8. Nikon at Jones Beach Theatre, Wantagh, New York
Even Hurricane Sandy couldn't take down this resilient beachside theatre, built in 1930 and run from the Fifties to the Seventies by schmaltzy crooner Guy "Enjoy Yourself" Lombardo. To repair the theatre after last October's superstorm, promoter Live Nation spent $20 million pumping out 3 million gallons of water, rebuilding the stage and boardwalk, replacing nine miles of cables, hauling out hundreds of tons of debris and meticulously cleaning, well, everything. This spring, the theatre reopened right on time. "With waves breaking on either side of the stage house, Jones Beach is one of a kind," says Michael Rapino, Live Nation's chief executive.
Fun Fact: When Lombardo died in 1977, New York promoter Ron Delsener took over, replacing Lombardo's Broadway productions with rock concerts.