Since opening in 2007, the 7,000-seat Nokia Theatre, located in the heart of Downtown's bustling L.A. Live district, has quickly established itself as one of Los Angeles's premier entertainment venues. Artists as iconic as Aretha Franklin and The Eagles have performed there, while major awards shows like the Primetime Emmys, ESPY Awards, and American Music Awards have all been televised live from its stage. The theatre has even hosted the American Idol final since 2008. So if you plan on going there for a concert or awards show anytime soon, LA.com has got you covered. Here is your guide to Nokia Theatre.
Where is the Nokia Theatre located?
The Nokia Theatre is located at L.A. Live in Downtown Los Angeles. It's official address is 777 Chick Hearn Court, 90015.
How do I purchase tickets?
Tickets for all events can be purchased online by visiting Ticketmaster. You can also purchase tickets in advance by calling 800-745-3000, or by visiting the Nokia Theatre box office, located near the front of the venue. The box office is open on the day of the event for three hours prior to the event through intermission. On non-event days the box office is closed.
How do I get there by public transportation?
Getting to the Nokia Theatre is really easy if you plan on taking the bus or train. Those coming by train will want to get off at either the Pico Station, which is only a two minute walk from the theatre, or the 7th Street Metro Station, which is a seven minute walk. If you're taking the bus, Metro Bus lines 441, 442 and 81 all stop within walking distance from the Nokia Theatre. Use the Metro Trip Planner option to find the route that works best for you, or simply call 323-466-3876.Nokia Theatre's website for even more public transportation options.
How do I get there by car?
Those coming from West Hollywood or Hollywood can take the 101 South for four miles, then get off on Exit 3B. From there you'll want to take the 110 South for about a mile, before taking Exit 22B toward 9th Street. Make a left on Olympic Boulevard, then a right onto South Figueora. Make another right at Chick Hearn Ct. and the Nokia Theatre will be right there.
If you're coming from South Bay and the beach cities, take the 5 North for 34 miles. Merge onto the 10 West, which you'll want to take for two and a half miles, and then get off at Exit 13. Make a right on Pico Boulevard, then a left on South Figueroa Street. Make another left at Chick Hearn Ct. and you'll be in front of the Nokia Theatre.
Those traveling from Pasadena need to take the 110 South for about nine and a half miles. From there you'll want to take Exit 22B toward 9th Street. Make a left on Olympic Boulevard, then a right onto South Figueroa. Make another right at Chick Hearn Ct. and you'll be in front of the Nokia Theatre.
If you're coming from the San Fernando Valley, take the 101 South for 10 miles, then get off on Exit 3B. From there you'll want to take the 110 South for about a mile. Get off at Exit 22B toward 9th Street. Make a left on Olympic Boulevard, then a right onto South Figueroa. Make another right at Chick Hearn Ct. and you'll be in front of the Nokia Theatre.
Those coming from Orange County should take the 5 North to the 10 West, and then get off at Exit 13. Make a right on Pico Boulevard, then a left on South Figueroa Street. Make another left at Chick Hearn Ct. and you'll be in front of the Nokia Theatre.
What's the parking like if I drive?
There are several parking lots located around the Nokia Theatre, but your best bet is to park at the West Garage, given it's close proximity. It's located directly under L.A. Live and can be entered on Chick Hearn Ct. Depending on the event, all parking at the West Garage costs between $10 and $25. For a detailed map of all other parking lots located around the Nokia Theatre, visit www.nokiatheatrelalive.com/parking-directions/parking-lot-map.
What's the seating situation like?
The Nokia Theatre can hold up to 7000 people, and offers four sections of seating, including a pit, which is the closest to the stage, orchestra, loge, and mezzanine, which is located at the rear. The theatre offers flawless acoustics so no matter where you sit the sound will always be of the highest quality. As far as visuals go, the closer you are to the stage, obviously, the better your view of the action will be. However, the theatre does have two jumbo screens located on both sides of the stage. So even if you're sitting in the mezzanine section, you won't miss anything that's happening on stage.
What do they serve inside?
Unlike other venues in the area, the Nokia Theatre offers a "Lucky 7 at 7" special. Basically, anyone that arrives when the doors open at 7 p.m. (most concerts don't start until after 8 p.m.) can get beer, wine and well drinks for $7, as well as all food purchased at the bar for $7. Once the show starts, however, the prices return to normal. So it's best to stock up on food and drinks before the show, otherwise you're looking to spend about $20 for a beer and a hot dog.
Are there any good places to eat around there?
It seems like a new restaurant is popping up around L.A. Live every week, so no matter what type of food you're in the mood for, you shouldn't have a hard time finding it. For pizza you can't go wrong with Bottega Louie on 700 S. Grand. Seafood? Check out Sushi-Gen. It's right down the street from the Walt Disney Concert Hall, located at 422 East 2nd Street. But if a juicy steak is what you desire, than you can't go wrong with Nick & Stef's Steakhouse, located on 330 South Hope Street. And of course there's all the great restaurants located at L.A. Live, like Trader Vic's, Wolfgang Puck Bar & Grill, Fleming's Steakhouse, and Lawry's. For a detailed list of all the restaurants located at L.A. Live, visit www.lalive.com/eat.
Where can I learn more about the Nokia Theatre?
The Nokia Theatre has a very extensive website, which includes up-to-date info on all upcoming concerts and events. You can visit it at www.nokiatheatrelalive.com.