Palms Casino unveils theatre plans

17th Nov 2006

The Palms Casino Resort has unveiled plans for a multi-million
dollar, state-of-the-art concert theatre. Aptly named The Pearl,
the one-of-a-kind venue currently under construction is expected to be the
most fantastic concert venue of its size in the country, if not the world.

  No stone was left unturned as the development team carefully crafted
each aspect of the concert theater to make certain everyone from
production, the artists themselves and the band members, to the audience
and employees working the venue, had all the tools needed to experience a
live music event unlike any other.
  The intimate venue is designed to be a true modern marvel of technology
and innovation beginning with seating design. The Pearl comfortably tucks
into its intimate setting all of the high-end amenities you would find in
larger venues. With special scalable curtains, The Pearl’s capacity can
easily adjust to accommodate from 1,100 to 2,400 guests. In addition, the
floor will allow for seated concert viewing or general admission standing
room audiences. With no seating obstructions, the farthest seat from the
stage will be a mere 120 feet away, allowing performers to personally
connect with the entire audience. Two 14-foot by 16-foot video screens will
be located on each side of the stage for close up looks at the on-stage
action with additional plasma screens located throughout the concourse
  The Pearl has three levels of seating with beverage stations and
restroom facilities located on each level. The state-of-the-art venue
features 18 private and semi-private sky boxes with exclusive bars and
restrooms and many including personal lounges, ensuring the ultimate in
luxury concert viewing.
  One of the most amazing factors of The Pearl comes in the form of
design relevance to other amenities at The Palms. The new concert facility
will be hard wired to The Studio at The Palms, allowing artists to create a
cost-effective live album with efficiency and without additional venue
set-up. The Killers, Elton John, Celine Dion and Timbaland are among some
of the esteemed artists already comfortable recording in The Studio at The
Palms. The Pearl will become the place for artists to record live albums,
allowing the Las Vegas community to be a part of the action. Additionally
the facility is designed to host live television programs, sporting events
and award shows.
  “At The Palms we continue to challenge ourselves in order to provide
incredible experiences for all of our customers. The timing of The Pearl is
right in line with the movement of The Palms—we are able to reflect upon
the amazing things that happened over the past five years and expand on the
great venues before us to develop something extremely unique and exciting,”
said owner George Maloof.
  Technically, The Pearl will be a true state-of-the-art facility
possessing complete lighting and video systems, and high-tech sound systems
designed by SIA Acoustics, creating quality sound for each performance.
Concert ticket holders will feel the power from 60 JBL Vertec series
loudspeakers pumping sound throughout the venue.
  For production quality, Digidesign Venue series digital mixing consoles
allow for complete flexibility when dealing with multiple artists,
featuring 96 channel capacity, scene recall and automation. Complete
lighting systems will include ETC Dimming, ETC conventional fixtures and
Reel EFX Hazers—all controlled by a grand MA lighting desk. The lighting
system is by PRG and the theatrical lighting design is by concert
extraordinaire Michael Keller who has set the stage for artists including
Aerosmith, Michael Jackson and Ozzy Osbourne along with many others.
  Back of house amenities are just as impressive as the venue itself,
featuring four dressing rooms; Wi-Fi technology throughout the backstage
area; a green room; production offices; pre- and post-show event facilities
perfect for parties, artist meet and greets and other special activities;
private access to an outside entry, as well as entrance ways from The
Studio at The Palms and the Fantasy Tower. Backstage boasts a separate
disconnect for satellite and television production trucks as well as a two
truck loading dock for easy movement of equipment.


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