Dorothy Chandler Pavilion
Dorothy Chandler Pavilion
4.5
Monday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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Neighborhood: Downtown
Downtown Los Angeles is a busy metropolis of towering buildings, bustling streets, and industrial warehouses. There is a distinct multiplicity of cultures here with a growing influx of business professionals and hipsters. Many call the evolution of Downtown over recent years gentrification. New lofts, bars, hotels and restaurants are popping up regularly. Downtown is home to some of the very best restaurants in the city leading the LA foodie scene, plus it is the location of cultural and sports venues including the Walt Disney Concert Hall, the Staples Center, and the Coliseum at the University of Southern California.
How to get there
  • Civic Center/Grand Park • 5 min walk
  • East LA Civic Center • 5 min walk
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Shanelle
Santa Monica, CA2,826 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Friends
Beautiful venue for operas and operas. The supertitles were clear and the place was very clean. Even though we were seated very high up for our matinee of the Barber of Seville, we had a good view of the stage. My specific seat was a bit obscured by the railing but that made my ticket cheaper, so I was cool with it. Parking is $10 all day on weekends and in the evenings in the garage, or you can try to find metered spots. Theres a courtyard with tables outside of the venue so you can have a little picnic or opt to eat at one of the many nearby restaurants. Ushers are nice. Bathrooms are available only on stage right at the top floor. There were elevator banks but most people took the stairs. You can preorder food and drinks for intermission. Seats were a bit narrow but still comfortable.
Written November 25, 2023
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elizabethlascheid
Los Angeles, CA4,874 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Family
The Dorothy Chandler is a wonderful place to see the opera or the ballet. It is stunning inside and out. There are areas to walk, dine and drink. It is set in The Music Center in Downtown LA which has other play houses on site.

Parking is easy on Grand in the structure there, and not expensive in the evening. You can also valet your car for about $18.00.

Inside there is not a lot to eat, so dine at one of the restaurants located in the Music Center or nearby.

During the holidays it is decorated with such beauty. The place is wonderful to begin with so you can go anytime.

You can buy single tickets or get a subscription.

The one thing they must do is come up with some new operas. There is only so many times I want to see the same thing. They should try newer operas and not just classics.

You will enjoy your night out. Dress nicely.
Written August 26, 2023
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phvi2617
Anaheim, CA562 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022
The Dorothy Chandler Pavilion is a spacious and grand opera house with a midcentury design that has held up very well. I was here to see "Omar," the new opera by composers Rhiannon Giddens and Michael Abels. The production and sound were excellent. The only drawback was that the sight line from my aisle seat in the balcony was slightly obstructed by the hand rail. Overall, a great experience in a great venue.
Written November 25, 2022
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elizabethlascheid
Los Angeles, CA4,874 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2021
The Dorothy Chandler Pavilion is in the heart of Downtown Los Angeles. It sits on the Music Center pavilion which also houses the Mark Taper and the Ahmanson.

For the most part the Dorothy Chandler shows opera and ballet. We have been many times and I have never seen a poor performance there. They are able to attract the best talent. The Operas are amazing and the ballet perfect.

If you are going I suggest you make dinner reservations and eat at Kendall's, a French bistro right downstairs from the pavilion. You can park in the main lot on Grand Ave. for only $9. If you want you can have your car valet parked on Hope Street and you are right at the pavilion.

Once on the property you will find it a beautiful oasis in Los Angeles. It is all beautiful. It is well maintained and there are fountains, places to eat, places to sit and areas just to walk around.

Once you see the Chandler you will see its beauty. The staff is great, but please inform your staff when doors open so we are not standing around. The staff will help you to your seat.

Inside the place is beautiful. It is always decorated at Christmas time and it is magical. The rest of the year it is just the beauty of the Chandler, with a sweeping staircase and beautiful chandeliers. It is inviting and comfortable.

Inside doors you will find comfortable seats and everything is spotless. Now, if you are seeing the ballet you might want to sit in the Founder's Circle. It is pricey but worth it to see all the magic of the ballet. It is the mezzanine and it sits over some of the back orchestra seats. the balcony is large and quite reasonable in price, but it somewhat far back. I prefer the Founder's Circle for ballet and the orchestra for opera. There are no bad seats in the orchestra, but I prefer row 7 center.

