Looking for something fun and free to do in DTLA? Sign up for one of the free tours of the Music Center made up of Walt Disney Concert Hall, Mark Taper Forum, Ahmanson Theatre and Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. These 90-minute docent-led tours happen twice a day on Tuesday through Saturday.
We took the tour last week. You sign up in the lobby of the Walt Disney Concert Hall. There is limited space in each tour, so get there a few minutes early. Our tour stared at the Walt Disney Concert Hall. We got to see the smaller BP Hall but we weren’t able to go inside the main theater, apparently it is rarely open during these tours.
We toured the hidden gardens behind the theater, and then headed across the street to the Music Center. We went inside the smaller intimate Mark Taper Forum and then inside the grand Dorothy Chandler Pavilion.
Upstairs in the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion is the Founders Room. Finally, we were going to see something special. Before she unlocked the doors of the Founders Room we had to promise not to take any photos. My fingers were crossed. This massive room is the private lounge for “founders,” the people who make big money donations. The room was spectacular with three giant chandeliers and a large tapestry from the 17th century (I think, I might have tuned her out while to took some bootleg photos with my camera phone. Don’t tell anyone.)
After the founders room she took us into the main theater and again told us no photos (my fingers were still crossed). Inside there were work crews on stage, but she wasn’t sure what they were doing. Our tour ended with a quick look at the artwork in the upstairs lobby. For some reason, our guide skipped the Ahmanson Theater.
Okay, what this the tour I was expecting? Not really. I was hoping for a more “behind the scenes” peek at all four venues, but it was free, so you can’t really complain, right? The Founders Room was worth the trip! If you have 90 minutes to spare, I do recommend you take one of the tours.
Get more information about the tour at Music Center Symphonian Tours or call 213.972.7483