I was with a group attending a 1 1/2 day conference and found various pros & cons for this venue for conferences.
-Mail floor seating was on a slope so we could see over the heads of the people in front of us.
-The lighting, sound, and video were excellent quality.
-Theater seats were large to easily accommodate adults of all sizes.
-Restrooms had numerous stalls.
-There were plenty of pleasant people working at the theater so buying refreshments was quick and there was always someone close by to ask questions of when needed.
-Concessions were limited to things like hot dogs (no hamburgers), popcorn, candy, bottled soda & water ($4 each for waters!). There was, however, a Caesar salad available, which I very much enjoyed.
-Entrance to the theater was s l o w. Attendees must enter one of the many doors one at a time so they can have bags checked, hand over anything metal in pockets, and walk through a metal detector. If you made the metal detector beep, everyone behind you had to stop while someone used a wand to screen you further. -Outside food & beverages were not allowed, which was frustrating because of the junky food they served inside.
-On the first evening of the conference we were not allowed to re-enter after leaving. This was not well-communicated as evidenced by people standing outside the theater looking for the rest of their party, thinking they could go back inside to look for them, but not being allowed.
-The flow of people traffic coming from the orchestra level seats to the restrooms, around the merchandising table, to the exits was a nightmare. The lobby simply wasn't spacious enough to accommodate the numerous breaks where people moved about.
The bottom line is that the inside of the Nokia Theater is top-notch. Seats are spacious, row numbers are lit up in the dark, ushers abound and are helpful. However, as a conference location, I think it is lacking much.
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