Best known for hosting Britney Spears’ residency show (voted the best show in Las Vegas!), The Bakkt Theater (formerly known as the Zappos Theater and The AXIS) is an indoor music arena that is located at the Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino on the Las Vegas Strip.

It was originally opened on July 2, 1976 as part of the Aladdin Hotel, replacing the golf course, which was rarely used, and the venue’s first act was Neil Diamond, who was paid $750,000 for five sold out shows. The 1970s and 1980s saw many popular bands playing at the venue, with it becoming a mainstay of the Strip. In 1998, the venue closed while the original Aladdin Hotel was collapsed.

Bakkt Theater at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino

Everything you need to know about the Bakkt Theater

This place is no joke. It’s got one of the biggest stage openings in the whole U.S., amazing sound systems, and killer views. And if you’re feeling like getting the ultimate VIP experience, they’ve got special tables just for you where they bring you bottles of awesome drinks.

If you’re into music, you’re in luck. The Bakkt Theater is where it’s at. They bring in all the big shots from different music styles – rock, pop, jazz – you name it. And let’s not forget that this place has been rocking since 1976, when Neil Diamond sold out five shows during America’s 200th birthday bash. It’s even home to Britney Spears’ famous show “Piece of Me,” voted the best in Vegas!

The Famed History of the Bakkt Theater at Planet Hollywood

The Bakkt Theater was originally called Aladdin Theatre for the Performing Arts. It is a mid-sized auditorium located at Planet Hollywood Las Vegas on the Las Vegas Strip. It was built on the Aladdin Hotel and opened in 1976. It had a monumental opening with Neil Diamond playing 5 sold-out shows, and he was paid $750,000 to perform at this theater!

The theater became the hotel’s main revenue driver until it officially closed in 1998. It reopened in 2000 with Enrique Iglesias taking the stage with a 7,000 venue capacity. The venue continued on its success in hosting numerous events. It hosted the Miss Universe 1991, 1996, 2012, 2015 and 2017 pageants, several Miss USA pageants and several Miss America pageants.

It has been renamed several times, on June 28, 2012, the auditorium was renamed to the “PH Live at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino”. On December 19, 2013, the venue was renamed “The AXIS at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino”. The AXIS Theater was home to the biggest headlining concert residencies, including Justin Timberlake & Friends, Paris By Night and Britney: Piece of Me, Jennifer Lopez: All I Have, Backstreet Boys: Larger Than Life and Christina Aguilera: The Xperience. From 2018-2023, it was formerly called the Zappos Theater.

The theater was renamed the Bakkt Theater on March 24, 2023.

Owned by Ceasars Entertainment

The Bakkt Theater is under Caesars Entertainment, Inc. – a Reno, Nevada-based American hotel and casino entertainment corporation that runs over 50 facilities. Over the previous year, the venue has undergone multimillion-dollar changes, including newly rebuilt artist dressing rooms and facilities. There have also been visual improvements that will accompany the theater makeover.

Bakkt Theater has become a home for world-class entertainment, with state-of-the-art audio and technical capabilities and multiple seating configurations that allow artists to create the ambiance that best matches their show. Its one-of-a-kind blend of nightlife-inspired features, such as VIP table seating and bottle service, makes it one of the most exciting live entertainment venues.

The Bakkt Theater at Planet Hollywood is the Place to Be

It is one of the most impressive venues on the Las Vegas Strip, continuously pushing the hottest events and becoming home to millions of concertgoers. It has welcomed the biggest names in music into its roster from headliner residencies to tour stops of every music and comedy genre. Britney Spears held the city’s first pop music residency right at the Bakkt Theater (known as The AXIS at the time)!

Other record-breaking residencies by Jennifer Lopez, Pitbull, Gwen Stefani, Backstreet Boys, Christina Aguilera, John Legend, Shania Twain and Lionel Richie have also called the Bakkt Theater their home. In 2023, several artists are having residency shows at the Bakkt including Miranda Lambert, The Chicks, Jeff Dunham, and Keith Urban.

Killer Views, Wild Sounds at the Bakkt Theater at Planet Hollywood

The Bakkt Theater has a super cool sound system from D&B that’s seriously powerful. With over 100,000 watts of sound, it makes everything sound amazing, whether it’s music or talking. No matter where you sit, you’ll hear every detail loud and clear. The Bakkt Theater is one of the few theaters in the nation which features this kind of sound system – you’ll definitely have an unforgettable experience here!

And get this – the theater also has one of the biggest screens ever inside. It wraps around more than half of the audience area, like a giant picture frame. This means you’ll see huge, awesome visuals whether it’s a movie or a live show. No matter where you’re sitting, you won’t miss a thing on this massive screen.

If you have never seen a show at the Bakkt Theater, you’re missing out! Check out the latest events and score tickets to one of the upcoming shows!