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Ford Theatre Reopens After $66 Million Renovation

A new stage and new lighting have been added to the historic venue

The newly renovated John Anson Ford Theatre reopened last night with performances by two LA-based musical groups: Japanese drumming troupe Taiko Project and Chicano rock band Quetzal. It was the first show held at the historic amphitheatre since 2014, when work began on a $66 million overhaul.

The two musical acts performed on a brand new stage with freshly installed lighting and a new sound barrier to mitigate traffic noise from the nearby Hollywood Freeway. A picnic area and food stand should be complete by the end of the summer, when the theatre will hold a full dedication ceremony.

Often overshadowed by its neighbor to the west, the Hollywood Bowl (along with the Greek Theatre in Griffith Park), the Ford has a rich history and a truly impressive design based on the gates of Jerusalem. With its new overhaul nearly complete, the Ford looks ready to regain its reputation as one of LA’s greatest outdoor venues.

John Anson Ford Amphitheatre

2580 Cahuenga Blvd E, Los Angeles, CA 90068 (323) 461-3673 Visit Website