A business man with no limits, Elie Samaha continually immerses himself into various worldwide endeavors that have solidified his notorious and legendary in the Hollywood scene. From his humble beginnings in Beirut, Lebanon, he landed in New York City with big dreams. His reign began in the Big Apple where he started out as a bouncer at the famous Studio 54. From there, he took Hollywood by storm with his entrepreneurial endeavors, including dry cleaning business, real estate, movie producing, and the nightlife world. Amongst his early accomplishments, Samaha created LA’s most recognized club, Roxbury – next to NYC’s Studio 54./p>
With Roxbury’s success, Elie leaped into the film industry and produced a variety of notable movies with an ever-growing number A-list talent, including: Michael Douglas, Bruce Willis, Matthew Perry, Jack Nicholson, Marlon Brando, Jennifer Lopez, Kevin Costner, Danny DeVito, John Travolta, Sylvester Stallone, Sean Penn, Cameron Diaz, Wesley Snipes, Samuel L. Jackson, Gene Hackman, Pierce Brosnan, Julianne Moore, Christian Bale, Benicio Del Toro, Kevin Spacey and Sharon Stone. With his continued pursuit of innovating the nightlife experience, Samaha went on to own and operate several nightclubs in the Los Angeles and Hollywood areas, including: Dublin’s, Babylon, Shelter, White Lotus, Sunset Room, Cabana, Green Door, La Vida, Playhouse, Roxbury 2010, Hemingway’s, Supperclub, Writer’s Room, Dragon Room and now the Grauman Ballroom.
Samaha has the unique ability to make any location THE place to be, based on his personal involvement and oversight of every aspects of the nightclub business, including: building, opening, operating, reconstructing, and renovating. Samaha’s ambitions and accomplishments continue to grow with his plans to own and operate more venues both locally and internationally, including his most recent acquisitions of the iconic TLC Chinese theatre on Hollywood Boulevard, California.