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Type  Indoor theater
Capacity  7,100
Phone  +1 213-763-6030
Seating type  Reserved
Opened  18 October 2007
Microsoft Theater

Former names  Nokia Theatre L.A. Live
Location  777 Chick Hearn Court Los Angeles, California
Address  777 Chick Hearn Ct, Los Angeles, CA 90015, USA
Owner  Anschutz Entertainment Group

Microsoft theater renovations unveiling may 5th 2016

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 and holds one of the largest indoor stages in the United States.


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The theatre was designed by ELS Architecture and Urban Design of Berkeley, California on a commission by the Anschutz Entertainment Group (AEG) in 2002. It opened on October 18, 2007 with six concerts featuring The Eagles and The Dixie Chicks. In June 2015, the venue was re-branded as Microsoft Theater as part of a new naming rights deal with AEG Live. Microsoft had acquired Nokia's mobile device business in 2014. 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..


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. 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. She returned to the venue on October 11–12, 2014 as part of Miku Expo LA 2014. Both concerts were sold out. Hatsune Miku returned for another performance on May 6, 2016 as part of her first North American tour. The 28th Annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductions were held at the Microsoft Theater on April 18, 2013. The BET Awards moved to the Microsoft Theater in 2013. Since 2013, the Microsoft Theater has hosted the Radio Disney Music Awards. The Microsoft Theater most recently hosted the 58th Annual Grammy Awards Premiere Ceremony on February 15.


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