Ahmanson Theatre RenovationAhmanson Theatre Renovation
Los Angeles, California

A $17 million renovation of the Ahmanson Theatre brought the venue’s balcony and mezzanine closer to the stage, lowered the ceiling and reduced the width of the auditorium, making the theater as suitable for intimate stage plays as it is for Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Phantom of the Opera and other mega-musicals. The major renovation was designed to enhance the theater’s acoustics, improve sightlines and allow for more flexible seating arrangements. As a result of the reconfiguration, the Ahmanson can now be instantly transformed from a 2,084-seat theater to a cozier 1,600-seat venue.

Together with the Mark Taper Forum, the Ahmanson Theatre is home to the Center Theatre Group (CTG) and located in the Performing Arts Center of Los Angeles County (formerly the Music Center), at 135 N. Grand Ave. in downtown Los Angeles. CTG also develops and presents new plays and theater for youth at the Kirk Douglas Theatre in Culver City, California.

Our Work: Robert F. Mahoney & Associates was hired to improve the intelligibility of the Ahmanson’s acoustics—necessary for smaller, more intimate productions—while preserving the theater’s ability to house major Broadway musicals.

In a return engagement with CTG, Mahoney & Associates oversaw the acoustical design for the renovation and expansion of the Kirk Douglas Theatre in 2004.

Accolades: “Whether enjoying a Broadway import like Miss Saigon, or a homegrown production of a major new play, Ahmanson audiences are guaranteed an elegant and comfortable theater experience.” -- Christopher Cappiello, Theater Critic

Theater Type: Performing Arts Center/Touring Broadway Road House
Project Type: Renovation and Restoration
Location: Los Angeles, California
Completion: January 1995
Total Project Cost: $17 million
Seat Count: 1,600 to 2,084
Architect: Ellerbe Becket Architects – Los Angeles
Theater Consultant: Theatre Projects Consultants
Owner’s Representative: Gordon Davidson, Founding Artistic Director/Producer of the Center Theatre Group
Web Site: www.taperahmanson.com