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L.A. LIVE is an entertainment complex in the South Park District of Downtown Los Angeles, California. It is adjacent to the Staples Center and Los Angeles
Los Angeles
Convention Center. L.A. LIVE was developed by Anschutz Entertainment Group
Anschutz Entertainment Group
(AEG), Wachovia
Corp, Azteca Corp, investment firm MacFarlane Partners, and with tax deferments paid by Los Angeles
Los Angeles
taxpayers. It cost approximately US$2.5 billion to build.[1] The architectural firm responsible for the master plan and phase two buildings was Baltimore-based RTKL Associates.[2]


1 Features

1.1 Microsoft Square 1.2 Microsoft Theater
Microsoft Theater
and The Novo 1.3 Grammy Museum 1.4 Hotels and residences 1.5 ESPN Zone
and broadcasting studios 1.6 Regal Entertainment Group 1.7 Restaurants

2 Timeline

2.1 Explored Expansion 2.2 Construction gallery

3 School zoning 4 See also 5 References 6 External links

Features[edit] L.A. LIVE has 5,600,000 square feet (520,257 m2) of ballrooms, bars, concert theatres, restaurants, movie theaters, and a 54-story hotel and condominium tower on a 27-acre (10.9 ha) site.[3] The complex became home to AEG and the Herbalife
headquarters in 2008.[4] Microsoft Square[edit] Microsoft Square is a 40,000-square-foot (3,716 m2) open-air plaza that serves as the central meeting place for L.A. LIVE. The Square provides a broadcast venue featuring giant LED screens as well as a red carpet site for special events.[3] Microsoft Square hosted the first WWE SummerSlam
Axxess event on the weekend beginning August 22, 2009, leading up to the 2009 SummerSlam
event on August 23 at Staples Center. On June 24, 2010, the Square was the location for the official red carpet premiere of The Twilight Saga: Eclipse among other World Premiers.[5] Microsoft Theater
Microsoft Theater
and The Novo[edit] Main article: Microsoft Theater Main article: The Novo by Microsoft

The completed Microsoft Theater
Microsoft Theater
(formerly Nokia Theatre) from Chick Hearn Court

Microsoft Theater
Microsoft Theater
(previously the Nokia Theatre) is a music and theatre venue seating 7,100, while The Novo (previous Club Nokia) is an intimate venue with a seating capacity of 2,300 for live music and cultural events.[3][6] The theatre has hosted the ESPY Awards
ESPY Awards
since 2008. The first scheduled event held at Microsoft Theatre
was a concert featuring The Eagles
The Eagles
and The Dixie Chicks
The Dixie Chicks
on October 18, 2007.[6] National events hosted since have included the American Music Awards on November 18, 2007.[6] The venue has also hosted the finale of the seventh, eighth and ninth seasons of American Idol
American Idol
on May 21, 2008, May 20, 2009, and May 25, 2010, respectively. Recording artist John Mayer's live album Where the Light Is: John Mayer
John Mayer
Live in Los Angeles was recorded at the Microsoft Theatre. On March 11, 2008, the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences
Academy of Television Arts and Sciences
announced with AEG that the venue would be the home to the Primetime Emmy Awards ceremony from 2008 until at least 2018. The 2010 MTV Video Music Awards
2010 MTV Video Music Awards
were held at Microsoft Theatre
on September 12, 2010.[7] Grammy Museum[edit]

The entrance of the Grammy Museum at L.A. LIVE

Main article: The Grammy Museum On May 8, 2007, it was announced that the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences would establish a museum dedicated to the history of the Grammy Awards.[8] The museum opened on December 2008 for the Grammy Awards
Grammy Awards
50th anniversary. It consists of four floors with historical music artifacts.[9][10] It has featured a number of exhibits, including the John Lennon
John Lennon
Songwriter Exhibit, which was open from October 4, 2010 to March 31, 2011. Embedded on the sidewalks at the LA Live streets are bronze disks, similar to the Hollywood Walk of Fame, honoring each year's top winners, Record of the Year, Best New Artist, Album of the Year, and Song of the Year.

