The Ahmanson Theatre is one of the four main venues
that comprise the Los Angeles Music Center.
Through the generosity of philanthropist Robert H.
Ahmanson, 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
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. In December 2006, it presented
the musical stage adaptation of the Tim Burton film Edward Scissorhands,
directed and choreographed by Matthew Bourne.
Renovated in 1994, seating capacity can be
reconfigured from 1,600 to 2,100.