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Los Angeles Music Center

Los Angeles Music Center

Website: http://www.musiccenter.org Open website in new window

Telephone: (213) 972-7211 Call (213) 972-7211

Address: 135 North Grand Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90012 Show address in Google Maps (new window)

 Overview

The Los Angeles Music Center is one of the largest performing arts centers in the US and the west coast equivalent of New York’s Lincoln Center. It is home to the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion (opera house), the Ahmanson Theatre (large traditional proscenium arch theatre), the Mark Taper Forum (180-degree thrust stage) and the Walt Disney Concert Hall.

The complex was designed by Welton Becket and completed in 1967, with the addition of the Frank Gehry-designed Walt Disney Concert Hall in 2003. The Dorothy Chandler Pavilion was completed in 1964 and is the largest venue of the complex with a seating capacity of 3,156. To achieve the highest degree of design integration everything inside and outside the building – from courtyard sculptures to light fittings and carpets – was specifically designed for the building by the architects. Originally home to the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the venue is now home to LA Opera. It is familiar to many throughout the world having hosted over 20 Academy Award (Oscars) presentations from 1969 through 1999.

The Ahmanson Theatre was completed in 1967 and, more recently, underwent a major redesign in 1994-1995 when the Balcony and Mezzanine levels were moved closer to the stage, the width of the auditorium reduced and the acoustics improved. The theatre was designed with the ability to reconfigure the seating capacity from 2,103 to 1,700 and even 1,300, using acoustic dividers mid-Mezzanine and mid-Balcony. The Ahmanson is currently home to Center Theatre Group who present a range of productions including direct-from-Broadway one-time transfers.

The Mark Taper Forum was completed in 1967 as the smallest of the complex’s venues, with a seating capacity of 738 in a 180-degree semicircular arrangement around its thrust stage. The building’s exterior is perhaps the most stunning of the original Music Center complex, being a cylindrical drum wrapped in relief-sculpture murals and surrounded by reflecting pools. The Taper underwent a major renovation of all its theatre systems in 2007-2008.

The Frank Gehry-designed Walt Disney Concert Hall was completed and added to the Music Center complex in 2003, at which point the LA Philharmonic transferred home here from the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. Seating capacity is 2,252 with seats on all 4 sides of the vast Douglas Fir-lined concert hall. Acoustics have been greatly praised and there is no bad seat in the house. The in-house concert organ has a façade designed by Gehry with 6,125 individual pipes ranging from a few inches to 32ft in length. The concert hall building also incorporates the 266-seat Roy and Edna Disney/CalArts Theater (REDCAT), the 300-seat William M. Keck Foundation Children's Amphitheatre, and the 120-seat Nadine and Ed Carson Amphitheatre.

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 How do I visit the Los Angeles Music Center?

The Music Center offers a variety of tours:

Campus Tours
Docent-led tours of the Walt Disney Concert Hall, Mark Taper Forum, Ahmanson Theatre, and Dorothy Chandler Pavilion are available Tuesdays through Saturdays at 10:15am and 12:30pm. Tours run 90 minutes, are free, and start from the Walt Disney Concert Hall lobby. Please check the Tour Schedule on the Music Center’s website Link opens in new window to confirm availability. Note: access to venues is subject to availability and daily operations; you may not get to see inside all venues.
Walt Disney Concert Hall Tours
Docent-led tours taking visitors through much of the interior space and the gardens, presenting the highlights of the architecturally stunning building. Tours are availble on select days, check the Tour Schedule on the Music Center’s website Link opens in new window to confirm availability. Tours run 60 minutes, are free, and start from the Walt Disney Concert Hall lobby. Note: access to the Concert Hall is subject to availability and daily operations; you may not get to see inside the Concert Hall.
Self-Guided Walt Disney Concert Hall Tours
Self-guided tours of the interior space and gardens. Tours are availble on select days, check the Tour Schedule on the Music Center’s website Link opens in new window to confirm availability. Tours run 60 minutes, are free, and start from the Walt Disney Concert Hall lobby. Note: access to the Concert Hall is subject to availability and daily operations; you may not get to see inside the Concert Hall.

Reservations are not required unless groups sizes are 15 or over. Information correct as of March 2017.

Upcoming Special Events
Campus Tour

Campus Tour (various days at Noon and 1:15pm)

Docent-lead tours take visitors through much of the interior space and throughout the gardens while presenting the highlights of the architecturally stunning building. Individual guests or tour groups up to 14 people: complimentary.

Offered select days at 12pm and 1:15pm; lasting approximately 60 minutes. Begins in the Grand Lobby of the Walt Disney Concert Hall.

Note: tours of the Walt Disney Concert Hall do not include the auditorium due to a near constant rehearsal, performance and special event schedule.

For more info see: https://www.musiccenter.org/visit/Exploring-the-Center/Guided/ Link opens in new window

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 Technical Information

Ahmanson Theatre
Balcony Divider Behind Row F (rear row of Balcony is row L)
Balcony overhang Above row E of Mezzanine
Flying System 98 counterweight linesets operated Stage Left
Grid Height 75ft
Mezzanine Divider Behind Row G (rear row of Mezzanine is row P)
Mezzanine overhang Above row Q of Orchestra
Proscenium 40ft wide by 42ft high, normal teaser out-trim 30ft high
Seating Capacity 2,103 on 3 levels configurable down to 1,700 or 1,300 using dividers in the Balcony and Mezzanine
Stage Depth 45ft
Stage Width 110ft
Dorothy Chandler Pavilion
Flying System 108 counterweight linesets operated Stage Right
Grid Height 90ft
Rear Stage Area 172ft wide by 40ft deep
Seating Capacity 3,156 on 4 levels
Side Stage Area (SL) 40ft wide by 60ft deep
Stage Depth 64ft
Stage Width 169ft
Mark Taper Forum
Seating Capacity 738 arranged in a semicircle around the thrust stage
Stage Depth 30ft at deepest point
Walt Disney Concert Hall
Seating Capacity 2,252
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 Photos of the Los Angeles Music Center

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Ahmanson Theatre Auditorium

Ahmanson Theatre Public Areas

Dorothy Chandler Pavilion Auditorium

Dorothy Chandler Pavilion Backstage

Dorothy Chandler Pavilion Public Areas

Mark Taper Forum

Music Center Plaza

Walt Disney Concert Hall

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