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Live model facing Staples Center
L.A. Live is an entertainment complex under construction in downtown Los Angelesmarker, Californiamarker adjacent to the Staples Centermarker. L.A. Live is slated to cost approximately US$2.5 billion and is being developed by Anschutz Entertainment Group, Wachovia Corp, and investment firm MacFarlane Partners with help from Los Angeles taxpayers. It will have of apartments, ballrooms, bars, concert theaters, restaurants, movie theaters and a 54-story hotel and condominium tower, on a site.

Features

Nokia Plaza

Nokia Plaza is a open-air plaza that serves as the central meeting place for L.A. Live. The plaza provides a broadcast venue featuring giant LED screens as well as a red carpet site for special events.

Nokia Plaza will host the first ever WWE SummerSlam Axxess event on the weekend beginning August 22 2009, leading up to SummerSlam on August 23 at the Staples Center.

Nokia Theatre

The Nokia Theatre as viewed from the stage
The Nokia Theatre exterior
Nokia Theatre Los Angeles is a mid-sized music and theatre venue seating 7,100. The theatre will host the ESPY Awards. Club Nokia will be a venue for live music and cultural events that will accommodate up to 2,300 patrons. The club may also be used to host private parties and corporate events.

The first scheduled event held at Nokia Theatre was a concert featuring the Eagles and the Dixie Chicks on October 18, 2007. National events hosted since have included the American Music Awards on November 18, 2007. The venue has also hosted the finale of the seventh and eighth seasons of American Idol on May 21, 2008 and May 20, 2009 respectively.

On March 11, 2008, the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences announced with AEG that the venue will be the home to the Primetime Emmy Awards ceremony from 2008 until at least 2018.

Grammy Museum

On May 8, 2007, it was announced that the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences will place a museum dedicated to the history of the Grammy Awards.

Broadcasting

LA Live hotel tower under construction in November, 2008
The second phase of development includes a 12,300 square foot ESPN broadcasting studio, as well as an ESPN Zone restaurant built on the corner of Figueroa Street and Chick Hearn Court. ESPN began broadcasting its flagship show, SportsCenter, from the studio on April 6, 2009. The state-of-the-art studio, designed by Lexington, is the first studio capable of broadcasting High Definition video at 1080p resolution and 60 fps.

Hotel and Residences

The centerpiece of the district will be a 54–story, 1,001 room two-hotel hybrid tower, constructed above the parking lot directly north of the Staples Center. The skyscraper will contain both a 123-room Ritz-Carlton hotel on floors 22 through 26 and an 879-room JW Marriott hotel on floors four through 21. Floors 27 through 52 will contain 224 Residences at the Ritz Carlton condominiums. The tower was delayed for a time, but local homebuilder KB Home signed an agreement to construct the hotel.

Groundbreaking for the structure took place in June 2007, with a planned opening in February 2010. In July 2008 the 17th floor was complete and as of May 2009, exterior construction was complete.

Office space

Office space is to be created for AEG, and Herbalife is slated to move its headquarters to L.A. Live in December 2008.

Regal Cinemas LA Live

The $100 million Regal movie complex includes 14 screens and 3,772 seats. It includes a three-story art-deco-style atrium and an 806-seat theater called the "Regal Premiere House" intended for "lucrative" premieres. The theater complex will be the West Coast flagship for Regal, the largest theater chain in the U.S. The Michael Jackson film This Is It was the opening film at the theater. Sony Pictures' 2012 was the first premiere on November 3, 2009.

Timeline

L.A.
Live During Construction
Construction began in September 2005. The district is expected to revive Downtown Los Angeles and help it compete with Anaheimmarker, San Diegomarker and San Franciscomarker for convention center business.

The first phase opened in October 2007 and contains the Nokia Theatre, the Nokia Plaza, a retail plaza, as well as an underground parking garage, holding a fraction of the project's expected total of 4,000 parking spaces.

Phase Phase description Scheduled Opening
Phase 1 7,100-seat Nokia Theater and Nokia Plaza Completed
Phase 2 ESPN studios and ESPN Zone restaurant/arcade complex, restaurants, Grammy Museum, Club Nokia, Lucky Strike bowling alley, and The Conga Room Completed
Final Phase 54-story Ritz-Carlton/JW Marriott hotel and the 14-screen West Coast flagship theatre multiplex operated by The Regal Entertainment Group. Completed(Theatre)Spring 2010 (Hotel)


Downtown News reported on November 11, 2009 that AEG plans to submit significant expansion plans to the Planning Department on November 12. It includes "332,618 square feet of office space and a 269,182-square-foot broadcasting studio that could accommodate a nationwide cable television network, a 275-room hotel and a 25-story residential building with 65 units adjacent to the L.A. Live campus."

See also

L.A.
Live model of the Staples Center


References

  1. http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/news/tv/la-sp-espn6-2009apr06,0,2491719.story?track=rss
  2. http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/sports_blog/2009/04/the-big-opening-for-west-coast-sportscenter.html
  3. Richard Verrier [A Hollywood opening for downtown cinema]; AEG hopes its $100-million Regal movie complex will capture lucrative premiers October 24, 2009 B1 Los Angeles Times


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