Checking In On the Park Theater At, Y’Know, The Park

Leave it to the T-Mobile Arena to steal all the thunder at The Park, a new restaurant and entertainment district in the middle of the Las Vegas Strip.

Right next door, though, is another Las Vegas entertainment venue in the making. Specifically, the 5,000-seat Park Theater. Here’s a look at how she’s coming along. (No, our photo isn’t pixelated. The roof just looks like that.)

Park Theater Las Vegas

MGM Resorts has said it’s spending $100 million on the Park Theater. For that price, those 5,000 seats had better give shiatsu massages.

We were the first to drop the news that the Park Theater was happening, so we’ve formed an emotional attachment to this addition to Monte Carlo, the Las Vegas hotel which will soon become Park MGM.

Here’s another look, from the patio at Sake Rok, just across the way in The Park.

Park Theater Las Vegas

The hope is the Park Theater will give some competition to venues like the Colosseum at Caesars Palace and Axis Theater at Planet Hollywood.

The Park Theater is still under construction, even as the T-Mobile Arena and restaurants in The Park have opened, because it was a little late to the party. Initially, the north side of the Park promenade was going to feature retail outlets. A theater is so much more interesting!

More construction porn on the way.

Park Theater at Monte Carlo

It’s like catching a celebrity without makeup.

A fascinating aspect of the Park Theater is it was originally supposed to face the opposite direction, or into the Monte Carlo hotel.

Joyen Vakil, Senior Vice President of Design & Development for MGM Resorts International, told us that during the design phase of the theater (an expansion to the existing Blue Man Group theater, they’re now at Luxor), he realized the theater needed to be flipped around to be integrated into The Park.

Vakil says, “One of the initial plans was to bring in people from the Monte Carlo side and the stage of the theater was facing The Park. We would have had a wall facing The Park. When I was looking at the drawing one day, I said, ‘What if we rotate the theater?’ We turned the whole theater around so we could bring in people from The Park side, to make The Park ‘talk’ to the theater, and the theater could look out at this beautiful arena and park we have created.”

Vakil makes it sound easy, but it was quite the design and engineering undertaking. From what we can tell, the creativity and hefty investment are paying off.

Park Theater construction

There are so many changes happening mid-Strip, the mind throbs. Usually it would reel, but it’s Las Vegas.

It’s expected the Park Theater will be completed in late 2016. We hope to see you there! Preferably at the bar. Your treat.

We blog, you treat, that’s just how it works.

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  • Bouldersteve

    The Park Theater should be great for live music.5000 seats is a good capacity for acoustics. It should help the restaurants at the Park. I was there yesterday and it was dead. I’m sure the heat did not help.

    • Alex

      As I understand it, the theatre will have dynamic seating options. So, they will be able to configure the space for less than 5,300 seats, too. In theory, if an event doesn’t sell as well as anticipated, they can reconfigure the theatre so it doesn’t feel like a ghost town.
      Hopefully, the acoustics won’t be compromised in that situation.

  • FYMYAWF

    Jeez, MGM is throwing these things up in a hurry. I was just there in May and the theater was bare steel columns. By the time I’m back in late August looks like the outer shell will be finished. The march of progress.

    Agreed w/Bouldersteve on the deadness of the Park to this point. The new theater will obviously help, but they need more tenants, bars restos and retail to create any buzz. The Linq it ain’t, yet.

    • The Park is a tough sell in the heat of summer. They’re trying, but it was all tumble weeds a few nights ago.

  • Mako10

    Havent been to vegas since the fall. Can we get an update on whats going on at the Harmon Hotel space? Last time i was there they had the foundation set and were starting to put something up.

    • I don’t think there’s anything there, but will have to check in again.

  • Photoncounter

    Sorry, won’t see you there. I refuse to pay for parking.

    My one visit to The Park before they started robbing people for parking left me unimpressed. The Strip is way too much hassle.

    Nice report, though!

    • Bouldersteve

      I parked at the Tropicana. Its the only hotel on that Strip/Tropicana corner that still has free parking

      • Let’s see how long they hold out! (I believe Trop charges on event nights.)

    • Thanks!

  • Misslaydj

    im lost. is this a new venue right next to the t mobile arena?

    • It’s along that stretch of The Park, but attached to Monte Carlo.