Announcing a state-of-the-art renovation at the Mark Taper Forum!
Forty years after first opening its doors, the Mark Taper Forum, one of Los Angeles’ most iconic public buildings and the artistic heart of Center Theatre Group, will receive a major interior renovation. Everything from the lobby to the seating to the ventilation will be changed and upgraded. This $30 million project will completely replace all the building and theatrical systems with state-of-the-art designs while radically improving audience amenities. Changes include lighting, electrical, air handling, sound, acoustics and theatrical rigging and equipment. Restroom facilities for men, women, families and patrons with disabilities will be created in a comfortable new 1,350 square foot downstairs lounge accessible by elevator and stairs. The backstage area- including dressing rooms, wardrobe, green room, etc will be expanded and rebuilt. All of this will be accomplished without altering the essential exterior architectural character of the Mark Taper Forum.
Construction on the Taper began in July 2007, following the final performance of Center Theatre Group’s 2006-2007 season in the Taper, and continues through mid-2008. During the construction period, Taper subscribers will enjoy a four-play subscription for the 2007-2008 season that includes two productions in the Ahmanson Theatre followed by two productions in the newly re-modeled Mark Taper Forum.
This renovation would not be possible without the support and leadership of the Music Center/Performing Arts Center of Los Angeles County which has secured over $22 million in funding for this project. Additional support is provided by the County of Los Angeles, foundation grants, and private donors, including a lead gift of $5 million given Brindell Roberts Gottlieb.
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Mark Taper Forum Renovation Video feature
Part 1 The House
Part 2 Backstage
Part 3 Up the grid
Part 4 Control booths and secret rooms