It is official. Funding has been allocated and the Environmental Impact Report has been certified. This week, demolition began.
In case you missed the news: we are beginning major improvements to the amphitheatre stage, including the infrastructure underneath, as well as new facilities and amenities. What this all means is a better experience for you and for our artists.
Such improvements as:
- A complete stage reconstruction, realigning and leveling the stage
- Hillside stabilization and drainage improvements
- New theatrical lighting and speakers
- A new and improved sound wall to better block 101 Freeway noise
- A new picnic terrace for up to 200 people
- A new concessions with onsite kitchen
These construction efforts are possible thanks to the support of the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, notably outgoing Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky, who has championed the arts during his 20-year tenure representing the Third District. (For more about the County’s support of the arts, check out last week's LA Times article.)
Some of you may be concerned that this work will change the Ford’s awesome vibe. Rest assured this will not happen. We are dedicated both to preserving the Ford’s historic status and to staying genuine L.A.
We look forward to sharing fun stories about the project’s progress, photos and more in the coming months.
-Your Friends at the Ford
FORD THEATRES: Best Music Venue Los Angeles 2014
We are honored to have been named the "Best Music Venue" in Los Angeles for 2014 by LA Weekly! Here are their kind words:
When it comes to outdoor amphitheaters around L.A., the Hollywood Bowl and the Greek Theatre get all the love. But the John Anson Ford Amphitheatre also has great music and natural beauty, with only a fraction of the hassle. It's shocking just how friendly the staff is, how easy the venue is to navigate and how quickly you can park. (It's stacked parking, so you can't leave until the show's over, but still.) The facility includes an 87-seat indoor stage, but even the main, 1,200-seat outdoor amphitheater feels intimate. The sound is first-rate, as is the stunning backdrop of trees and hillside, illuminated by colored lights. The performances tend toward world music, family-friendly festivals, and folk, with some rock and hip-hop thrown in. Good stuff but, to be honest, it doesn't really matter what's playing. The Ford is just that breathtaking. —Ben Westhoff
But what they forgot to mention is that the Ford also has the coolest patrons. Thanks for visiting us!