Yaamava’ Resort & Casino opened its new 2,500-seat entertainment theater with a full house and a performance by Rock and Roll Hall of Famers, the Red Hot Chili Peppers.
The private concert for VIP guests was the first event at the Yaamava Theater, commemorating the latest installment of the property’s $760 million expansion that began in 2018.
The theater has four levels and can accommodate up to 3,000 guests when seats are fully retracted on the first level and 2,500 with reserved seating. It includes nine VIP suites on its second level that can accommodate 10 to 22 guests. Each suite has a dedicated VIP server and includes amenities such as food and bottle service and access to a private bathroom.
The casino previously held live shows at its bingo hall on Thursdays before it was converted into ownership Rockin’ Casino gaming areawhich opened in 2017. The bingo hall used to be a single-storey hall that could accommodate 4,000 guests, but was not built for live entertainment.
“The difference with this theater is that it was designed with quality live performances in mind,” said Peter Arceo, General Manager of Yaamava’ Resort & Casino. “When guests see these artists in this space, they’ll want to see it here rather than anywhere else.”
Vice President of Entertainment at Yaamava’ Resort & Casino Drew Dixon said the San Manuel Tribe felt the Red Hot Chili Peppers were the perfect act to perform in theater first. The Grammy-winning band, which recently earned a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, performed hits such as ‘Californication,’ ‘Give It Away,’ and ‘Otherside,’ which had fans singing their hearts out. .
Dixon said guests can expect to see more top musical acts, comedians and multicultural programs featuring Latin and Asian performers.
“We really want to provide an environment where when you come to this place, you feel part of this community and have the closeness to the people you came to meet,” Dixon said.
James Salazar of San Bernardino did not attend the show but said if one of his favorite artists was booked he would buy tickets due to the proximity to his home.
“All the concerts I go to are in LA, and sometimes the car ride is a hassle,” Salazar said.
The resort, previously known as San Manuel Casino before changing its name to Yaamava’ Resort & Casino, first began its expansion by enhancing its dining experience with restaurants such as Serrano Vista Café and The Pines Modern Steakhouse. In December, the casino opened its 17-story hotel tower, marking its transition from casino to resort. Yaamava’ Resort & Casino announced in March that it was nearing its final stage in its theater expansion.
“We are very excited,” Arceo said. “The tribe has invested many resources to create a new experience for our customers, and that was the plan from the start. This is the last piece to that.
The casino joins other Southern California casinos that offer entertainment venues. The Pechanga Theater at the Pechanga Resort Casino in Temecula seats 1,200 and 3,100 at its secondary venue for large events, the Pechanga Summit. The event center at Pala Casino Spa & Resort in North San Diego County seats 2,000 and seats 2,251 in its outdoor venue, the Starlight Theater. The Agua Caliente Resort Casino Spa’s theater, The Show, seats 2,001 people. The Event Center at Harrah’s Resort Southern California in Funner and the Spotlight Showroom at Spotlight 29 in Coachella can both accommodate 2,200 people. The entertainment room at Morongo Casino Resort & Spa can accommodate 2,557 people. Fantasy Springs in Indio’s Special Events Center can accommodate 3,700 people.