Nokia Theatre at Downtown’s L.A. Live Is Rebranded Microsoft Theater

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The new sign at the re-branded Microsoft Theater is installed on June 7, 2015, in downtown Los Angeles. (Credit: Juan Ocampo/NokiaTheatre/Bernstein Associates)

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Say goodbye to an old titan of ’90s electronics sponsoring a downtown L.A. music venue, and say hello to the new one.

The Nokia Theatre, part of downtown’s popular (if a bit Potemkin) L.A. Live complex, has been rechristened as the Microsoft Theater.

Go ahead, make jokes about the upcoming AOL Dial-Up 20 Free Hours Trial Disc Theatre. But the rebrand will be a notable change for the 7,100-seat venue, which, though unloved, has been part of the revitalization of regular major live music in downtown Los Angeles.

Since the theater opened in 2007, more than 3.5 million fans have attended over 700 events at the venue. The first concert under the new era will be a set from the Indian composer A.R. Rahman on Wednesday.

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