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More about the Nokia Theatre, from the venue’s website. What’s below is fairly redundant in comparison to the Billboard.com piece, but it does add a few new details and some additional information…
Nokia Theatre Times Square will bring entertainmentâ€™s hottest performers to New Yorkâ€™s most famous destination when the new 2100-capacity concert venue, developed and operated by AEG LIVE, officially opens this September. Nokia Theatre Times Square, located at 1515 Broadway, the corner of Broadway and 44th Street in the Viacom/MTV building, will be an innovative, multi-use theater that can be transformed to accommodate a wide array of events including concerts, live television and web broadcasts, live recordings, award shows and cocktail receptions. Currently undergoing a $21 million renovation in the former Loews Astor Plaza movie theatre, the theatre will have a capacity that ranges from 1500 â€" 2100 depending on the event. Tickets for upcoming shows at Nokia Theatre Times Square will be available at www.nokiatheatrenyc.com, through Ticketmaster at www.ticketmaster.com or by phone at (212) 307-7171.
“As I consider myself a ‘programmer’ at heart, it’s hard to get excited about any venue, however, that all changed when I stood on the new stage at Nokia Theatre Times Square,” said Randy Phillips, President & CEO, AEG LIVE. â€œOur team of â€˜industry expertsâ€™ has created a very special, unique, spectacular theatre and environment that the artists will clearly appreciate and fall in love with. It is truly the perfect marriage of brilliant talent, incredibly clear and balanced acoustics and unparalleled sightlines blended together in a completely consumer friendly and interactive environment at the “Worldâ€™s best known address.”
David Rockwell, the award winning architect and designer, and the Rockwell Group are the architects and designers of Nokia Theatre Times Square. It is a theatre that was designed to be user-friendly and give both the fans and artists an overall superior event and concert experience. The auditorium will feature two VIP mezzanines with lounge seating, a state of the art in-house lighting system and an in-house sound system by JBL. Backstage there will be luxury dressing room suites with full bathrooms including showers, flat-screen TVâ€™s and wireless Internet capabilities for band and crew. There will also be a Green room that will be able to seat 30 band, crew and VIP’s, a warming pantry that will tailor to the artists specific catering and cooking needs.
The Nokia Theatre Times Square marquee is an 85 foot long LED, high definition screen, capable of displaying both live and digital video. It is one of the largest marquees on Broadway, directly connected to the MTV marquee and is manufactured by Mitsubishi. It will have interactive text messaging capabilities with the fans and live events will be able to be broadcast live from the stage directly to the marquee in real time. Distributed throughout the venue will be five media panels that will terminate at the marquee, allowing electronic media outlets to plug directly into the marquee to access live footage from inside the theatre. The theatre is also wired directly to the MTV studios.
Included in the theatre will be the Nokia Lounge which will provide a relaxing atmosphere where guests and fans will have the opportunity to charge their wireless phones, get hands-on experience with new Nokia products and services, download mobile content like games, videos and ring tones and enter promotions among other activities. In addition, Studio Red, a division of Rockwell Group, have created a three dimensional connection between great entertainment and the Nokia Mobile experience with the Nokia Lounge, Vision Wall and equalizer.
The Nokia Theatre Times Square is a further expansion of the existing relationship between Nokia and AEG. The partnership already encompasses Nokia Theatre Los Angeles, a recently announced 7,000-seat theater in an AEG -developed sports & entertainment district in downtown Los Angeles, Club Nokia a 2,500 concert venue, also in the district and Nokia Theatre at Grand Prairie (Texas), a 6,000 seat theatre.
Nokia Comes To Broadway
August 03, 2005, 12:00 PM ET
Nokia Theatre Times Square To Open In Sept.
By Ray Waddell, Nashville
The 2,100-capacity Nokia Theatre Times Square, AEG’s newest concert venue, will open in September. Tickets for many shows are already set to go on sale Aug. 12.
The venue is being developed and operated by AEG subsidiary AEG Live, who spent nearly $21 million renovating the old Loews Theatre at 1515 Broadway in Times Square.
The debut lineup includes Social Distortion (Oct. 1-5), Nickel Creek (Oct. 7), Steve Winwood (Oct. 10), Danzig (Oct. 17), Norm MacDonald (Oct. 20), Les Claypool (Oct. 21), Rusted Root (Oct. 22), Slipknot (Oct. 30-Nov. 1), Hanson (Nov. 2), Switchfoot (Nov. 3), Simple Plan (Nov. 8-9), Bauhaus (Nov. 11-12), Pat Green/Dierks Bentley/Cross Canadian Ragweed (Nov. 14), Coheed and Cambria (Nov. 16-17), Guster (Nov. 18-19), the Meters (Nov. 25), Donovan (Dec. 1), Rick Springfield (Dec. 2), and Brad Paisley with Sara Evans and Sugarland (Dec. 7).
