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Plan Your Visit

Plan Your Visit

Plan Your Visit

NEW: Music Center Plaza Renovation infOrmation

The Music Center has begun an exciting renovation of the Plaza in front of the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. For more Music Center Plaza renovation information please click here 

LA Opera is located at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion and is part of The Music Center of Los Angeles County. There is ample parking on site.

Our address is:
135 N. Grand Ave.
Los Angeles, CA, 90012

Click here for transportation options or click here for directions.


LA Opera and The Music Center encourage ticket holders to arrive at least 45 minutes before curtain.

Parking is available in The Music Center Garage.  The garage entrance is located off Grand Ave across the street from Grand Park.

SELF PARKING -- $9 (Cash Only)
These rates are available beginning at 4:30 p.m. for evening performances, two hours before weekday matinees; and all day on weekends.

VALET PARKING -- $23 (Cash Only)
Available at the Hope Street circular drive adjacent to the Plaza. Cars are returned to the Hope Street side.

Accessible parking spaces for vehicles displaying valid, state-issued disability parking placards or license plates are available in the Music Center Garage, please check with the parking attendant for directions.

To make your ticket purchases and pick-up easier, the Box Office will validate for 30 minutes free parking in The Music Center Garage. If arriving before 4:30pm on weekdays, take a ticket upon upon entering the garage. Please obtain a validation at the Box Office window.  Regular daily parking rates will apply after 30 minutes, which is $3.50 for every 15 minutes. The regular rate before 4:30 p.m. is $20 maximum.  If arriving during on a weekend, you will have to pay $9 deposit upon entry.  After obtaining a validation at the Box Office window, see a parking garage kiosk to retrieve your deposit.



Enter on Second Street or Lower Grand Avenue. Both entrances are open 6:00am to midnight Monday through Friday and 7:00am to midnight on Saturday and Sunday.

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Getting downtown for a performance is easy with public transportation. For Maps, Directions and Parking information, click here.

The online Metro Trip Planner at www.metro.net will map your route, calculate travel time and fare, and provide you with all the information you need.

how To Get to LA Opera By Metro Train or bus

Skip traffic and take the Metro Red or Purple Line directly to The Music Center! It’s a quick block away from Civic Center/Grand Park Station, from Temple Street. The Dorothy Chandler Pavilion is located at The Music Center, which is across the street, west of Grand Park. Plan your trip below.

From East LA, Pasadena or Azusa, take the Gold Line and transfer onto the Red or Purple Line at Union Station. Travel towards North Hollywood or Wilshire/Western and exit one block at Civic Center/Grand Park Station.

From Koreatown, take the Purple Line to Civic Center/Grand Park Station.

From Long Beach, take the Blue Line and transfer onto the Red or Purple Line at 7th Street Metro Center Station.  Travel towards Union Station and exit at Civic Center/Grand Park Station.

From North Hollywood or San Fernando Valley, take the Red Line to Civic Center/Grand Park Station.

From Santa Monica or Culver City, take the Expo Line and transfer onto the Red or Purple Line at 7th Street Metro Center Station.  Travel towards Union Station and exit at Civic Center/Grand Park Station.

From San Pedro, take the Silver Line (bus) to the intersection of 1stStreet and Hill Street.

Pay $2.50 *All riders must have fare loaded on a valid TAP card, no cash accepted., Monthly Pass: $122.00, EZ Pass accepted

From the South Bay/Gateway Cities, take the Green Line to the Blue Line at Willowbrook/Rosa Parks Station. Then take the Blue Line towards Downtown LA and transfer onto the Red or Purple Line at 7thStreet Metro Center Station.  Travel towards Union Station and exit at Civic Center/Grand Park Station.


LADOT Commuter Express – CE409, CE423, CE430, CE431, CE437, CE438, CE448
Santa Monica's Big Blue Bus – SM10
Downtown DASH – Both the “A” and “B” routes have stops at The Music Center.


From Santa Barbara, Ventura County, San Diego and Orange Counties, you can reach Union Station via Amtrak (www.AmtrakCalifornia.com) or Metrolink (www.metrolinktrains.com/).

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The Music Center provides a number of dining options for both pre- and post-performance meals.

