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

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, California
Location L.A. Live, South Park, Downtown Los Angeles
Public transit LAMetroLogo.svg  Expo Line   Blue Line  at Pico
Owner Anschutz Entertainment Group
Operator AEG Live
Type Theatre
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
($150 million in 2017 dollars[1])
Architect ELS Architecture
Structural engineer John A. Martin & Associates
General contractor Clark Construction
Website
Venue Website

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

History[edit]

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]

Awards shows[edit]

Microsoft Theater as viewed from the stage

The Microsoft Theater hosts multiple annual awards shows. Since its opening in 2007, the Microsoft Theater has become the home of multiple entertainment industry awards shows, most notably the Primetime Emmy Awards.

Primetime Emmy Awards[edit]

Since 2008, the Microsoft Theater has hosted the annual Primetime Emmy Awards after that show moved here from the Shrine Auditorium. The Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Awards, which take place a week before the Primetime Emmy Awards, are also held at the Microsoft Theater. Following the Emmy Awards telecast, the Governors Ball is held across the street at the Los Angeles Convention Center. [7]

Grammy Awards[edit]

In 2008 and 2011, the venue hosted The Grammy Nominations Live, a concert announcing the nominees for the Grammy Awards. The Grammy Awards take place annually across the street at the Staples Center, but the pre-telecast ceremony, where 70 Grammys are awarded prior to the evening show which is televised, is held at the Microsoft Theater. [8]

American Music Awards[edit]

Since 2007, the annual American Music Awards have been held here after moving from the Shrine Auditorium.

ESPY Awards[edit]

Since 2008 the ESPY Awards, honoring outstanding athletic achievement, have been held at this venue.

Other[edit]

The venue has also hosted the annual People's Choice Awards since 2010, the annual BET Awards since 2013 and The Game Awards since 2015.[9]

It hosted the MTV Video Music Awards in 2010, 2011 and 2015.

The Microsoft Theater has also hosted the Radio Disney Music Awards.[10]

Sports[edit]

The Microsoft Theater has also served as a sports venue. It has hosted boxing matches and will also serve as a venue during the 2028 Olympics.

Boxing[edit]

Boxing matches have been held at the theater.[11]

2028 Summer Olympics[edit]

The Microsoft Theater will host weightlifting at the 2028 Summer Olympics.[12]

Overwatch League[edit]

On January 9, 2018, it was announced by Los Angeles Valiant CEO Noah Whinston that the Microsoft Theater would be the team's home arena starting in 2020.[13]

Other events[edit]

The theater 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.

Vocaloid character Hatsune Miku made her U.S. debut at the Microsoft Theater on July 2, 2011, as part of Anime Expo.[14] She returned to the venue on October 11–12, 2014 as part of Miku Expo LA 2014.[15] Both concerts were sold out. Hatsune Miku returned for another performance on May 6, 2016, as part of her first North American tour.[16] She once again returned to the Microsoft Theater as part of her second tour of North America on June 29th, 2018. [17] The 28th Annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductions were held at the Microsoft Theater on April 18, 2013.[18]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis Community Development Project. "Consumer Price Index (estimate) 1800–". Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. Retrieved January 2, 2018. 
  2. ^ a b "Nokia Theatre L.A. Live-About". Anschutz Entertainment Group. Archived from the original on July 23, 2008. Retrieved July 8, 2008. 
  3. ^ a b Sokol, David (May 19, 2008). "Nokia Theatre". Architectural Record. Retrieved September 17, 2017. (Registration required (help)). 
  4. ^ Brown, August (June 9, 2015). "L.A. Live's Nokia Theatre changes name to Microsoft Theater". Los Angeles Times. 
  5. ^ Trenholm, Rich (April 25, 2014). "Microsoft closes Nokia deal, pays more than expected". CNET. Retrieved April 25, 2014. 
  6. ^ Barnes, Mike. "Microsoft Takes Naming Rights to L.A.'s Nokia Theatre (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved September 17, 2017. 
  7. ^ "Emmys Will Move To New Venue". USA Today. Associated Press. March 11, 2008. Retrieved July 13, 2008. 
  8. ^ "GRAMMY Awards Premiere Ceremony Performers, Presenters Announced". The GRAMMYs. February 16, 2015. Archived from the original on February 15, 2016. Retrieved February 15, 2016. 
  9. ^ Kennedy, Gerrick D. (June 30, 2012). "BET Awards stage one more in the Shrine before going to L.A. Live". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved October 13, 2012. 
  10. ^ "Radio Disney Music Awards 2014: Full List Of Winners". Forbes. August 23, 2006. Retrieved December 29, 2011. 
  11. ^ "Staples Center: 10 years of boxing and counting". ringtv.com. Retrieved January 28, 2018. 
  12. ^ Slayton, Nicholas (August 30, 2017). "Downtown Will Have a Huge Role in the 2028 Olympics". Los Angeles Downtown News. Retrieved September 17, 2017. 
  13. ^ "Los Angeles Valiant's future home arena announced". usatoday.com. Retrieved July 14, 2018. 
  14. ^ "Japan's Virtual Pop Star Hatsune Miku To Make U.S. Concert Debut At Anime Expo 2011" (Press release). Anime Expo 2011. Archived from the original on May 19, 2011. Retrieved September 17, 2017. 
  15. ^ "Hatsune Miku Expo Los Angeles". Crypton Future Media. 
  16. ^ "Hatsune Miku Expo 2016 North America". Crypton Future Media. 
  17. ^ "Hatsune Miku Expo 2018 North America & Mexico". Crypton Future Media. 
  18. ^ "Rock and Rock Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony 2013". CBS News. April 19, 2013. 

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Shrine Auditorium
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Primetime Emmy Awards

2008–present
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Shrine Auditorium
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American Music Awards

2007–present
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Kodak Theatre
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ESPY Awards

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Kodak Theatre
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American Idol Finale

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Dolby Theatre
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MTV Video Music Awards

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