The Pearl at the Palms Casino and Resort

Las Vegas, Nevada

We designed the rock concert venue as part of a $600-million casino/hotel expansion in Las Vegas. It features two primary components: a 2,500-seat concert theater and an 11,000 sf ballroom accommodating 800 people. Designed primarily for rock n’ roll performances, the theater space features state-of-the-art audio and visual capabilities for hosting live television broadcast of events. The theater sound system connects directly to an 8,000 sf recording studio located in the adjacent hotel tower, creating an environment not found elsewhere in the U.S. in which recording artists can utilize both a recording studio and a live event theater to make an album. Envisioned uses for the theater include boxing matches, fashion shows, car shows, and other events.
The theater boasts a unique, lyrically shaped design that combines a flat floor area with stackable seats surrounded by a large parterre, large balcony, side boxes, and VIP suites. The flat floor provides flexibility, serving uses as diverse as a “mosh pit” accommodating up to 900 people standing, or an elegant sit-down banquet. The theater can also become a more intimate space by closing off seating through use of a delicate hanging serim system.

Project Data

117,876 sf

Program & Highlights

2,500-seat multipurpose hall
Modular ballroom accommodating 800 people
Audio & visual capabilities to host live television broadcasts
Designed for a rock concert venue


Associate Architect: KGA Architecture Studios
Construction Manager/General Contractor: M. J. Dean Construction, Inc.
Civil & Structural Engineers: Lochsa Engineering and Surveying
Architectural Lighting: Kaplan Gehring McCarroll Architectural Lighting
MEP: JBA Consulting Engineers
Theater Consultant: Auerbach Pollock Friedlander
Theatre Acoustics & AV: SIA Acoustics
Theatrical Lighting & A/V: Kelly Technologies, Inc.

“It’s the perfect atmosphere. The sound quality is phenomenal, sight lines are perfect, it’s very intimate—you can connect right with the artist and it’s just a spectacular experience—there’s nothing like it. I’ve been to concerts around the world and it’s just great. The great thing about it is that people feel the same way about it. I can sit and brag about it, but the venue really speaks for itself.”
– George Maloof, owner of Palms Casino Resort


2008 Live Design Excellence Awards, Theatre/Performance Venue Award
Pamela Mosher, “Theater, music and dance in new settings,” NYT, April 2008
“The Pearl and PACE: Peiffer Partners’ theatre design continues to evolve,” Auditoria, June 2007
“The Best Place to Worship Your Favorite Band, Essential Las Vegas,” Blender, May 2007
John McKeon, “A Place Where Artists, Audiences ‘Want to Be’,” ProAV, April 2007
Jarret Keene, “The Pearly Gates,” City Life, Las Vegas, April 5, 2007