Best Venue Comeback Orange County 2009 - Galaxy Theatre
Given all the businesses that have closed in 2009, it feels good to single out one that actually reopened. The Galaxy Theatre closed, seemingly for good, back in February 2008, only to rise from its metaphorical ashes a little more than a year later. Not only are they back in business, but owner Gary Folgner also spruced up a good deal of the long-dormant live-music venue, attracting top-flight acts such as indie-rock legends Built to Spill and OC punk-rock vets TSOL. There've been some hiccups, like having to cancel announced shows from Ray J and Sleepy Brown, but having another place for live music in Orange County should ultimately be nothing but a positive.