Next Tuesday, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors will vote on a proposal to transfer operation of the County-owned nonprofit John Anson Ford Theatres to the nonprofit Los Angeles Philharmonic Association. Under the agreement, The Philharmonic Association would begin operating the Ford Theatres on December 1, 2019, and would be responsible for programming starting with the 2020 season.
Over the years, the Ford Theatres, which plays an essential role in LA’s cultural life, has presented a diverse calendar of events representing music and dance styles reflective of the communities that comprise Los Angeles County. The County recently invested $80 million in an extensive renovation of the historic 1,200-seat outdoor amphitheater including hillside stabilization and drainage improvements, reconstruction of the amphitheatre stage, a new theatrical lighting and audio package, construction of a sound wall and a new control booth, a new picnic and performance terrace, and a two-story building for concessions and an upper level office space.
LA County Supervisor Sheila Kuehl, whose district includes the Ford Theatres said, “I am very excited about this new agreement. The Ford holds a very significant place in LA’s cultural landscape, and for several years, we have been having conversations about how to strengthen its access to marketing, capacity building, and program resources that haven’t been available to it as an independent institution. The LA Phil embraces the Ford Theatres’ commitment to supporting local artists, diverse communities, and multidisciplinary presentations, plus it has a nearly 50-year track record of stewardship and proven operating capabilities at the Hollywood Bowl. If approved, I believe this agreement will provide tangible synergies that will position the Ford for the future, so it can grow and keep its important place as an outstanding showcase for culturally diverse performances and local artists.”
The vote on the agreement will take place at the LA County Supervisors meeting on November 12.