John Anson Ford Theatres, Ford Amphitheatre

Los Angeles, California, USA

One of the oldest live performance venues in Los Angeles, the 1,190-seat  amphitheatre has nurtured arts, artists, and the greater LA community since it opened in 1920. The renovation—conducted in off-season phases to avoid disrupting the venue’s schedule—includes a complete reseating of the venue, a new loading dock, dressing rooms, green room, performance lighting and electrical systems, and a new two-level stage, robust enough to handle equipment-heavy touring acts and stand up to Southern California’s sun and rain, and forgiving enough to host dance and drama. The renovations include a new control room suite, front-of-house theatrical lighting positions, and two 50-foot towers to support lighting and AV equipment. With a new concessions building that includes a full kitchen, a new picnic terrace, and a new sound wall to block the noise of nearby highway traffic, audiences will see and hear improvements everywhere they look.

John Anson Ford Theatres, Ford Amphitheatre
Credit: Timothy Norris, courtesy of Ford Theatres

Los Angeles County


Levin & Associates Architects | Bernard Maybeck (1920 Architect) | William Lee Woollett (1932 Architect)


McKay Conant Hoover


Local and regional arts groups, touring performances

Seat count


Construction type


Theatre type

Outdoor venue, Community


Programming, theatre planning, and theatre equipment design and specification



Venue website

Credit: Gennia Cui, courtesy of Ford Theatres
Credit: Gennia Cui, courtesy of Ford Theatres

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