Marriott's Ritz Carlton
Ritz Carlton
and J.W. Marriott hotels

L.A. LIVE at night from Figueroa Street

Hotels and residences[edit] The centerpiece of the district is a 54-story, 1,001-room two-hotel hybrid tower, constructed above the parking lot directly north of the Staples Center.[3] Designed by Gensler
and built by Webcor Builders, the skyscraper contains both an 879-room JW Marriott hotel on floors 3 through 21 and a 123-room Ritz-Carlton
hotel on floors 22 through 26. Floors 27 through 52 hold 224 Residences at the Ritz Carlton condominiums.[11] The tower's architectural design evolves from a "geometric pattern of glittering, blue-tinted glass."[12] Thirty-four different types of glass were installed to create the uniquely patterned facade.[13] Groundbreaking for the tower took place in June 2007.[11] The project was completed in the first quarter of 2010. In July 2014, Marriott Hotels opened a second two-hotel hybrid tower with 393 rooms just north across Olympic Boulevard with a Marriott Courtyard and a Residence Inn.[14] The project was built using funds from the EB-5 visa program.[15] In March 2015, AEG announced that they would add 755 rooms to the J.W. Marriott by constructing a high-rise on the north side of Olympic next to the Marriott Courtyard and Residence Inn building. The new building would be connected by a bridge over the roadway and when completed, the J.W. Marriott would be the second-largest hotel in California
with 1,756 rooms.[16] ESPN Zone
and broadcasting studios[edit] The second phase of development included a 12,300-square-foot (1,140 m2) ESPN
broadcasting studio, as well as an ESPN
Zone restaurant built on the corner of Figueroa Street
Figueroa Street
and Chick Hearn Court. In an effort to expand coverage of West Coast sports, ESPN began broadcasting the 1 AM ET (10 PM PT) edition of SportsCenter
from the studio on April 6, 2009.[17][18][19] The ESPN Zone
restaurant closed in July 2013 and was replaced by Tom's Urban 24, Smashburger and Live Basil Pizza restaurants.[20] Regal Entertainment Group[edit] The $100 million, 140,000 square foot, Regal Entertainment Group
Regal Entertainment Group
movie complex includes 14 screens and 3,772 seats.[21] It includes a three-story art-deco-style atrium and an 806-seat theater called the "Regal Premiere House" intended for "lucrative" premieres.[21] The theater complex became the West Coast flagship location for Regal, at the time of its opening, the largest theater chain in the United States.[21] The Michael Jackson
Michael Jackson
film This Is It was the opening film at the theater.[21] Restaurants[edit] L.A. LIVE is also host to a set of mid to high scale dining including Fleming's Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar, Katsuya, Lawry's, Rock'N Fish, Rosa Mexicana, Cleo, Wolfgang Puck Bar & Grill, and Yard House.[22] Timeline[edit] Initial construction at L.A. LIVE began in September 2005.[23] The first phase opened in October 2007 and contained Microsoft Theatre, the Microsoft Square, a retail plaza, as well as an underground parking garage, holding a fraction of the project's expected total of 4,000 parking spaces.[23]

Phase Phase description Scheduled opening

Phase I 7,100-seat Microsoft Theatre
and Microsoft Square Completed[3]

studios and ESPN Zone
restaurant/arcade complex, restaurants, Grammy Museum, Club Nokia, Lucky Strike bowling alley, and The Conga Room Completed[3]

Phase III 54-story Ritz-Carlton/JW Marriott hotel and the 14-screen West Coast flagship theatre multiplex operated by Regal Entertainment Group. Completed[3][24]

Explored Expansion[edit] The Los Angeles
Los Angeles
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 (30,901.2 m2) of office space and a 269,182-square-foot (25,007.8 m2) 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."[25] For a time prior to the return of the Los Angeles
Los Angeles
Rams plans were being developed for the NFL to return to Los Angeles
Los Angeles
with a new stadium being planned on the campus, to be called Farmers Field. The Los Angeles
Los Angeles
City Council approved a non-binding memorandum of understanding (MOU) with AEG in a 12-0 vote on August 9, 2011.[26] With the termination of the proposed sale of AEG and the departure of Tim Leiweke, which were announced on March 14, 2013, plans for the construction of Farmers Field effectively ended.[27] AEG abandoned the project in March 2015, after the Oakland Raiders
Oakland Raiders
and the then San Diego Chargers, and St. Louis Rams
St. Louis Rams
(the three most likely candidates for relocation) all proposed their own stadium plans in the event they were to relocate to Los Angeles.[28] In 2016 plans were approved for the Rams to return to Los Angeles
Los Angeles
with their own stadium Los Angeles Stadium at Hollywood Park in Inglewood which they will share with the Los Angeles
Los Angeles
Chargers. Construction gallery[edit]

L.A. Live
L.A. Live
during Construction

The hotel on Olympic Blvd. under construction in November 2008

The completed Ritz Carlton
Ritz Carlton
Residences at LA Live

School zoning[edit] The Ritz Carlton
Ritz Carlton
residences are zoned to the Los Angeles
Los Angeles
Unified School District.[29] Zoned schools include Olympic Primary School (Kindergarten), 10th Street Elementary School (1-5), John H. Liechty Middle School (6-8), and the Belmont Academic Zone (9-12) which includes Belmont High School and other schools.[30] See also[edit]

Greater Los Angeles
Los Angeles
portal Architecture portal

Farmers Field Grand Avenue Project Hollywood and Highland           

Dolby Theatre List of tallest buildings in Los Angeles Park Fifth Towers List of music venues in Los Angeles

