The 22-acre Music Center is comprised of a large plaza, fountains, a rooftop garden, an amphitheater, a reflecting pool, outdoor performance spaces, several restaurants and cafes, and four world-class venues – Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, Mark Taper Forum, Ahmanson Theatre and Walt Disney Concert Hall. Established in 1964, the complex hosts hundreds of musicals, festivals, plays, concerts, opera and dance performances each year.
There is no better place to spend a rainy day than a free 90-minute docent-led Symphonian Tour of The Music Center. The Dorothy Chandler Pavilion is one of the tour highlights. Home to the LA Opera, the 3,197-seat theatre boasts one of the nation’s largest stages, as well as an ornately gilded marble lobby. The lobby is most likely familiar to Mad Men fans. In the Season 3 episode “Souvenir,” it masked as the lobby of the Hilton hotel in Rome, where Don Draper (Jon Hamm) and his wife, Betty (January Jones), stay during a business trip.