If you haven't heard, the Empress Ballroom is officially closed. Over the next few months it will turn into a new artsy business and will no longer have shows (or very very seldom have shows). Empress could no longer afford to stay open due to a lack of attendance at shows after all of our money was spent on the drop ceiling. It's unfortunate that it had to come to this but it was really impossible to stay open. Between locals not holding up their end of the contracts, a lack of interest (half due to the aforementioned), a huge drop in attendance, and the money spent on the drop ceiling, closing down was a looming fact that all of us here at the ballroom had to face eventually.
Best of luck to everyone looking for shows, bands looking to play, and thanks to those who supported the Ballroom throughout the short time it was open.