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(once known as "Phoenix Star Theatre")
|Address||440 N 32nd Street
Phoenix, Arizona 85008
|Owner||Richard Hazelwood - Celebrity Theatre, LLC|
|Type||theater in the round|
Beverly Hills architect Perry Neuschatz designed the 196-foot-diameter building as a multipurpose conference center. Gary Call was the associate architect. Owners planned to use Celebrity Theatre as a concert venue during the winter. It was further renovated significantly in 1995.
The stage is 30 feet in diameter and completely round, exposed to the audience on all sides. An unusual feature of the theater is that the entire stage can turn through four complete revolutions at a speed of up to 0.5 rpm, thus allowing everyone in the audience to see every part of the stage at some points during a performance. None of the 2650 seats in the theater is more than 70 feet from the stage. The theater is equipped with an orchestra pit and can be reconfigured as a proscenium stage if necessary, although this reduces the seating capacity by 25% to 50%, depending on configuration.
The theatre opened on January 13, 1964 with the musical "South Pacific" starring Betsy Palmer. In the years since, the theatre has hosted such stars as George Carlin, Van Halen, Joe Cocker, Carol Channing, Diana Ross, Billy Joel, Def Leppard, Vikki Carr, Bill Cosby, The Goose Creek Symphony, Dr. Hook, Duran Duran, Sammy Davis Jr., Sir Tom Jones, Black Sabbath, Sweathog, Smashing Pumpkins, Louis CK, Sam Kinison, Chris Rock, Lynyrd Skynyrd, David Bowie, B.B. King, Pepe Aguilar, Olivia Newton-John, Nat King Cole, Marvin Gaye, The Pretenders, Frankie Valli, Rocio Durcal, Roger Daltrey, Frank Zappa, Engelbert Humperdinck, Don Rickles, Phish, Fleetwood Mac, Etta James and The Brian Setzer Orchestra among many other legendary performers.
Mexican artist Yuridia performed here on September 5, 2009. She returned for her 6 Tour on November 5, 2016.
In February 2013, Louis C. K. filmed his HBO special Oh My God, his fifth full-length comedy special. The round stage was made blue in color, to resemble the way it appeared when George Carlin filmed his 1978 HBO comedy George Carlin: Again!. It is thought that Louis C.K. wanted to pay homage to his comedy idol, George Carlin.