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Ahmanson Theatre

Ahmanson Theatre
Ahmanson Theatre
Location 135 North Grand Avenue
Los Angeles, California
Coordinates
Public transit       Civic Center
Owner Los Angeles Music Center
Type Indoor Theatre
Seating type Reserved
Capacity 2,084
Construction
Broke ground March 9, 1962
Built 1967
Opened April 12, 1967
Renovated January 25, 1995
Website
Official Website

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

History

The theatre was built as a result of a donation from Howard F. Ahmanson, Sr, the founder of H.F. Ahmanson & Co., an insurance and savings and loans company. It was named for his second wife, businesswoman and philanthropist Caroline Leonetti Ahmanson.[1]

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.[2]

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 8½ month long run of Miss Saigon.

  1. ^ David Wise, Tiger Trap: America's Secret Spy War with China, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2011, p. 38 [1]
  2. ^ "Ahmanson Theatre Renovation, Los Angeles, California". Boulder, Colorado: Robert F. Mahoney & Associates. Retrieved 20 June 2012. 

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.

Awards and nominations

Awards Production Nominations Wins Notes
2009 Ovation Awards 9 to 5: The Musical 7 0
2009 Ovation Awards Minsky's 5 0
2011 Ovation Awards Leap of Faith 1 1 Won for Lead Actor (Raúl Esparza)
2012 Ovation Awards War Horse 1 1 Won for Best Presented Production
2012 Ovation Awards Follies 1 0
2013 Ovation Awards The Scottsboro Boys 1 1 Won for Best Presented Production
2013 Ovation Awards Anything Goes 1 0


References

External links

  • websiteAhmanson TheaterOfficial



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