Ahmanson Theatre Information

The Ahmason Theatre is a great place to catch the latest and biggest touring plays and musicals as every year it brings a line-up of award-winning performances to it’s stage. This gorgeous venue continues to get better and better – so be sure to make a visit soon to see it all for yourself!

Located in the heart of south Los Angeles, this theatre holds a rich history from it’s early beginning with dramas, musicals, comedies and revivals of classic stories, such as works by Wendy Wasserstein, August Wilson, A.R. Gurney, Terrence McNally and John Guare. And now, world touring productions!

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About Ahmanson Theatre

The Ahmanson Theatre is located at 135 N Grand Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90012. It’s in the area of downtown Los Angeles, surrounded by the city’s vibrant, multicultural atmosphere.

While it hosts a range of shows, the Ahmanson Theatre is best known for its Broadway and West End theatrical productions. You’ll often find Tony Award-winning shows featuring the original cast visiting this California venue.

The Center Theater Group (CTG) operates the property as part of the Los Angeles Music Center. This downtown LA facility incorporates multiple venues, including:

  • The Ahmanson Theatre
  • Mark Taper Forum
  • Dorothy Chandler Pavilion
  • Roy & Edna Disney CalArts Theatre
  • Walt Disney Concert Hall.

These venues all specialize in different productions, making the Los Angeles Music Center a world-class facility for the performing arts.

Productions at the Ahmanson Theatre run year-round. In 2024, upcoming events include the hugely popular productions A Strange Loop and Clue The Musical.

Theatre history

The Ahmanson Theatre takes its name from the Ahmanson family, local business owners and philanthropists who donated funds to build the venue. Construction began in 1962, with the theater officially opening in 1967.

The first play was a production of Man of La Mancha. Then, it hosted More Stately Mansions, and began to attract some of the world’s best shows and performers.

A particular highlight was being the home of The Phantom of the Opera between 1989 and 1993. This show included some of the original Broadway and West End stars, showcasing how the Ahmanson Theatre had truly put LA theater on the map.

To continue to attract the best shows, the venue underwent a major refurbishment in 1994. Acoustics, seating, staging, and lighting all received upgrades, before the venue reopened with a showing of Miss Saigon.

Since then, its reputation has continued to attract millions of fans. It boasts a large season-ticket subscription list and continues to host some of the world’s best productions year after year.

2016 – 2017 celebrated it’s 50th golden year anniversary and will be bringing fresh listings including a brand new and exciting on stage Musical adaptation of the five-time Oscar nominated French film, Amélie.