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- Ahmanson TheatreDec 19, 2012
Came here to watch the War Horse premiere!
I simply loved this venue. First of all, Ahmanson is located in downtown LA in the music center. When I looked at the pictures of the music center online, I expected a pretty water fountain around the Peace on Earth statue. Unfortunately I didn't get to see the spectacle of it, BUT I was able to join their dance party which was right next to it. I learned that every Friday during the summer the music center has a little dance party. A dance floor and music are set up and anyone can come and join the party. Pretty fun and pretty spontaneous! Not sure if there is a theme each week or what not, but it seemed that India or Bali was the theme that night. It was so fun watching everyone and dancing a bit. I should have just taken my heels off to shake my booty some more. But I guess that will be a different day. These summer nights are perfect for this kind of outdoor event.
Earlier I mentioned the Peace on Earth statue. I'm kinda obsessed with it. I love bringing joy and happiness to others and this statue is the epitome of just that. I was able to get a few shots with it, but during one of the shots some children were around. I didn't want to shoo them away, so I just asked them to take a picture with my friend and I. It's peace on earth, so why not hold hands (my friend's idea!)? It was quite fun and these shots were actually my favorite from that night. So fun and so spontaneous!
As for the theatre itself, it is rather big. My friend and I had orchestra seats in the way back. But as others have said, there really isn't a bad seat. Our view was still good and you can hear everything. The place was very clean (as were the restrooms) and I loved that during intermission, you can go to the outdoor patio. My friend and I were lucky enough to see some fireworks with the gorgeous fountains across the street during intermission.
I know this review is for the Ahmanson Theatre, but I LOVED War Horse. The lighting, acting, scenes, special effects (like the super slow motion).. ahhh everything was fantastic. You can really tell there was much effort and thought put into the show. If I could, I would go watch it again!
I hope to come back again and take some fancy shots with the Peace On Earth fountain actually up and running.
- Ahmanson TheatreOct 13, 2012
Easiest is underground and it can range from $9-15. So far, I always have gotten $9 - I come on weekdays.
But when you're underground - OMG it's like a maze in there. They skip floors in each section, SO PLEASE REMEMBER WHERE YOU CAME FROM.
Honestly... this theater is smaller than the Pantages but still large. I sat in the back before and still was able to see it all. At the Pantages, if you're on the FAR RIGHT, good luck seeing one side of the stage :P Here... you can still see everything! :D
I do prefer the front orchestra... but honestly, all of them are pretty good.
Of course, overpriced and cash only. They serve wine and such.
If you're on the upperfloor, you have a bathroom on the top that is rarely used. WIN.
The bottom floor people are screwed during intermission.
The area around this theater is GORGEOUS. Photo ops!
Good stuff :D
Come see a show!
- Ahmanson TheatreMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 2Oct 13, 2012
The new theater in the Music Center complex in downtown LA. It is right next to the Walt Disney Concert Hall. They usually have a great season with fantastic productions either straight from Broadway or Broadway previews. And in the rare but not too rare cases, you'll shows doing test runs in LA before they get to Broadway.
- Ahmanson TheatreOct 04, 2012
We've seen so many shows at the Ahmanson I'm not sure I can recall all of them... The Color Purple, Spring Awakening, Mary Poppins, A Chorus Line, Fela, 12 Angry Men, Curtains, Dreamgirls, My Fair Lady, 9 to 5 and soooo many more. There isn't a bad seat in the Orchestra section. I've never sat upstairs. We really love this theatre! Valet is wonderful but their underground parking garage is fine too, unless on some rare occasion - they have something going at all 3 (Ahmanson, Mark Taper and the Dorothy Chandler - then you better be prepared for a LONG walk my friend). I'd highly recommend you check their season line up out and head down for a wonderful afternoon or evening. This is a great experience for all who love musical theatre. Check out the Dorothy Chandler as well, we've seen some exquisite operas and ballets there! I'll need to check out the Mark Taper sometime soon.
- Ahmanson TheatreMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsFoodiesJan 29, 2014
Great theater with great shows! It's a little smaller compared to some other LA venues, but it's well-kept and still an awesome place to watch a show.
Because it's not as big, most seats in the house will offer a great view of the stage!
Parking is either underground or street.
- Ahmanson TheatreMember ofLocal CultureBudget TravelersFoodies+ 2Aug 16, 2012
I went here for the 25th anniversary production of Les Miserables and it was a breeze getting into and out of the parking lot. We went into the lot off of Hope and parked for $9. Luckily we just needed to go up the escalator one floor to the Ahmanson. It's a great theater with comfortable seats. If you get a chance to see a show here, I definitely recommend it. Coming from Orange County, traffic can be a nightmare approaching downtown, so plan accordingly. We went on a Sunday for a matinee show, so it wasn't too bad. Traffic around downtown was still a pain because of all the merging freeways, but it's manageable. Give yourself 15-20 minutes leeway. I had the tickets in hand so I didn't need to use Will Call, but I imagine that it's a breeze either way. The staff is super friendly and informative. No photos or filming inside the theater.
FYI: Les Miserables is amazing if you haven't seen it yet. GO SEE IT.
- Ahmanson TheatreMember ofLocal CultureBudget TravelersJul 18, 2012
This theatre is beautiful not only inside and outside too. It's a great place to take a break from the City of Angels.
Some of the great broadway musicals perform here- Monty Python's Spamalot, Mary Poppins, Leap of Faith to name a few.
- Ahmanson TheatreJul 06, 2012
I love the theatre!
I recently saw War Horse here and it was fabulous. I sat in the orchestra seating row Z and the view was great.
The seats themselves can a bit uncomfortable. But then again, that's because if you sit on your bum all day, it doesn't help to sit through a long production. It's worth it! No complaints here.
Bring extra money if you're looking to buy a snack or drinks. $8 for a beer is a bit much, but it is LA.
There's street parking or you can pay to park closer.
I can't wait for the next production.