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Nokia Theatre Times Square To Open In September

(CelebrityAccess MediaWire) —

Nokia Theatre Times Square, the new 2,100-capacity concert venue developed and operated by AEG LIVE, officially opens in September. Located at 1515 Broadway, onthe corner of Broadway and 44th Street in the Viacom/MTV building, it promises 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 1,500-2,100 depending on the event.

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 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.

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.

Nokia Theatre Times Square schedule:

October 1-2, 4-5 Social Distortion with MEST
And Bullets & Octane

October 6 Russell Watson

October 7 Nickel Creek

October 9 Chris Tomlin with Louie Giglio
& Matt Redman

October 10 Steve Winwood

October 11 Olivia Newton-John

October 14 Keller Williams

October 15 STS9 (Sound Tribe Sector Nine)

October 17 Danzig with The Agony Scene,
Mortiis, Himsa, Behemoth
& Chimaria

October 20 Norm MacDonald

October 21 Les Claypool

October 22 Rusted Root with
Jazz Mandolin Project

October 26 Zakk Wylde's Black Label

October 28-29 Mike Epps with Charlie Murphy

October 30-31, November 1 Slipknot

November 2 Hanson

November 3 Switchfoot

November 8-9 Simple Plan

November 11-12 Bauhaus

November 14 Pat Green with Dierks Bentley
And Cross Canadian Ragweed

November 16-17 Coheed and Cambria

November 18-19 Guster

November 15 The Meters

December 1 Donovan –
The Hurdy Gurdy Tour –
40th Anniversary

December 2 Rick Springfield

December 7 Brad Paisley with Sara Evans and

–Bob Grossweiner and Jane Cohen