L.A. LIVE is an entertainment complex in the South Park District of
Downtown Los Angeles, California. It is adjacent to the Staples Center
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 taxpayers. It cost
approximately US$2.5 billion to build. The architectural firm
responsible for the master plan and phase two buildings was
Baltimore-based RTKL Associates.
1.1 Microsoft Square
Microsoft Theater and The Novo
1.3 Grammy Museum
1.4 Hotels and residences
ESPN Zone and broadcasting studios
1.6 Regal Entertainment Group
2.1 Explored Expansion
2.2 Construction gallery
3 School zoning
4 See also
6 External links
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. The
complex became home to AEG and the
Herbalife headquarters in 2008.
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. 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
Microsoft Theater and The Novo
Main article: Microsoft Theater
Main article: The Novo by Microsoft
Microsoft Theater (formerly Nokia Theatre) from Chick
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. The theatre has hosted the
ESPY Awards since
2008. The first scheduled event held at Microsoft
Theatre was a
The Eagles and
The Dixie Chicks
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, eighth and ninth seasons of
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 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
Theatre on September 12, 2010.
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. The museum opened on December 2008
Grammy Awards 50th anniversary. It consists of four floors
with historical music artifacts. It has featured a number of
exhibits, including the
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.
Ritz Carlton and J.W. Marriott hotels
L.A. LIVE at night from Figueroa Street
Hotels and residences
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. 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. The tower's architectural design evolves from a
"geometric pattern of glittering, blue-tinted glass." Thirty-four
different types of glass were installed to create the uniquely
patterned facade. Groundbreaking for the tower took place in June
2007. 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. The project was built using funds
EB-5 visa program.
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
ESPN Zone and broadcasting studios
The second phase of development included a 12,300-square-foot
ESPN broadcasting studio, as well as an
restaurant built on the corner of
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
the studio on April 6, 2009. The
ESPN Zone restaurant
closed in July 2013 and was replaced by Tom's Urban 24, Smashburger
and Live Basil Pizza restaurants.
Regal Entertainment Group
The $100 million, 140,000 square foot,
Regal Entertainment Group
Regal Entertainment Group 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 became the West Coast flagship location for Regal, at
the time of its opening, the largest theater chain in the United
Michael Jackson film This Is It was the opening film
at the theater.
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
Initial construction at L.A. LIVE began in September 2005. 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.
Theatre and Microsoft Square
ESPN studios and
ESPN Zone restaurant/arcade complex, restaurants,
Grammy Museum, Club Nokia, Lucky Strike bowling alley, and The Conga
54-story Ritz-Carlton/JW Marriott hotel and the 14-screen West Coast
flagship theatre multiplex operated by Regal Entertainment Group.
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."
For a time prior to the return of the
Los Angeles Rams plans were
being developed for the NFL to return to
Los Angeles with a new
stadium being planned on the campus, to be called Farmers Field. The
Los Angeles City Council approved a non-binding memorandum of
understanding (MOU) with AEG in a 12-0 vote on August 9, 2011.
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. AEG abandoned the
project in March 2015, after the
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. In 2016 plans were approved for
the Rams to return to
Los Angeles with their own stadium Los Angeles
Stadium at Hollywood Park in Inglewood which they will share with the
Los Angeles Chargers.
L.A. Live during Construction
The hotel on Olympic Blvd. under construction in November 2008
Ritz Carlton Residences at LA Live
Ritz Carlton residences are zoned to the
Los Angeles Unified
School District. 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.
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