Crumbling Roof Closes Wellmont

Plaster problems at the Wellmont Theatre in Montclair, N.J., have led to a temporary closure of the venue after a chunk of ceiling fell during a recent Deadmau5 concert.

Township manager Marc Dashield told the Montclair Times the 2,500-capacity venue’s certificate of occupancy had been revoked as “a safety precaution, until we determine what caused this.”

“This” turned out to be a six to 10-foot section of plaster that fell from the ceiling of the upper balcony July 27.

Dashield said fire marshals responded to the incident, and while one concertgoer received medical attention, there were no serious injuries.

“Not knowing what caused this, we are erring in the side of caution,” he added, noting the building will undergo a structural analysis.

“If we are able to come up with something that ensures the safety of the people coming to the theatre and meets code, we’ll do the best we can to work with them to that end.”

Bowery Presents, which manages and operates the venue, issued a statement following the closure explaining that ceiling repairs to ensure patron safety are under way.

An Aug. 4 Interpol concert at the venue was postponed but the statement suggested a swift reopening as it said the Wellmont is still anticipating upcoming shows featuring Lyle Lovett Aug. 15 and Counting Crows Aug. 17-18.

The Wellmont, which operated as a movie theatre for years, was reopened in 2008 after undergoing extensive structural and internal improvements.