Ahmanson Theater


Los Angeles, CA


Performing Arts Center of Los Angeles County


Gruen Associates

In this design-build, fast-track project, the Ahmanson Theatre received an upgrade allowing it to accommodate the sets and tech of modern visiting productions. The team widened the Ahmanson Theatre’s unusually narrow proscenium and enhanced its appearance and functionality with metal mesh curtains and a unique, removable and storable proscenium header. Other improvements included a new ceiling, fire wall and fire curtain, structural rigging beams and curtain and lighting platforms. This challenging project succeeded amid numerous constraints, including a complete lack of as-builts and a construction window of only seven weeks.