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JustSteve
06-05-2008, 07:28 PM
Just heard about this going up as part of the L.A. Live/Nokia/Staples Center complex...sounds pretty cool, can't wait to see what the place is like!

"More intimate live performances will be hosted at Club NOKIA. Accommodating over 2,300 guests, Club NOKIA will be the perfect venue for new emerging music acts, cultural shows and will provide excellent space for corporate events and private parties. It is expected that Club NOKIA will host 150 concerts annually - concerts that are currently booked in non-AEG controlled venues in Los Angeles through AEG's live music division, Goldenvoice."

woogie846
06-05-2008, 07:30 PM
When is this opening?

JustSteve
06-05-2008, 07:31 PM
this fall.

suprefan
06-05-2008, 07:31 PM
Works for me, I want to see how it will be designed, GA or seated.

JustSteve
06-05-2008, 07:32 PM
ga floor, seated balcony

concept pics
http://a874.ac-images.myspacecdn.com/images01/28/l_0abfddb2f31d4a3466805ce7fd9cdc81.jpg

http://a223.ac-images.myspacecdn.com/images01/27/l_dfaecde40d1b89a932b359ff46bb645e.jpg

http://www.myspace.com/clubnokia

Stainofmind
06-05-2008, 07:42 PM
ga floor, seated balcony

concept pics
http://a874.ac-images.myspacecdn.com/images01/28/l_0abfddb2f31d4a3466805ce7fd9cdc81.jpg

http://a223.ac-images.myspacecdn.com/images01/27/l_dfaecde40d1b89a932b359ff46bb645e.jpg

http://www.myspace.com/clubnokia

Hey thats how The Warfield in San Francisco is set up. Hopefully the renovation of the Warfield will look much nicer.

zenidogx
06-05-2008, 08:10 PM
you know the first show there is going to be badass. and i'm not going to be in the area! unhappy face.

suprefan
06-05-2008, 08:15 PM
Hey thats how The Warfield in San Francisco is set up. Hopefully the renovation of the Warfield will look much nicer.

Lots of venues are set up the same, the Warfield doesnt even look close to that same visual. the balcony isnt that close to the stage and cuvred like that.








Looks promising, I hope some great bands end up playing there.

woogie846
06-05-2008, 08:31 PM
That looks nice, I'm looking forward to this.

iv3rdawG
06-05-2008, 08:55 PM
Looks really cool.

uscjeff
06-05-2008, 09:24 PM
Sounds like it is going to take a ton of business that currently goes to the Wiltern. Just sucks parking downtown can be a draf

suprefan
06-05-2008, 09:29 PM
Its called the subway, use it.

uscjeff
06-05-2008, 09:47 PM
Its called the subway, use it.

Its easier just to drive and park. Would have to drive to the Wiltern subway stop, find parking there, then walk the 8 blocks or whatever it is to LA Live. You can park for free closer to LA Live than that

suprefan
06-05-2008, 10:16 PM
Um walk 2 blocks to L.a. live from the stop in front of Staples. sue dont know your distances. And youll start to rethink driving and parking when its $5 a gallon for gas soon.

uscjeff
06-05-2008, 10:18 PM
Um walk 2 blocks to L.a. live from the stop in front of Staples. sue dont know your distances. And youll start to rethink driving and parking when its $5 a gallon for gas soon.

Very true on the gas part. I live less than a mile from the Wiltern though - nice to get home from shows in 5 mintues, not to mention being able to walk to the el rey

shakermaker113
06-06-2008, 08:03 AM
stop preaching about the damn subway.

also, 2,300 people is considered intimate now?

fatbastard
06-06-2008, 08:09 AM
There's alot of construction going on in downtown LA.

uscjeff
06-25-2008, 03:43 PM
Anyone know when this thing is supposed to open? I would imagine right around when the Palladium reopens Oct 15? Going to be lots of competition between the venues this fall...

suprefan
06-25-2008, 03:46 PM
Live Nation and Goldenvoice love each other, so thats how it goes. Doesnt matter to me, I can take the train to both.

