The Microsoft Theater is a music and theater venue in downtown Los Angeles, California, at L.A. Live. The theater auditorium seats 7,100 and holds one of the largest indoor stages in the United States. As part of the new naming rights deal, the L.A. Live plaza was also renamed Microsoft Square, and Microsoft provided upgrades to the venue’s technology.
The theatre was designed by ELS Architecture and Urban Design of Berkeley, California on a commission by the Anschutz Entertainment Group in 2002. It opened on October 18, 2007 with six concerts featuring The Eagles and The Dixie Chicks. On June 7, 2015, the Nokia Theatre was re-branded as Microsoft Theater as part of a new naming rights deal with AEG Live following Microsoft’s acquisition of Nokia’s mobile device business in 2014.
Primetime Emmy Awards
Since 2008, the Microsoft Theater has been the venue of the annual Primetime Emmy Awards ceremony after that show moved here from the Shrine Auditorium, except 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Awards, which take place a week before the Primetime Emmy Awards, are also held at the Microsoft Theater. Following the Emmy Awards telecast, the Governors Ball is held across the street at the Los Angeles Convention Center. The Emmys will continue to be held at the Microsoft Theater through.
In 2008 and 2011, the venue hosted The Grammy Nominations Live, a concert announcing the nominees for the Grammy Awards. The Grammy Awards take place annually across the street at the Staples Center, but the Premier Ceremony is held at the Microsoft Theater. Approximately 70 Grammy categories are awarded at the Premier ceremony which takes place prior to the main telecast which is televised, is held at the Microsoft Theater.
American Music Awards
Since 2007, the annual American Music Awards have been held here after moving from the Shrine Auditorium.
Since 2008 the ESPY Awards, honoring outstanding athletic achievement, have been held at this venue.
The Game Awards
Since 2015, the Microsoft Theater has hosted The Game Awards, presented by Geoff Keighley.
People’s Choice Awards
The venue has also hosted the annual People’s Choice Awards from 2010 to 2017.
The annual BET Awards have been held at the venue since 2013.
MTV Video Music Awards
The Microsoft Theater hosted the MTV Video Music Awards in 2010, 2011, and 2015.
Radio Disney Music Awards
The venue has hosted the Radio Disney Music Awards.
MTV Movie Awards
The Microsoft Theater hosted the MTV Movie Awards in 2014 and 2015.
The Microsoft Theater has also served as a sports venue. It has hosted boxing matches and will also serve as a venue during the 2028 Olympics.
The venue has hosted professional boxing matches for circuits such as Golden Boy Promotions and Premier Boxing Champions.
2028 Summer Olympics
The Microsoft Theater will host weightlifting at the 2028 Summer Olympics.