The Dorothy Chandler Pavilion is one venue in the Los Angeles Music Center located in Los Angeles, California. It has a capacity of 3197 seats across four tiers. The pavilion features wide curving stairways, hanging chandeliers and a rich interior. It has 10 seating areas designated as: the orchestra section; the circle section; the loge (front and rear); and the balconies (front and rear).
Construction on the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion began March 9, 1962, and was completed 2 ½ later on September 27, 1964. Approval for construction was received from the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, under the promise that the building would be open free for the public each year for a single day. This day is known as the Los Angeles County Holiday Celebration and occurs every Christmas Eve. The venue’s first event was held on December 6, 1964, with the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra performing Strauss, Schuman, Ottorino and Beethoven.
The venue was named for Dorothy Buffum Chandler who championed the idea of a cultural center for the arts in Los Angeles. She was named by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors in April 1955 to head a citizens' committee to build a permanent home for the Los Angeles Philharmonic. She expanded the goal to include a performing arts center and raised $18.7 million in private donations from a total cost of $152,000.
The Pavilion was the home of Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra and the Los Angeles Master Chorale both of whom moved to the Walt Disney Hall, a new construction next to the pavilion, in 2003. Today, the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion is home to the Los Angeles Opera and Glorya Kaufman Presents Dance at the Music Center. Midnight Club: Los Angeles features the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in its attempt to recreate the Los Angeles cityscape.
Under the acclaimed Music Director, Roger Wagner, the Los Angeles Master Chorale is the only other founding resident company at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. The New York City Opera regularly tours the U.S. and performs in the Pavilion. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ annual Academy Awards ceremony was held there for 30 years, between 1969 and 1999.