisa Lampanelli (all three scheduled to appear this year).

Knowing that College Street Music Hall is just less than two miles from Winchester Lofts, we know our residents might frequent this new venue. Here are three things that will come in handy if you’re planning to catch a show:

  1. It’s about a 10-minute drive from Winchester Lofts to College Street Music Hall. Here’s a link to get directions to College Street Music Hall from Winchester Lofts, or you might choose to call an Uber! It would only cost you about $5-7 and you wouldn’t have to worry about parking.
  2. Speaking of parking, should you decide to drive we’d recommend booking your parking space ahead of time using Park Whiz. You can pay ahead of time and skip the hassle of finding a parking spot.
  3. Thinking about grabbing dinner and drinks beforehand? You’re in luck! College Street Music Hall is located right next to two of our favorite New Haven restaurants: Barcelona Wine Bar and 116 Crown. To learn more about both of these deliciously crafted joints, check out our retail guidebook.

If you make your way to College Street Music Hall anytime soon, make sure to let us know how it goes on Facebook or Twitter! We’re certainly excited to not only check it out for ourselves, but offer up to our residents just one more advantage of living at Winchester Lofts and having the thriving New Haven scene just minutes away.

I love New Haven Mike Franzman

Photo Credit: Mike Franzman with I Love New Haven