The Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, the first and largest theater of The Music Center, was built in 1964.
It was designed by Welton Becket using a “Total Design” aesthetic. Every facet from the building’s structure and engineering to its interior design—lighting fixtures, carpeting, typography, restaurant china and flatware—was 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 the site for more than 20 Academy Awards presentations between 1969 and 1999. It has been the home of LA Opera since 1986, sharing its stage with Glorya Kaufman Presents Dance at The Music Center.