11. Beacon Theatre
City: New York
Address: 2124 Broadway
Coolest Feature: The huge Greek goddesses beside the stage
Considered Radio City Music Hall's "older sister," the Beacon Theatre—along with its little sister—was fathered by Samuel "Roxy" Rothafel. It opened its doors in 1929, and like several theaters of that era, was used primarily for vaudeville acts, films, and operas. In 1982, it was added to the U.S. National Register of Historic Places; there's such a deep appreciation for the building's art deco appearance that a judge prevented plans to turn it into a club during the '80s because it would forever ruin the architecture.
Big artists can't come to New York without performing at the Beacon, so name a legend and they've probably played there. The Allman Brothers made it a point to play there every year, putting on a show every year for 20 years starting in 1989. Managed by the Madison Square Garden Company since 2006, the Beacon has also hosted VH1's Divas Live and a 2006 Rolling Stones performance (a private birthday show for Bill Clinton) was filmed and eventually became the Scorsese-directed Shine a Light two years later.