Live Nation To Exclusively Book California's Historic Majestic Ventura Theatre
Live Nation Clubs & Theatres division owns, operates and books landmark clubs and theatres throughout the United States, including The Wiltern Theatre in Los Angeles and The Tabernacle in Atlanta as well as the House of Blues and Fillmore venues. The company promotes more than 15,000 shows in over 125 venues nationwide including properties in New York, Denver, Chicago, Houston, Dallas, Orlando, San Antonio and now in Ventura.
"Ventura and The Majestic Ventura Theater were the next logical move for us in SoCal. It is a vibrant music market with a population base that we think is underserved at the club and theatre level." said Ben Weeden, COO of Live Nation Clubs & Theatre division. "The Theater's team has done a great job with a beloved venue and we're excited to be working them to help grow that property's remarkable history.
"Live Nation brings the equity and experience to continue transforming the Majestic Ventura Theater into a national live music and special event venue," said Robert Antonini, Owner. "This agreement with Live Nation will enhance concert-goers musical entertainment choices at the Majestic, while growing Ventura as a competitive music market by attracting shows that would normally bypass Ventura.
Built in 1927, the 1200-capacity Theatre was the only luxury theatre built in Ventura County in the 1920's in the "style of the great movie palaces." The lavish, elegant interior of gilt and opulence was favored by architects of motion picture theaters during that period. In 1927 Ventura was a bustling oil boom town when the grand opening featured an organ solo, the latest news, Our Gang Comedy and a vaudeville act.
"We've come a long way from organ solos," said Weeden. "Bringing great musical performers to markets we enter is something we work very hard at. The Majestic is an amazing venue with an extraordinary history. Its future is going to be even brighter."