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Coordinates: 34°02′40″N 118°16′00″W / 34.04444°N 118.26667°W / 34.04444; -118.26667

The Microsoft Theater (formerly Nokia Theatre L.A. Live) is a music and theatre venue in downtown Los Angeles, California at L.A. Live. The theatre auditorium seats 7,100[2] and holds one of the largest indoor stages in the United States.[3]

Microsoft Theater
NokiaTheaterLA-Live02.jpg
Exterior of venue (c.2008)
Former names Nokia Theatre L.A. Live (2007-15)
Address 777 Chick Hearn Ct
Los Angeles, CA 90015-4603
Location L.A. Live, South Park, Downtown Los Angeles
Owner Anschutz Entertainment Group
Operator AEG Live
Capacity 7,100
Construction
Broke ground September 15, 2005 (2005-09-15)
Opened October 17, 2007 (2007-10-17)
Renovated 2015
Construction cost $120 million
($147 million in 2016 dollars[1])
Architect ELS Architecture
Structural engineer John A. Martin & Associates
General contractor Clark Construction
Website
Venue Website

Contents

HistoryEdit

The theatre was designed by ELS Architecture and Urban Design of Berkeley, California on a commission by the Anschutz Entertainment Group (AEG) in 2002.[3] It opened on October 18, 2007 with six concerts featuring The Eagles and The Dixie Chicks.[2] On June 7, 2015, the venue was re-branded as Microsoft Theater as part of a new naming rights deal with AEG Live.[4] Microsoft had acquired Nokia's mobile device business in 2014.[5] As part of the new naming rights deal, the L.A. Live plaza was also renamed Microsoft Square, and Microsoft provided upgrades to the venue's technology.[6]

EventsEdit

 
Microsoft Theater as viewed from the stage

Since its opening, the Microsoft Theater has been a popular venue for award shows. The theatre has hosted the ESPY Awards since 2008 as well as the American Music Awards since 2007. The venue has been the home to the Primetime Emmy Awards since 2008 and will continue to do so until at least 2018.[7] It hosted the MTV Video Music Awards in 2010, 2011 and 2015. In 2008 and 2011, the venue hosted The Grammy Nominations Live, a concert announcing the nominees for the Grammy Awards were announced. The Grammy Awards take place annually across the street at the Staples Center, but the pre-telecast ceremony, where 70 Grammy Awards are awarded prior to the evening show which is televised, is held at the Microsoft Theater. The Microsoft Theater has hosted the People's Choice Awards since 2010. It has also been used by Nintendo multiple times for press conferences during E3. It was also the venue for the finale of American Idol from seasons 7–13 as well as the 2015, and 2016 The Game Awards.

Vocaloid character Hatsune Miku made her US debut at Microsoft Theater on July 2, 2011, as part of Anime Expo.[8] She returned to the venue on October 11–12, 2014 as part of Miku Expo LA 2014.[9] Both concerts were sold out. Hatsune Miku returned for another performance on May 6, 2016 as part of her first North American tour.[10] The 28th Annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductions were held at the Microsoft Theater on April 18, 2013.[11] The BET Awards moved to the Microsoft Theater in 2013.[12] Since 2013, the Microsoft Theater has hosted the Radio Disney Music Awards.[13] The Microsoft Theater also hosted the 58th Annual Grammy Awards Premiere Ceremony on February 15, 2016.[14]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis Community Development Project. "Consumer Price Index (estimate) 1800–". Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. Retrieved January 2, 2017. 
  2. ^ a b "Nokia Theatre L.A. Live-About". Anschutz Entertainment Group. Archived from the original on 2008-07-23. Retrieved 2008-07-08. 
  3. ^ a b "Nokia Theatre". Architectural Record. Retrieved 2013-09-22. 
  4. ^ Brown, August (June 9, 2015). "L.A. Live's Nokia Theatre changes name to Microsoft Theater". Los Angeles Times. 
  5. ^ Trenholm, Rich (25 April 2014). "Microsoft closes Nokia deal, pays more than expected". CNET. Retrieved 25 April 2014. 
  6. ^ "Microsoft Takes Naming Rights to L.A.'s Nokia Theatre (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 8 July 2015. 
  7. ^ Associated Press (11 March 2008). "Emmys Will Move To New Venue". USA Today. Retrieved 13 July 2008. 
  8. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-05-19. Retrieved 2011-05-18. 
  9. ^ http://mikuexpo.com/la
  10. ^ http://mikuexpo.com/na2016/
  11. ^ 28th Annual Rock and Rock Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony
  12. ^ Gerrick D. Kennedy (30 June 2012). "BET Awards stage one more in the Shrine before going to L.A. Live". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 13 October 2012. 
  13. ^ "Radio Disney Music Awards 2014: Full List Of Winners". Forbes. 2006-08-23. Retrieved 2011-12-29. 
  14. ^ "GRAMMY Awards Premiere Ceremony Performers, Presenters Announced". The GRAMMYs. February 2, 2016. Retrieved 15 February 2016. 

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