In an earlier interview, AEG CEO Tim Leiweke told Billboard.biz building such theaters was a high priority “simply because if you look at the music business, there aren’t a lot of new artists that can fill up an arena. Realistically, some of the best music today is [by] people like Norah Jones or Alicia Keys that are more suited for the intimacy of a 6,000- to 7,000-seat theater. So we are clearly focused on trying to build these, and that’s going to continue to be a high priority for our company.”
Designer David Rockwell and the Rockwell Group are the architects and designers of Nokia Theatre Times Square. The auditorium will feature two VIP mezzanines with lounge seating, a state of the art in-house lighting system and an in-house sound system by JBL. Backstage there will be luxury dressing room suites with full bathrooms including showers, flat-screen TV’s and wireless Internet capabilities for band and crew. There will also be a green room that will be able to seat 30 band, crew and VIP’s, a warming pantry that will tailor to the artists specific catering and cooking needs.
The Nokia Theatre Times Square marquee is an 85 foot long LED, high definition screen, capable of displaying both live and digital video. It is one of the largest marquees on Broadway, directly connected to the MTV marquee and is manufactured by Mitsubishi. It will have interactive text messaging capabilities with the fans and live events will be able to be broadcast live from the stage directly to the marquee in real time.
Distributed throughout the venue will be five media panels that will terminate at the marquee, allowing electronic media outlets to plug directly into the marquee to access live footage from inside the theatre. The theatre is also wired directly to the MTV studios.
The Nokia Theatre Times Square is a further expansion of the existing relationship between Nokia and AEG. The partnership already encompasses Nokia Theatre Los Angeles, a recently announced 7,000-seat theater in an AEG -developed sports & entertainment district in downtown Los Angeles, Club Nokia a 2,500 concert venue, also in the district on downtown L.A., and Nokia Theatre at Grand Prairie (Texas), a 6,000 seat theatre.
Word has it that the Beverly Center Cinemas will be closing sometime within the next 6-12 months and replaced by a location of the Loehmann’s clothing store chain.
Reading/City Cinemas is again experimenting with double-running art house films at the Angelika and the Village East, with films opening first at the Angelika and later adding a run at the Village East, this time with ‘9 Songs’ and ‘March of the Penguins’. This type of booking arrangement was last done during a short time in the fall of ‘03; will it be temporary again or is this now a long-term change? Time, I suppose, will tell…
From Lou Lumenick’s NY Post this past January 6th, primarily discussing the closure threat looming over the Cinema 1-2-3:
“Miramax honcho Harvey Weinstein said he will fight to keep the theaters open.
“‘I spent my formative years as a teenager haunting these movie theaters (the Beekman and the Cinema 1-2-3),” Weinstein told The Post from Paris, where he was attending the European premiere of 'The Aviator.’
“‘I used to take the train from my home in Flushing when movies like 'Raging Bull,’ ‘Rocky,’ and ‘Midnight Cowboy’ would open exclusively at the Cinema 1.'
“Weinstein vowed to do ‘whatever I have to do, including financially’ to save the endangered theaters.”
So… what exactly happened, Harvey to your vow to do “whatever I have to do, including financially” to save, for immediate starters, the Beekman? Sure, you’ve been occupied with negotiating the terms of your and your brother Bob’s divorce from Disney and laying the groundwork for your new film company, but the same was true in January, when the danger the Beekman was facing became public news. You’re one of the few New Yorkers who has the financial clout AND the name which could have ensured the Beekman being saved and your words at the time left little room for interpretation… so what’s the story, Harvey?
…and a tip of the hat to you, Phantom, for posting all those great photos of Bay Ridge theatres (accompanied by brief histories) on your blog, present – and, all too sadly – mostly past.
Thanks for posting your memories of the Jean Renoir, Ray; what was its exact street address?
One of the more recent positive developments in the LA/Pasadena art-house scene in recent years. Unfortunately, its opening served as the impetus for Laemmle to close two of its other Pasadena sites – the single-screen Colorado and Esquire theatres.
Probably the only reason ‘The Island’ is still showing at the Ziegfeld is a contractual obligation between Clearview and Dreamworks, obligating it to be shown for a certain number of weeks.
