Take Two for July 31, 2013

The Forum in Inglewood to get $70 million facelift

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The exterior of The Forum will be restored to its original "California sunset red" color instead of blue.

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John Carr, left, vice president of project management for Madison Square Garden, shows plans for the Forum Club area, one of two exclusive spaces for VIPs.

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Almost 50 years after its construction in 1967, The Forum in Inglewood is being renovated by the Madison Square Garden Company.

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The view of the Forum while under construction from the stands, where the old seats have been removed.

Forum Rendering

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Rendering of the terrace.

The Forum in Inglewood was once home to the Lakers and the Kings from 1967 until 1999, when the teams moved to the Staples Center. In its heyday, the Forum also played host to some of rock n' roll's biggest acts, including Elvis Presley, Led Zeppelin and Nirvana.

But that was decades ago, and the indoor arena has been in decline since. Now the venue's new owner have plans to revitalize it with a $70 million facelift.

For more on this, we're joined now by Randy Lewis, reporter and music critic with the LA Times.  

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