Levin & Associates and MLA Complete John Anson Ford Amphitheater Upgrade

The renovation afforded 3,500 square feet of found space beneath the stage. All images courtesy Tom Bonner.

The John Anson Ford Amphitheater in Los Angeles has reopened after a three-year renovation by locally based Levin & Associates Architects. Mia Lehrer + Associates (MLA) oversaw landscape architecture on the $72.2 million project. Originally constructed in 1931, the 1,200-seat outdoor theater is wrapped in modular metal paneling designed to contain performance sounds and deflect noise from the nearby Interstate-101.

Images courtesy Tom Bonner.

Upgrades to the site include the installation of a new two-story concession and office structure. Spanning 11,055 square feet, the complex houses a commercial kitchen, control room, new projection booth, and a network of catwalks outfitted to simplify updates made to the stage lighting system. The renovation also saw the addition of 3,500 square feet of found space beneath the stage thanks to the removal of underlying bedrock to resolve drainage issues.