They follow all Covid protocols and I am so happy they do. You must show proof of vaccination upon arrival and you will wear your mask or you will be gone. I was just at a ballet in another City and I felt so unsafe with all the unvaxed and unmasked. This is one thing that is great about Los Angeles if you are on vacation. We don't want to make anyone sick. So, make sure you have your vaccination card with you and a mask.

The Dorothy Chandler has a full bar and there are limited snacks. Please dress accordingly. Yes, this is California, but we are not that casual. Nice pants, a tie and jacket for men really is the minimum. I saw a man once in a velour pants suit in there and so did everyone else as we looked and shook our heads.

You will love the Dorothy Chandler if you want to see a great opera or ballet. Have the best time.
Written December 11, 2021
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SpacePanda
7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
Best date night for the opera here. Take your own drink because they are so very expensive here. Seats are small and not very plus size or tall people friendly.
Written February 18, 2020
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permia
Ireland41,046 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
We looked forward to the Light in the Piazza presentation, primarily a unique opportunity for us to see Renee Fleming. And we weren’t disappointed.

In the great auditorium, part of the inestimable Music Centre, it was a captivating storyline with accomplished performers. Acoustically it was delightful.

Definitely a most enjoyable evening's entertainment.
Written December 18, 2019
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marcfitch
11 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
The Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, is like faded TV star from the 60s/70’s. Lacking the character of the Pantages, or the glitz of her younger sister Disney, Dorothy has clearly seen better days.

Located a stone’s throw from skid row and surrounded by courthouses, Dorothy is in a great location if you are up for arraignment. Not so good if you want to enjoy an evening on the town.

Bustling during the day, the area turns into zombie movie set at sun down. Normal people have vanished, replaced by shuffling zombies creating a palpable air of dread. After the show your only choice is to drive away to more appealing environs for that after show snack or aperitif.

Inside it is too hot/too cold, making it impossible to dress fashionably and remain comfortable for the show. The acoustics are poor. Operas sound muffled and everything looks like it was created by the set designers of 70’s made for T.V. movies.

The piece de resistance is the claustrophobic, neon lit underground maze, a.k.a. the parking structure. More confusing than catacombs, you quickly become disoriented by the twists and turns. Good luck finding an exit from neon Hades if you are cutting it close on time for your show. And god help those who forget where they parked. They will be wandering around for days waiting for rescue by spelunkers or high tech billionaires.

The only reason to visit Dorothy is to see a special show. If another venue available, it is a far better choice than this faded polyester and rayon dream.






Written December 13, 2019
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daddy1020
West Covina, CA199 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
You could see any time of event at the Dorothy Chandler. We have seen plays, concerts, small stage productions, and excellent symphony orchestra performances here. They just redeveloped the outside area. They did an outstanding job. We have been coming here for many years and will come many more years.
Written November 1, 2019
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Romance2016
Los Angeles, CA137 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
The Light in the Piazza is a wonderful opera with an outstanding cast and interesting set decoration. The music from the orchestra is just lovely. The auditorium is beautiful as well as the entrance into the auditorium. Prior to the show there was a one hour introduction to the play with the conductor.
Written October 21, 2019
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James Weaver
Irvine, CA2,171 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2019 • Friends
We attended a performance at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion on a Saturday night. A drive of nearly two hours up the 405Freeway. For those of you in Orange and LA County, you know exactly what this is. As for all you others, six lanes, each way, of traffic moving very slowly at times if at all. We knew this before we left home and arrived for dinner at Kendall’s on time. Walked back to the venue and were seated for the 7:30 performance. This was a combination of two companies, one The Royal English Ballet, the other Company Wayne McGregor. Composer and Conductor was Thomas Ades. Ades had always wanted to try to write music for Dante’s “Divine Comedy”. So this was a tiny bit of the journey through “Inferno” in 13 scenes, performed as a 45 minute continuous dance. It was thrilling, with lighting and music rising and lowering along the journey to HELL. We were really lucky to have in the row in front of us one of the Artistic Directors of the Royal Ballet. Giving us programming notes as we went along. 33 dancers, giving it there all. What a wonderful performance and night.
Written July 18, 2019
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