What attracts them are a host of reasons, everything from the theater’s layout to its acoustics to its history.
Regarding the latter, the Terrace was the site of legendary comedian Richard Pryor's seminal comedy film performance, “Richard Pryor: Live in Concert.” The first full-length feature film consisting of only stand-up comedy, the movie has been hailed as the “single greatest stand-up performance ever captured on film,” by no less than Eddie Murphy and is credited with helping to launch the stand-up boom of the 1980s.
Because of it, for many comedians, trodding on the same stage as Pryor is both an aspiration and an honor.
“There is definitely the Richard Pryor factor that plays into it,” said John Braun, Long Beach Convention & Entertainment Assistant General Manager. “Most of the comedians will mention the film at some point in their show.”
Of course, while comedy shows are most often associated with small, sometimes dingy clubs with low ceilings and exposed brick walls, the Terrace is a huge, 3,000-seat venue, bordered outside by a dazzling fountain featuring multiple water columns of ever-changing colors and a spectacular three-story glass lobby and suspended staircase. Things go completely Next Level during the holidays when the theater’s courtyard becomes a winter wonderland, complete with a 50-foot tree lit by more than 150,000 bulbs, while gargantuan ornaments large enough to pose in for pictures, are placed all around the courtyard.