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Mark Taper Forum

135 N. Grand Ave.  Los Angeles, CA 90012  | map |

The Music Center pages: Ahmanson Theatre | Dorothy Chandler Pavilion | Disney Hall | Redcat | Mark Taper Forum |


Opened: 1967. This March 1966 view of the Taper and the Ahmanson under construction taken by Palmer Connor is in the Huntington Library collection. Thanks to James J. Chun for finding it for a post on the Photos of Los Angeles Facebook page.

Phone: 213-628-2772   Website: www.centertheatregroup.org

Seating: 739

Stage: It's a thrust configuration with a depth of 30' on the centerline.

Architect: Welton Becket and Associates



A first floor plan of the Taper from the architects. Thanks to Mike Hume for including the drawing with the fine page about the Music Center on his Historic Theatre Photography site.



A second floor plan. 



A section of the theatre. Again thanks to Mike Hume for locating the drawings.


Interior views: 


The lobby as viewed from house right. Photo: Bill Counter - 2018 



The house left end of the lobby. Photo: Bill Counter - 2018 



The auditorium from the top. Photo: Bill Counter - 2018   



Toward house left. Photo: Bill Counter - 2018  



Peeking offstage right. Photo: Bill Counter - 2018  



A view to the grid. Photo: Bill Counter - 2018 



Another view across the house. Photo: Bill Counter - 2018  



Ceiling catwalks and lighting positions. Photo: Bill Counter - 2018 


More exterior views: 


A December 1966 construction view. Thanks to Art Siegel for finding it for a post on the Facebook page Vintage Los Angeles.



North on Grand toward the Taper with the Ahmanson Theatre beyond. Photo: Bill Counter - 2018  



Across Grand Ave. from the Taper. Photo: Bill Counter - 2018



The Taper from the Dorothy Chandler. The plaza was getting a makeover. Photo: Bill Counter - 2018



The back of the theatre as viewed from in front of the Ahmanson. That's the Department of Water and Power Building in the background. Photo: Bill Counter - 2018



The entrance faces south toward the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. Here we're looking east toward it. Photo: Bill Counter - 2018



A closer view of the entrance. Photo: Bill Counter - 2018



The Taper's moat decorated for Christmas. That's a bit of the Ahmanson Theatre on the right. Photo: Mike Hume - 2018 
 
 

End of a Christmas season with no shows. The tree was being taken down on January 7, 2021. Photo: Bill Counter  
 
 

Waiting for a fall 2021 opening. Thanks to Tony Hoover for sharing this photo on a Facebook post in August.

More information: Visit Mike Hume's fine page about the Music Center on his Historic Theatre Photography site.

A quick video tour through backstage can be seen on Facebook/Watch. There's an article about the forum on.Wikipedia.

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