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The venue was originally built as the Loews Astor Plaza Theatre, a movie theater operated by Loews Theatres, which opened in 1974 and closed in August 2004.[3] The space was leased by the Anschutz Entertainment Group (AEG), who converted it to a live-event venue at an estimated total cost of $21 million.[4]




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The venue seats 2,100 and features an 85-foot-long (26 m) LED high-definition screen that is one of the largest marquees on Broadway. The venue is also capable of presenting live footage from the stage or anywhere else in the theater. The theater's marquee sign was directly connected to MTV Studios and allowed for live footage from there to be displayed as well.[2][7]


The building also includes two private mezzanines, several dressing rooms, and a green room for up to 30 people.[4] The theater hosts concerts, event parties, live television, web broadcasts, and award shows,[2] including the Heisman Trophy ceremony, which took place at the theater from 2005 to 2019.


First known as the Loews Astor Plaza movie theater from 1974 to 2004, the movie theater was transformed in a $21 million renovation designed by architect David Rockwell. The venue reopened in September 2005 as Nokia Theater Times Square and has since been known as Best Buy Theater and PlayStation Theater.


The special intimate performance at Best Buy Theater will see Linkin Park performing material from the new album for the first time in public along with some of their best-known previous material, promising to be a near-impossible ticket to be had. This will be Linkin Park's only public performance in the US in 2010. The band begins its worldwide arena tour in October, with North American dates expected in early 2011.


Presale for current LPU members (official Linkin Park fan club / www.linkinpark/lpu) as well as fans that pre-order LPUX by August 22nd will be able to purchase tickets first, beginning at 10:00am EST on August 23rd. Non-members that pre-order A Thousand Suns via the (www.linkinpark.com) online store by August 22nd, will also be invited to a presale the same day beginning at 3:00pm. The Best Buy exclusive version of the album including "The Catalyst" featuring NoBrain chosen by Linkin Park and MySpace music can also be pre-ordered on (www.bestbuy.com).


Located at 1515 Broadway (at 44th Street) in world famous Times Square, Best Buy Theater has hosted a variety of performers since its grand opening on September 19, 2005 as Nokia Theatre Times Square. Artists that have played at the venue include Bon Jovi, John Legend, Rihanna, Fall Out Boy, Jay-Z, Sugarland, Prince, The Eagles, Alicia Keys, Sharon Jones & Dap Kings, and Phil Lesh & Friends who had an historic 14-night run in 2008. The 45,000-square foot theater has also hosted special events such as Dick Clark's Rockin' New Year's Eve, Good Morning America concert series performances by Janet Jackson and Usher, Bruce Springsteen's Gateway Schools Benefit, ESPN and Nickelodeon upfronts in addition to being the home of the annual Heisman Trophy presentation since 2005.


As part of the Sony takeover, the theater's is getting a makeover with PlayStation branding across its interior and exterior. This includes the theater's famous Times Square marquee. Sony also said it will stream some concerts live on PlayStation Network in the future.


The 45,000-square foot, 2,150-capacity theater--which has hosted concerts from artists like Bon Jovi, Rihanna, and Jay-Z--celebrates its 10th anniversary this year. You can see the PlayStation Theater's fall concert schedule here.


The Best Buy Theater in New York City's Times Square is now the PlayStation Theater, Sony Computer Entertainment and AEG Live announced today. The 2,150 seat theater originally opened in 2005 as the Nokia Theatre Times Square.


Sony's partnership with the theater brings PlayStation branding to the venue's interior and exterior and will include "live performances on PlayStation Network, experiential marketing initiatives and VIP hospitality opportunities."


Incidentally, Microsoft held its Xbox One launch event at the same theater, when it was named the Best Buy Theater, in 2013. Microsoft has its own theater in Los Angeles; the company took over the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live in 2015.


The coming closure was announced by Variety back in August, noting that the venue's awkward location and the opening of Sony Hall just a few blocks away, might have had something to do with the theater shutting down.


The often-renamed theater was not the first entertainment venue to inhabit the corner of Broadway and 44th Street - from 1974 until 2004, the place was a massive single-screen movie theater called Astor Plaza Theatre. It treated crowds of up to 1,440 movie-goers to major films over the course of 30 years, including Star Wars, Superman, and The Matrix.


The stores will feature a Magnolia Home Theater store, a section of Best Buy that sells high-end video and audio products and custom home-theater installation services. Best Buy purchased Magnolia Hi-Fi, a high-end home-theater chain, in 2001. 041b061a72


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