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Los Angeles Convention Center
LA Conference Centre E3 2005.jpg
The Los Angeles Convention Center during E3
Address 1201 South Figueroa St. Los Angeles, CA
Coordinates 34°02′23″N 118°16′13″W / 34.039737°N 118.270293°W / 34.039737; -118.270293Coordinates: 34°02′23″N 118°16′13″W / 34.039737°N 118.270293°W / 34.039737; -118.270293
Built 1969
Opened 1971
Location Los Angeles, CA
Expanded 1993
1997
Enclosed space
 Total space 720,000 sq ft (67,000 m2)
Website Los Angeles Convention Center

The Los Angeles Convention Center (abbreviated LACC) is a convention center in the southwest portion of downtown Los Angeles. The LACC hosts annual events such as the Greater Los Angeles Auto Show, and is best known to video games fans as host to E3. The LACC also gained notoriety for hosting Celebration IV. Its newest major events were Erotica-LA (June 7–9, 2008), Anime Expo, (July 2 – 5, 2009), where more than 44,000 fans attended in 2009[1], and the Governors' Ball following the Primetime Emmys beginning in September 2008.[2]

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History

Los Angeles Convention Center Annex, South Hall entrance at Pico and Figuera

The Convention Center, designed by architect Charles Luckman, opened in 1971 and expanded in 1993 and 1997. It was originally built as a rectangle building, between Pico Boulevard and 11th Street (now Chick Hearn Ct.) on Figueroa Street. The northeast portion of the Center was demolished in 1997 to make way for the Staples Center. The Convention Center Annex of green glass and white steel frames, mainly on the south side of Pico, was designed by architect James Ingo Freed.[3]

The area in front of the Convention Center is known as the Gilbert Lindsay Plaza, named for the late councilman who represented the Downtown area of Los Angeles for a long time. A 10-foot-high monument honoring "The Emperor of the Great 9th District" was unveiled in 1995.[4] The drive between Figueroa Street and the Convention Center building is also named after Councilman Lindsay.

On March 1, 1983, a tornado caused damages to the roof and upper-level panels. The building was repaired and new Convention Center lettering signs were installed at a total cost of $3 million.[5]

Features

The LACC is one of the largest convention centers in the United States with over 720,000 sq ft (67,000 m2) of exhibition space, 147,000 sq ft (13,700 m2) of meeting space, and a 299 seat theater[6].

The lobby floors in the north half of the building feature two large (140,000 sq ft. total) multicolor maps of inlaid terrazzo. The project was installed by artist Alexis Smith in 1993. A map of the world centered on the Pacific Rim covers the entire floor of the main lobby, while a map of the constellations around the north celestial pole covers the floor of the upstairs lobby.

  • South Hall (Tom Bradley (Mayor) Exhibit Hall, 347,000 square feet)[7]
  • Kentia Hall (beneath South Exhibit Hall, can be converted into a 415-car parking garage)
  • West Hall (Sam Yorty (Mayor) Exhibit Hall, 210,000 square feet)
  • Petree Hall
  • Concourse (two-story meeting room bridging over Pico Boulevard)
  • 3 food courts
  • On-site parking for 5,600 vehicles including electrical charge stations

Events

Popular culture

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Movies

Video games

  • SWAT 3: Close Quarters Battle
  • Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas

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