Sonicifyouwantit
06-25-2008, 06:37 PM
does this mean no more shows at the henry fonda? damn...they bought el rey and that hurt troubadour, now this I hope wont hurt fonda.

suprefan
06-25-2008, 06:52 PM
No, this place is compareble to the wiltern in capcity and format, so thats what will happen. The Fonda will still get acts that wanna play in a 1200 capacity place, so dont think its going to affect things so much. Its more that bands/ booking agents get more options on where an act will play, so we'll see. I dont think it will hurt things here in L.A. since The Palladium is needed and another Wiltern sized venue would be welcomed.

woogie846
06-25-2008, 07:42 PM
stop preaching about the damn subway.

also, 2,300 people is considered intimate now?

Compared to Staples and L.A. Live, yes.

aeroplanee
06-25-2008, 08:19 PM
150 shows a year is a doozy

Sushov23
06-25-2008, 08:26 PM
when is this place opening?

bmack86
06-25-2008, 08:50 PM
does this mean no more shows at the henry fonda? damn...they bought el rey and that hurt troubadour, now this I hope wont hurt fonda.

I'm fairly certain that the opening of the Echoplex is what hurt the Troubadour. since that opened, all the indie bands that used to play there now go to the Echoplex. Sometimes I like it because it's a cool venue, but I miss going to the Troub for tons of shows.

luckyface
06-25-2008, 08:52 PM
I'm fairly certain that the opening of the Echoplex is what hurt the Troubadour. since that opened, all the indie bands that used to play there now go to the Echoplex. Sometimes I like it because it's a cool venue, but I miss going to the Troub for tons of shows.

Agreed. The Troubadour is a far superior location in my opinion.

Sonicifyouwantit
06-25-2008, 10:19 PM
No, this place is compareble to the wiltern in capcity and format, so thats what will happen. The Fonda will still get acts that wanna play in a 1200 capacity place, so dont think its going to affect things so much. Its more that bands/ booking agents get more options on where an act will play, so we'll see. I dont think it will hurt things here in L.A. since The Palladium is needed and another Wiltern sized venue would be welcomed.

thats probably true and I have no love well not much for the wiltern any way...nice theater but its not my favorite place to see a show. that would be troubadour.


I'm fairly certain that the opening of the Echoplex is what hurt the Troubadour. since that opened, all the indie bands that used to play there now go to the Echoplex. Sometimes I like it because it's a cool venue, but I miss going to the Troub for tons of shows.

blasted echoplex!


Agreed. The Troubadour is a far superior location in my opinion.


I second that emotion.

tessalasset
06-25-2008, 10:23 PM
Man, is that what it is? I noticed I haven't been going to Troubadour as much as I used to. That must be it. And I agree, I love Troub's location.


and another Wiltern sized venue would be welcomed.
I think the Wiltern would disagree with you.

Sonicifyouwantit
06-25-2008, 10:33 PM
talking to staff at troub they also cited the fact that labels are trying to book shows that can expose more than 500 people to a band so they are opting for el rey and/or fonda.

EDIT: I think the Mayan and Orpheum are underused venues and would be welcome to book more acts in the future.

Ardentbiscuit
06-25-2008, 10:35 PM
Club Nokia is just part of that whole LA Live megaplex. It's going to be ridiculous when the whole thing is done.

Click link for info...

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/La_live

The craziest thing there is the main building, the lower floors will be a JW Marriot, the middle floors will be a Ritz Carlton and the top levels will be extremely overpriced Ritz Carlton condos...pretty nuts if you ask me.

For people who don't want to click the link...

L.A. Live, (also popularly called Times Square West, and The Los Angeles Sports and Entertainment District) is currently under construction in downtown Los Angeles, California. Adjacent to the Staples Center, L.A. Live is slated to cost approximately USD $2.5 billion to be paid by owner Anschutz Entertainment Group, Wachovia Corp. and investment firm MacFarlane Partners with help from Los Angeles taxpayers. It will feature six city blocks of apartments, ballrooms, bars, concert theaters, condominiums, restaurants, movie theaters and a hotel. This project will move the downtown skyline and center of activity further South.