Dining map


Kendall’s Brasserie and Bar -  The Music Center
Classic Parisian brasserie with a dynamic raw seafood bar and relaxing outdoor patio. Reservations recommended. Online Reservations | (213) 972-7322

The BoardRoom -  The Music Center
French bites, craft cocktails, sultry lounge.                                              Reservations recommended. Online Reservations | (213) 972-8556

Upstage Burger - New! on the Plaza Level above 1st and Grand Ave
The menu offers a select variety of handcrafted, made-to-order sandwiches, burgers and sides using only the finest ingredients.  From premium grass-fed beef and the vegetarian IMPOSSIBLE™ burger, to Mary’s free-range chicken and all-beef hot dogs. Open for Pre-Show dining | View Hours and Menu >>

Cocina Roja – The Music Center Plaza

Inspired by the flavors and unique spirit of Mexico City, Cocina Roja is the ideal outdoor dining option when visiting The Music Center. This traditional Mexican al fresco taqueria offers authentic tacos, larger entrées and street fare, which can be paired with an array of delicious beverages.
Open 2 hours prior to a performance | 213.972.7525

Patina - Walt Disney Concert Hall
Award winning contemporary French cuisine and service that define luxury in LA. | Reservations recommended. (213) 972-3331

Bar service

Bar service is available on every floor inside the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. AVOID THE LINES! Pre-order cocktails, beverages, and snacks for intermission two hours prior to each performance. Available at any intermission bar.

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Visiting Los Angeles? We recommend these Downtown LA hotels:

Omni Los Angeles Hotel
at California Plaza
251 S. Olive St.
Los Angeles, CA 90012

Millennium Biltmore Hotel
506 S. Grand Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90071

JW Marriott Los Angeles
900 W. Olympic Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90015
The Ritz-Carlton Los Angeles
900 W. Olympic Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90015

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel
120 S. Los Angeles Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012

The Standard Downtown LA
550 S. Flower Street
Los Angeles, CA 90071

Bus = shuttle service available


We recommend these restaurants for pre-performance meals.  Some offer shuttle service to and from the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion.

Blue Cow Kitchen and Bar
California Plaza, 350 S. Grand Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90071

Border Grill Downtown LA Bus
445 S. Figueroa St.
Los Angeles, CA 90071

CHAYA Downtown Bus
525 S. Flower Street
Los Angeles, CA 90071
First and Hope Downtown Supper Club
710 W. First St.
Los Angeles, CA 90012

Engine Co. No. 28 Bus
644 S. Figueroa St.
Los Angeles, CA 90017
Katsuya L.A. Live
800 W. Olympic Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90015

Noé Restaurant and Bar Bus
 251 S. Olive St.
Los Angeles, CA 90012

Trader Vic's L.A. Live
800 W. Olympic Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90015

WP24 Restaurant by Wolfgang Puck 
Nest at WP24 
900 W. Olympic Blvd 
Los Angeles, CA


Ford's Filling Station   
900 W. Olympic Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90015

The Mixing Room
900 W. Olympic Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90015

gLAnce Lobby Bar
900 W. Olympic Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90015

R23 (Japanese Cuisine)
923 E 2nd St
Los Angeles, CA 90012
(inside Walt Disney Concert Hall)
141 S. Grand Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90012

Cafe Pinot Bus
700 W. Fifth St.
Los Angeles, CA 90071

Nick & Stef's Steakhouse
330 S Hope St.
Los Angeles, CA 90017

801 S. Figueroa St.
Los Angeles, CA 90017

Le Ka
800 W 6th St.
Los Angeles, CA 90017

Ebanos Crossing Bus
200 S Hill St
Los Angeles, CA 90012

Tom's Urban LA Live

1011 S. Figueroa St. #B101
Los Agneles, CA 90015

Bus = shuttle service available

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A leader at the cultural heart of Los Angeles County, The Music Center brings to life one of the world’s premier arts destinations by creating opportunities for arts participation, enabling compelling programming and providing first-class venues and services.

The Music Center is one of the largest and most highly regarded performing arts centers in the country, creating a cultural hub that is central to L.A.’s status as “the creative capital” of the world. Celebrated for its illustrious dance presentations and home to four world-class resident companies, The Music Center is the place to experience the most innovative and critically-acclaimed performing arts in the nation. Each year, over one million audience members delight in the excitement of live performances on The Music Center’s stages and enjoy free community arts events all year long across its outdoor campus. The Music Center is also on the forefront of arts education in Los Angeles, providing arts resources to students and teachers in schools and community centers throughout the region.  Approximately 500 full-time, seasonal and part-time staff members are employees of The Center and contribute to its operation and success.

The Music Center was developed as an unprecedented public-private partnership with Los Angeles County. Through the support of the Board of Supervisors, the County of Los Angeles plays an invaluable role in the successful operation of The Music Center. This relationship has cemented the importance of the arts to the cultural fabric of Los Angeles.

History of The Music Center

The Music Center complex, designed by architect Welton Becket, was dedicated September 27, 1964 and opened December 6, 1964 as a public/private not-for-profit partnership with the County of Los Angeles. The Center was championed by Dorothy Buffum Chandler, who 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 at a total cost of $152,000.

