Clear Channel’s Century Mark

Clear Channel Communications recently reached the $100 million mark in money spent to renovate various landmarks, including theatres, music venues and public artworks.

That includes renovations to San Francisco’s Fillmore, The Boston Opera House, The Baltimore Hippodrome, The Detroit State Theatre, The Cleveland Tower City Amphitheater and the Burlingame Dairy Wallscape.

Last year, Clear Channel renovated four historic buildings in Baltimore and reopened the complex as the France–Merrick Performing Arts Center, which kicked off with a series of first-run Broadway shows including “Phantom Of The Opera” and “The Lion King.”

CCC also spent just under $40 million to renovate the Boston Opera House and reopened it in July 2004 with a 32-week run of “The Lion King.”

“In smaller amounts of money, we’re doing this constantly,” David Anderson, Clear Channel President and COO of North American Theatrical, told Pollstar. “We are also expecting that both the Opera House in Boston and the France-Merrick in Baltimore will have significant concert activity on a high-end level.”

Clear Channel is currently renovating Philadelphia’s 2,400-capacity Boyd Theatre, which is an abandoned 1928 movie house. The company has just competed its purchase of the venue at an undisclosed price and expects to reopen it in fall 2006.

In June, CCC expects to reopen Toronto’s New Yorker Theater – soon to be renamed Panasonic Theater – which will be the permanent home of Blue Man Group.