The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors voted on Nov. 12 to transfer the operation of the John Anson Ford Theatres to the Los Angeles Philharmonic Association.
Located in a 32-acre regional park in the Cahuenga Pass, the Ford Theatres complex is one of the oldest performing arts venues in Los Angeles. The agreement will strengthen the Ford Theatres’ ability to contribute to the Los Angeles County arts community by supporting creative expression and providing access to performance experiences, according to Los Angeles County Supervisor Sheila Kuehl, 3rd District.
The new agreement will also increase visibility for the Ford Theatres and, because the LA Phil is also the longtime steward of the nearby Hollywood Bowl, create operational efficiencies. The LA Phil will begin operating the Ford Theatres on Dec. 1, with programming starting during the 2020 season.
“This partnership brings together two of L.A.’s cultural gems and we are confident that the sum will be even greater than the parts,” Kuehl said. “With 46 years of stewardship and proven operating capabilities at the Hollywood Bowl, the Los Angeles Philharmonic was the clear choice to manage the Ford Theatres on behalf of the county. The LA Phil embraces the Ford Theatres’ commitment to supporting local artists, diverse communities and multidisciplinary presentations. We are confident that this relationship will allow the Ford to continue to grow in service to Los Angeles and its communities of artists.”
“The Los Angeles Philharmonic is honored to partner with the county to present and support the broad spectrum of L.A.’s artistic community in this beautiful and intimate venue. The Ford holds such an important place in L.A.’s cultural history and is a beloved neighbor of the Hollywood Bowl,” said Chad Smith, CEO of the Los Angeles Philharmonic Association.
The Ford Theatres underwent a two-year, $72 million renovation project paid for by the county and completed in 2017, in which the stage was reconstructed, the hillside behind the venue was stabilized and new lighting and sound systems were installed.
For information, visit fordtheatres.org and laphil.com.
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