The multi-faceted entertainment destination will feature entertainment venues, restaurants, retail commercial and residential spaces, television and radio broadcast studios, and concert spaces. Highlights of the district will include a 54-story tower housing two hotels and serviced residences (under the JW Marriott, Ritz-Carlton and Residences At The Ritz-Carlton brands), a 40,000 ft² outdoor plaza, an ESPN broadcast and restaurant facility, Regal Theatres, as well as Club Nokia, the Nokia Theatre Los Angeles, and Nokia Plaza.

Contents

* 1 Features
o 1.1 Nokia Plaza
o 1.2 Nokia Theatre
o 1.3 Grammy Museum
o 1.4 ESPN West Coast Headquarters
o 1.5 J.W. Marriott/Ritz Carlton Hotel and Residences
o 1.6 Herbalife Headquarters/Office Space
* 2 Timeline
* 3 See also
* 4 References
* 5 External links

Features

Nokia Plaza

Nokia Plaza is a 40,000 ft² open-air plaza that will serve as the central meeting place for L.A. Live. The Plaza will serve as one of the district's key anchors, providing a broadcast venue featuring giant LED screens as well as a red carpet site for special events. The Nokia venues will be part of the "Nokia Unwired" marketing platform, which will bring live music to fans in both the Nokia venues and through "Nokia Presents Hard Rock Live" on MTV.

Architects and designers were inspired to create a district featuring the same amount of flashiness prominent at Times Square in New York City and the Ginza District of Tokyo.

Nokia Theatre

Nokia Theatre Los Angeles is a premier mid-sized music and theatre venue featuring state-of-the-art acoustics and seating for 7,100. The Theatre will host the Latin Grammy Awards and ESPY Awards, as well as numerous other productions from VH1, MTV, and BET. It is also available for corporate shareholder meetings, product launches, and seminars. Club Nokia will be a club for live music and cultural events. The stand-alone club, which will accommodate up to 2,400 patrons, will feature up and coming music acts, bands, and cultural shows. 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 the Dixie Chicks on October 18, 2007. Other events already booked include the American Music Awards on November 18.

On March 11, 2008, the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences announced with Anschutz that the venue will be the home to the Primetime Emmy Awards ceremony from 2008 until at least 2018, [1].

Events held at Nokia Theater:

* Season finale of the seventh season of American Idol was held here on May 21, 2008, after using the Kodak Theatre as the finale stage for the 1st and 3rd-6th season coronations.

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. The Grammys are now held annually at Staples Center.[2]

ESPN West Coast Headquarters

ESPN Network is scheduled to move into the broadcast center once the second phase of development is completed in late 2009. A state-of-the-art studio and an ESPN Zone restaurant is scheduled for inclusion in the building on the corner of Figueroa and 11th.[1]

An additional broadcasting center is planned to accommodate national and local entertainment coverage, including ABC sports, news and music broadcasts. [3]

[edit] J.W. Marriott/Ritz Carlton Hotel and Residences

The centerpiece of the district will be the tower, a 54 story, 1,001 room two-hotel hybrid constructed above the parking lot directly north of the Staples Center. The hotels, to be operated as the 654-room JW Marriott Los Angeles on the first 24 floors and the 123-room Ritz-Carlton Los Angeles above, are expected to bring the Los Angeles Convention Center a significant increase of reservations, mainly due to the solution of the existing problem of a lack of nearby hotels to serve convention visitors. The tower was delayed for a time, but local homebuilder KB Home recently signed an agreement to help build the hotel, thus construction has also begun on the hotel and is on its 10th floor of construction as of May 2008.

[edit] Herbalife Headquarters/Office Space

Office space is to be created for AEG, and Herbalife is slated to move its Headquartes to L.A. Live.[4]

[edit] Timeline

Construction began on 15 September 2005. The district is expected to revive Downtown Los Angeles and help it compete with San Diego and San Francisco for convention center business.

The first phase was completed on October 18th, 2007. Phase one 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.