The County provided the site and raised the remaining $14 million using mortgage revenue bonds. Construction on the original complex began March 12, 1962 and was completed in April 1967. The original complex was comprised of three venues: the 3,197-seat Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, the 739-seat Mark Taper Forum, and Ahmanson Theatre (honoring Howard Ahmanson and the Ahmanson Foundation), which offers flexible seating for 1,600 to 2,000 as a result of its 1994 redesign by Ellerbe Becket Architects.

On October 23, 2003, The Music Center opened the Frank Gehry-designed Walt Disney Concert Hall, expanding the campus to 11 acres. The 2,265-seat Concert Hall is home to the Los Angeles Philharmonic and the Los Angeles Master Chorale. Walt Disney Concert Hall includes the 266-seat Roy and Edna Disney/CalArts Theater (REDCAT), the 300-seat William M. Keck Foundation Children's Amphitheatre, and the 120-seat Nadine and Ed Carson Amphitheatre. The Walt Disney Concert Hall was built at a total cost of $274 million.


Dorothy Chandler Pavilion

The Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, the first and largest theater of The Music Center, was built in 1964 and designed by Welton Becket using a “Total Design” aesthetic.  Everything from the building’s structure and engineering to its interior design—lighting fixtures, carpeting, typography, restaurant china and flatware—were designed by the firm for a unified and integrated look.

The interior of the theater is an elegant five-story space draped in honey-toned onyx and features 78 crystal light fixtures including three stunning chandeliers each made with 24,000 individual pieces of hand-polished crystal from Munich.

The Dorothy Chandler Pavilion has been the site of unparalleled performances by stunning music luminaries and virtuosos.  It was the home of the LA Philharmonic for decades and host of The Academy Awards between 1969 and 1987.  It is now the home of the LA Opera, sharing its stage with Glorya Kaufman Presents Dance at the Music Center.

For information on taking a tour of the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, please

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It is appropriate to wait to applaud until the conclusion of a song.  If you are unsure when to clap, it is always safe to wait and see how the rest of the audience is reacting.  When you’ve really enjoyed a performance, you are welcome to stand up after an Act or opera to give a particular artist a “standing ovation.”

Operas are usually sung in the language in which they were composed, which means that opera singers must be able to sing in Italian, German, French, Czech, English and other languages.  But no worries, the words are projected in English on a screen above the stage so that you will understand what is being sung.

Please note that no photography or recording of any kind is permitted inside the theater.

During the Opera
Out of respect for other opera-goers, please don't talk, eat, or open wrappers.  It's also important to turn your cell phone and other electronic devices off.

What to Wear
Anything from jeans to jewels!  You can never dress too nicely for the opera, and while this doesn’t mean you need to wear a tuxedo, suit or gown, there are little opportunities these days to have fun and dress for the occasion.  You can dress up or down, but make sure you wear something that makes YOU feel comfortable.  Most opera-goers you’ll see will be wearing business attire.  Sunday matinees are more casual, weekday evenings typically are business casual, and Saturday nights are the perfect opportunity to dress to the nines.  Be sure to check out our Opera Fashion blog.

Pre-Performance Lecture
Enjoy a live talk, providing insight and productin background, in the Eva and Marc Stern Grand Hall one hour prior to each performance.  You can also listen by phone on your way to the theater, by calling 605.475.5910 and using Access Code 314902#.

Arrive on Time
Performances start promptly.  Be sure you allow enough time for traffic and parking.  Latecomers will only be seated at a suitable break in the music - in most cases, not until the first intermission.  If you leave the theater while the performance is in progress, please understand that you cannot be readmitted until intermission. 

Make the Most of Intermission
Avoid lines by pre-ordering your refreshments at any of The Music Center bars before the performance.  Your drinks and snacks will be waiting for your when you get out.

Ticket Donation
Tickets are not refundable.  If you are unable to attend an opera, please consider donating your tickets to LA Opera for resale.  To donate your tickets, call the Box Office at 213.972.8001.  You will receive a receipt for this donation; the value of your tickets will be acknowledged as a charitable donation after the performance.

for your information

Sennheiser Listening Devices for the hearing-impaired are available at the Lobby Kiosk.

No Late Seating, ushers will seat latercomers at appropriate intervals at the discretion of the House Manager.
Binoculars are available for rent for $5 at the Lobby Kiosk. Drinking Fountains are available near the restrooms on every floor.
Cough Drops are complimentary and available in the lobby.

First Aid
Please see any usher for any first aid needs.
Smoking is permitted only in designated areas on The Music Center Plaza.

Patrons are Responsible
for their personal items while in the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion.  A coat check is available in the lobby.
If exiting the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion at intermission or at any time during the performance, please have your ticket stub available upon re-entry. Perfume & Cologne
As a courtesy to those with allergies, please avoid usage of heavy fragrances.
Restrooms are available on every floor.

Every floor is wheelchair accessible, and usher staff are available to help with mobility to and from your seat.
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