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Ahmanson Theater

Ahmanson Theatre
Ahmanson Theatre
Location 135 North Grand Avenue
Los Angeles, California
Type Indoor Theater
Built 1967
Opened April 12, 1967
Renovated January 25, 1995
Owner Los Angeles Music Center
Seating type Reserved
Capacity 2,084
Website Official Website

The Ahmanson Theatre is one of the four main venues that comprise the Los Angeles Music Center.

Through the generosity of philanthropist Howard F. Ahmanson, Sr., construction began on March 9, 1962. The theatre opened on April 12, 1967 with a production of More Stately Mansions starring Ingrid Bergman, Arthur Hill, and Colleen Dewhurst. Since then, it has presented a wide variety of dramas, musicals, comedies, and revivals of the classics, including six world premieres of Neil Simon plays and works by Wendy Wasserstein, August Wilson, A.R. Gurney, Terrence McNally, John Guare and Edward Albee. The Ahmanson also has served in the capacity of co-producer for a number of Broadway productions, including Amadeus, Smokey Joe's Cafe, The Most Happy Fella, and The Drowsy Chaperone.

The Ahmanson has the largest theatrical season-ticket subscription base on the West Coast. Its year-round season begins in early fall and lasts through late summer.

1990s Renovation

A major $17 million renovation moved the mezzanine and balcony closer to the stage, reduced the width of the auditorium, lowered the ceiling and improved the acoustics. It also allowed the theatre's seating capacity to be reconfigured from 1,600 seats for an intimate play to 2,084 for a major Broadway-sized musical.[1]

Designed by Ellerbe Beckett Architects and constructed by Robert F. Mahoney & Associates, the renovation took eighteen months to complete. During this time, the Ahmanson's season-ticket subscriptions were presented at the UCLA James A. Doolittle Theatre in Hollywood. The Ahmanson reopened on January 25, 1995 with an 8 1/2 month long run of Miss Saigon.

World Premieres

The Ahmanson served as the world premiere venue for the following plays and musicals:

Notable Productions

In December 2006, it presented the musical stage adaptation of the Tim Burton film Edward Scissorhands, directed and choreographed by Matthew Bourne.


External links

  • Ahmanson Theater Los Angeles Website

Coordinates: 34°3′29″N 118°14′50″W / 34.05806°N 118.24722°W / 34.05806; -118.24722

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