Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Plans Major Renovations

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Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Museum in Cleveland

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Museum in Cleveland

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland is rolling out the next phase of renovations that, it says, will “create a transformative and multidimensional experience for music fans and visitors from around the world.”

Seven-foot-high block letters spelling out “LONG LIVE ROCK” were dedicated today (Nov. 10) on the 65,000-square-foot entry to the Rock Hall. The permanent public art installation is the first thing visitors encounter at the Hall of Fame entrance. The red metal letters are part of a continuing series of indoor and outdoor enhancements to the Rock Hall, all designed to create what a press release describes as “a high-energy welcome to visitors, showcase live music and leverage the Museum’s prime lakefront location as a dynamic gathering place.”

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Updates over the past year have already redefined the Museum and impacted the visitor experience. According to the announcement, they include:

  • A bold new atrium reflecting the grit, edge and power of rock through big, bold artist images and colors that liven the space and embody the rock and roll attitude.
  • A completely redesigned museum store with new products that are emblematic of the rock and roll lifestyle.
  • Backstage Stories: A new permanent exhibit on the Museum’s first floor, chronicling how live concerts are produced.
  • A redesigned outdoor experience that includes the massive “LONG LIVE ROCK” letters, a food truck and beer garden, new design elements and a seasonal stage that has already hosted local talent, rising stars, Inductees and other major artists.
  • The Rock Box public art project, featuring eight large speaker installations along Rock & Roll Blvd., stretching 1½ miles through downtown Cleveland. Iconic samples of rock anthems play on the hour from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., and playlists are modified to celebrate special events and programs. As the “Long Live Rock” letters were unveiled, the speakers blasted the Who song by the same name.

Part of the Hall’s Beatles exhibit (Photo from Rock Hall’s website)

Related: The Rock Hall opens in 1995

By next summer, continuing renovations will include:

  • The new “All Access” Dining & Events, which will feature food service from Cleveland’s rock star chefs, including Michael Symon, Jonathon Sawyer, Rocco Whalen and a rotation of other culinary partners. The Rock Hall worked with Aramark to develop the “All Access” brand, which will elevate the dining experience throughout the Museum, including the café, seasonal outdoor foodservice and catering for private events. The new café will open on the Rock Hall’s main plaza level, giving guests a fresh new dining experience that doesn’t require purchase of admission.
  • A new ticketing system to expedite the visitor entrance experience and allow for easy advance online ticket purchasing.
  • Ongoing enhancements on the plaza, including new sound and lighting as well as a greenspace gathering area (in addition to the seasonal stage and beer garden).
  • Motorcycle parking

Longer-term renovations will include:

  • The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Signature Experience, which will combine enhanced Inductee exhibits and a signature multimedia presentation production by Oscar-winning filmmaker Jonathan Demme.
  • The Interactive Garage Zone Experience, where visitors can make music at the Rock Hall.

Private events are still being booked and will continue during the transformation.

Related: Meet the 2017 Rock Hall nominees

Watch highlights of 2015 Rock Hall induction ceremony

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  1. Architect's Son
    #1 Architect's Son 11 November, 2016, 21:11

    I.M. Pei would be rolling over in his grave if he was dead. Wonder if anyone asked him for his opinion of this desecration of his design.

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