References[edit] Notes

^ "Nokia Theatre
L.A. LIVE Launches New Era For Live Entertainment" (Press release). Anschutz Entertainment Group. 2007-10-17. Archived from the original on 2008-07-23. Retrieved 2008-07-08.  ^ Hawthorne, Christopher (3 December 2008). "It has no place". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 3 September 2013.  ^ a b c d e f g "Nokia Theatre
L.A. Live-About L.A. Live". Anschutz Entertainment Group. Archived from the original on 2008-05-17. Retrieved 2008-07-08.  ^ Regardie, Jon (2007-10-22). "Nokia Gets Strong Reception". Los Angeles Downtown News. Retrieved 2008-07-08. [permanent dead link] ^ Tracy Rosenfield (16 May 2010). "Summit Entertainment Announces Camp-Out Dates for "Eclipse" Premiere". Hollywood News. Retrieved 26 July 2012.  ^ a b c " Microsoft Theater
Microsoft Theater
– About". Anschutz Entertainment Group. Retrieved June 9, 2015.  ^ "Emmys Will Move To New Venue". Associated Press/USAToday. 2008-03-11. Retrieved 2008-07-08.  ^ "Grammy Museum Set To Open In September" (Press release). The Recording Academy. 2008-06-05. Retrieved 2008-07-08.  ^ Bream, Jon; Ken Viste (April 16, 2009). "Museum in a Minute: Grammy Museum strikes a chord". Star Tribune. San Jose Mercury News, 750 Ridder Park Drive, San Jose, CA 95190: San Jose Mercury News. Star Tribune. 12158930. Retrieved April 29, 2009. The country's newest music shrine — the Grammy Museum, which opened in December — fits in downtown Los Angeles
Los Angeles
like another cowboy hat in Nashville.  ^ "Our Mission". 800 W Olympic Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90015: The Grammy Museum. 2008. Archived from the original (PHP) on April 18, 2009. Retrieved April 29, 2009. The GRAMMY Museum explores and celebrates the enduring legacies of all forms of music; the creative process; the art and technology of the recording process; and the history of the GRAMMY Awards, the premier recognition of recorded music accomplishment.  ^ a b Richardson, Eric (2009-05-15). "L.A. Live's Ritz Tower Nearly Done With Glass". blogdowntown.com. Retrieved 2009-05-18.  ^ Hawthorne, Christopher (February 13, 2010). "Architecture review: the tower at L.A Live". Los Angeles
Los Angeles
Times.  ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2013-07-08. Retrieved 2013-07-23.  ^ Kim, Eddie (June 30, 2014). "Marriott's New Downtown Project Is Two Hotels in One". Los Angeles
Los Angeles
Downtown News. Civic Center News, Inc.  ^ Shyong, Frank (August 30, 2014). "Visa program for wealthy investors maxed out by Chinese demand". Los Angeles
Los Angeles
Times.  ^ Vincent, Rover (March 5, 2015). "AEG to add 755 rooms to Marriott complex at L.A. LIVE". Los Angeles
Los Angeles
Times.  ^ " SportsCenter
In L.A.- From ESPN". Sports Media Journal. 2009-06-05. Retrieved 2010-07-15.  ^ Levine, Stuart (2009-04-06). "ESPN's 'SportsCenter' heads West". Variety.com. Retrieved 2010-07-14.  ^ Pucin, Diane (2009-04-06). "ESPN's studio in L.A. debuts". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2010-05-07.  ^ https://www.lalive.com/news/detail/smashburger-toms-urban-24-and-live-basil-pizza-set-to-open-fourth-quarter-2013-at-la-live ^ a b c d 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
Los Angeles
Times ^ https://www.lalive.com/eat ^ a b "Nokia Theatre
L.A. Live-About". Anschutz Entertainment Group. Archived from the original on 2008-07-23. Retrieved 2008-07-08.  ^ "JW Marriott". LA Live JW Marriott. 2008. Retrieved 2008-09-11.  ^ "AEG Plans Staples/LA Live Expansion". Archived from the original on 2011-07-27.  ^ "L.A. Now". Los Angeles
Los Angeles
Times. August 9, 2011.  ^ Sam Farmer, NFL probably won't like this Philip Anschutz, Los Angeles Times, March 14, 2013 ^ "AEG shuts down plans to build downtown Farmers Field for NFL team". Los Angeles
Los Angeles
Daily News. March 9, 2015. Retrieved March 9, 2015.  ^ "Overview." The Ritz Carlton
Ritz Carlton
Residences at L.A. Live. Retrieved on December 25, 2012. "900 West Olympic Blvd. #30G Los Angeles, CA 90015 Entrance on Georgia St." ^ "School Finder." Los Angeles
Los Angeles
Unified School District. Retrieved on December 25, 2012. Enter the street address into this locator.

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