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INFO The Ahmanson Theatre, located in Downtown Los Angeles, is one of the four main venues that are a part of the Los Angeles Music Center. Opened in 1967, it is named after philanthropist Howard F. Ahmanson, Sr. The... ... read more

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Ahmanson Theatre - Theater in Los Angeles.

The Ahmanson Theatre, located in Downtown Los Angeles, is one of the four main venues that are a part of the Los Angeles Music Center. Opened in 1967, it is named after philanthropist Howard F. Ahmanson, Sr.

The Ahmanson Theatre regularly presents a wide variety of original live theater performances, including dramas, musicals, comedies, and revivals of the classics, making it a feeder theater for Broadway. The theater also occasionally features touring productions.

After undergoing a large-scale renovation in 1995, the Ahmanson Theatre now has a 2,000-person capacity and features a courtyard bar where patrons can sit near the venue’s fountain and enjoy a glass of wine.

Notable past productions at the theater include six world premieres of Neil Simon plays and a number of works by August Wilson, A.R. Gurney, and Wendy Wassertein.

Ahmanson Theatre User Reviews

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Amazing Venue
Chris S. Jun 5, 2013
The Ahmanson is a beautiful theater that has hosted numerous musicals from Big River to Spring Awakening. The theatre is set up with acoustics in mind so there isn't a bad echo and the quality of the sound is simply amazing. Watching musicals in the Ahmanson has been a tradition of mine since my high school days, and it never disappoints. The entire performing arts plaza which encompasses the opera house and the drama theatre is a beautiful place to visit before going to show. There are beautiful fountains and a small cafe bistro that serves delicious, though a bit pricey, meals that can be enjoyed before going to a show. Overall, tt's a great place to spend an afternoon.
Pretty good seating anywhere in the theater!
David V. Jun 4, 2013
I needed to watch a musical for my theater class and American Idiot was playing here. I found it to be a relatively easy trip from UCLA so it was not particularly difficult to get around given the different amounts of LA transportation. Pricing was fair and I was seated on the second level. The show itself was great but I was thankful that the way the audience seating was laid out was great. I have been to theaters where the seating is ridiculously far from the action of the show or there is limited or obstructed views. Ushers and theater managers were kind in helping me find my seat, I managed to have a conversation with an usher about the show and about the view from my seat. This being my first time to the Ahmanson, I would definitely go again once their next season starts later this year.
anything goes
Nancy D. May 15, 2013
this was my first time going to this theatre and i enjoyed it so much. the performance was amazing and not boring at all it had me at the tip of my toes the entire time. the entire theatre was huge and the seats were really comfortable the only bad thing was that i sat all the way at the top and couldnt really see. but other than that this theatre is perfect to go to!
great place to watch a show!
Duane L. Mar 25, 2013
I have only been to the Ahmanson Theater once but it was such a great experience that I highly recommend the venue and would definitely like to go again in the near future. I went there to watch American Idiot, something I had been meaning to see for a while. The show itself impressed me greatly, as did the theater. The Ahmanson doesn’t feel particularly huge but it has more than enough capacity to seem comfortable. It made me feel like I was a part of the LA art scene, watching a broadway show in a well-known theater in downtown LA. I enjoyed the experience immensely. Also, across the street is the LA Department of Water and Electricity, which has a cool moat surrounding it. Just throwing that out there in case you arrive at the theater early and want to kill time.
Cute and classy
Sara S. Nov 29, 2012
It may not be the biggest venue in L.A. for musicals but it's definitely a great theater to check out! It's a smaller venue than the Pantages which makes every seat in the house a good one! Always have a great time seeing a show here, from the staff to the parking, it all is easy and friendly. Very convenient if there's a show coming to town that you would like to see!
LA's Best Theater for Drama
Daniel B. Oct 16, 2012
Unless you're a diehard fan of musicals, forget the Pantages and check out the Ahmanson. Some of the best dramas and comedies come to the Ahmanson, attracting lead actors like Jeff Daniels and Jeff Goldblum (go see "Seminar" while it's out). It's a great place to see a show that actually means something, especially if you're a little jaded after one too many sittings through "Wicked" and "The Lion King". Before or after the show, check out the newly opened Grand Park with its long walkway and lit up fountains. Parking's expensive (like everywhere in downtown), but really convenient and it's really quick getting in and out.
Classy Venue for the Entire Family
Rachel Q. Sep 17, 2012
The Ahmanson theater is right in the center of Downtown L.A. and hosts a variety of shows that are rarely disappointing. I have seen a variety of shows here from "The Color Purple" to "Mary Poppins" and each time my entire family, including the kids, had an amazing experience. Every seat in the house is sure to be satisfactory. I have sat way up in the mezzanine as well as three rows back from the front of the stage and once the play started was so wrapped up in it that where I sat did not matter. Parking is very convenient with just a short walk away. If you plan on dining before the show there is a outside restaurant that offers fast and convenient service timed perfectly to coincide with the theater. If you have more time to spare a short walk further down the block you will find many other restaurants to choose from.
Great Venue to see a show
Chris M. Sep 6, 2012
I saw "God of Carnage" here and although I don't see a lot of theater I thought that the Ahmanson was pure class. We had seats in the mezzanine but the sound and lighting were perfect for us to enjoy the show, the seats were comfortable, and the theater is modern but elegant. Definitely park in the garage underneath, it is big and parking anywhere else in the area is a big hassle. You can go to the courtyard bar/restaurant right there for extreme convenience but we made the short walk down the hill to 2nd street and went to the Redwood for some much cheaper bar fare and a different crowd than the theater types we would be spending the rest of the evening with. Tickets are not cheap but the production was very well done and had some serious star power with James Gandolfini, Marcia Gay Harden, Jeff Daniels and Hope Davis. Now Jeff Goldblum is starring in "Seminar" and I have been hearing good things, so check out some top class LA theater at the Ahmanson.
Broadway in LA
Jayson M. Aug 21, 2012
I don’t think I have ever seen a bad show here and the venue itself is beautiful. It’s not cheap – and good lord the onsite restaurant and bars are pricey – but it highlights a part of LA many people overlook: there’s some seriously great theater in this town. The parking structure below the theater always has space, but that’s because it is HUUUGE, and if you are claustrophobic you might want to avoid it because this thing goes on forever. As I recall it is between $9 and $15 to park here depending on when you come for a show, but it is run surprisingly efficiently (don’t freak out when you see the line of cars). Also, there’s a little known bathroom on the upper level. Go there during intermission, the downstairs is a mad house of old guys who take a half-hour to whiz….that will be me someday.
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