Speaking of ‘The Dukes of Hazzard’ cinematic re-do, can anyone explain to me why theatre owners in the NYC area gave this film the usual booking treatment (multiple screen runs at select venues, openings in every booking zone, etc)? Not to sound like a complete NYC, blue-state snob (O.K., I guess I AM being a complete NYC, blue-state snob), but where did they suppose the audience is in the area for this film? If there is an audience for this film, I’d think it would be in the red states (and hopefully the folks in the red states will prove me wrong on this and not go see it this weekend)…
What an insult that would be, if the North Folk Bank is preserved as the Beekman is demolished. There are, what, some 100-150 North Folk Bank branch locations, but only one Beekman (no matter the re-named New York One and Two across the street)…
Speaking of the New York/Beekman One and Two, newspaper display ads and movie clock listings are still referring to it by its old name. I wonder if Clearview is waiting for some sort of ‘grand opening’ before making the name change formal, despite the recently installed and unobscured new signage…
Call me a conspiracy theorist – if you did, you wouldn’t be the first – but methinks Memorial Sloan-Kettering established the closing date they did in order to negate any last-minute, miracle landmarking effort.
The website for the Nokia Theatre is up-and-running @ http://www.nokiatheatrenyc.com/; there isn’t much to look at as of now, save for one sketch prominently featuring the new marquee (which, in reality, is still largely covered by scaffolding), and another partial one of the auditorium.
At least we know what’s opening at the Plaza next Friday; unfortunately, that listing appeared in THIS Friday’s NY Post movie clock, which noted the Ewan McGregor-Scarlett Johansson flick ‘The Island’ as showing there today (and tonight) – bit of an error…
The Rockville Centre Cinema is commonly listed in the NY Post and Daily News movie clocks as the R.V.C. Twin.
A friend who works in downtown Boston told me he spotted on Wednesday afternoon an environmental services van within the LaGrange Street side of the demolition site, a sighting which might provide, in some terms, a possible reason for the halt/crawl in the work being done. He also mentioned that some demo work has been done on the northwest corner Washington Street portion of the building, a portion which, as the photo accompanying that misbegotten article from today’s Boston Herald discussed on the Modern Theatre page on this site, captured, is shrouded in protective netting.
That’s exactly what happened, Ron. I snagged a copy of today’s Boston Herald here in NYC this evening; the photo is a side-angle photo (from just south of LaGrange Street) of most of what remains of the Gaiety Theatre building, while the accompanying caption and article describes the Modern. To put it mildly, very, very sloppy reporting (and editing) on the Herald’s behalf.
Two interesting points: the article, as it is, isn’t credited to any specific writer and, I wonder as well, if the Herald will run a correction tomorrow…
There is, cinemafan131; here’s the story, as posted on this site, and the accompanying comment string – http://cinematreasures.org/news/13262_0_1_0_C
I seem to remember, too, the Northshore Cinema being mostly a move-over house in its later years, bespeaking what you made note of, dwodeyla.
The exterior – without, of course, the original marquee – appears today much as it did in the image Warren posted earlier this afternoon.
When the Cinema I, II, and III closed, where did most of its business go – to the Loews/eventual Hollywood Hits Theatres in Danvers?
I’d have to think this theatre isn’t long for the world after (or if) the Loews-AMC merger is approved.
Thanks for posting that article, Ron. I’d have to think the structural demolition of the Modern would be a bear to deal with for the workers carrying out the project, given the lack of free space along the exterior. It would be interesting to know how it’s being done.
It’s crushing to consider how an almost perfect theatre can effectively be turned to ruin in such a short amount of time. Thanks for posting that most recent set of photos, davebazooka, and for the previous ones you posted as well.
Janus Films is still alive and kicking, seemingly more as a vehicle to the DVD marketplace (perhaps most notably as a sister company to The Criterion Collection), but, at least on occasion and in some function or form, as a theatrical distributor (their most recent release, in conjunction with Rialto Films, being the re-release of the restored print of Louis Malle’s ‘Elevator to the Gallows’).
One place to turn for a photo of the modernized Astor auditorium, mlobel, is the 1997 edition of Nicholas Van Hoogstraten’s book, ‘Lost Broadway Theatres’. Several copies are available throughout the NYPL system (http://www.nypl.org); if you want to purchase one, I’d recommend checking any Shakespeare & Company, Barnes & Noble, or Borders location in the city (the Strand, which would normally be my personal first choice, only has in stock at the moment one copy of the 1991 edition, which I cannot attest contains the same photo as the 1997 edition).