One of the most talked about nightclubs in Los Angeles is about to be renovated as part of a new real estate project.
The Viper Room – established in 1993 on the Sunset Strip near West Hollywood and originally co-owned by Johnny Depp – will be “reimagined” as part of a mixed-use residential building that will include condos, a boutique hotel and a new concert hall at 8850 Sunset Boulevard, a website for the project announced Wednesday.
The new version of the space, which promises to “preserve a local legend for generations to come,” will include a memorabilia display space to “showcase the Strip’s rich history.”
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The concert area on the ground floor will be transformed into a state-of-the-art music space, featuring modern soundproofing, a larger stage, superior acoustic and sound equipment and a state-of-the-art recording studio .
“Memories of the original Viper [Room] will be featured throughout the venue,” the announcement added.
Other features of the future 12-story property include a rooftop restaurant and bar, cafes and retail space.
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Construction of the new building, designed by architectural firm Arquitectonica, will begin next year, reports Deadline.
“We are thrilled to present this distinguished mixed-use project that combines an unparalleled level of luxury and attention to detail with a historic location on the iconic Sunset Strip,” said Charles Essig, General Manager of Silver Creek Development, which co-owns the property, per outlet.
“The project is a complementary offering to the Strip and will include a five-star luxury hotel to make 8850 Sunset a premier destination in the heart of West Hollywood,” he continued.
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The original Viper Room, located at 8852 Sunset Boulevard, has hosted popular bands over the years, including Johnny Cash, Tom Petty, Hole, Elvis Costello, Lenny Kravitz, Pearl Jam, Weezer, Maroon 5, Iggy Pop, and Sheryl Crow, according to the venue’s website.
Also notable is the site where River Phoenix collapsed and died of a drug overdose in October 1993 at the age of 23.
The original venue was designed in the fashion of the great Harlem jazz clubs of the 1920s, according to its website.