Walt Disney Concert Hall, Los Angeles

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The Walt Disney Concert Hall at 111 South Grand Avenue in Downtown of Los Angeles, California, is the fourth hall of the Los Angeles Music Center and was designed by Frank Gehry. It opened on October 24, 2003. Bounded by Hope Street, Grand Avenue, and 1st and 2nd Streets, it seats 2,265 people and serves, among other purposes, as the home of the Los Angeles Philharmonic orchestra and the Los Angeles Master Chorale. The hall is a compromise between an arena seating configuration, like the Berliner Philharmonie by Hans Sharon, and a classical shoebox design like the Vienna Musikverein or the Boston Symphony Hall.Lillian Disney made an initial gift of $50 million in 1987 to build a performance venue as a gift to the people of Los Angeles and a tribute to Walt Disney's devotion to the arts and to the city. The Frank Gehry-designed building opened on October 24, 2003. Both Gehry's architecture and the acoustics of the concert hall, designed by Minoru Nagata, the final completion supervised by Nagata's assistant and protege Yasuhisa Toyota, have been praised, in contrast to its predecessor, the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion.
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  • This is a must see Gehry building that rivals his masterpiece Guggenheim museum in Bilbao, Spain. We spent about 45 minutes studying the outside and we're lucky that a tour or the inside was available...  more »
  • On the back of the structure there is a fountain shaped very beautiful Lotus, also there is a Green party chairs to drink or eat something, and of course to get rid of a little heat.
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  • We went for the first time yesterday and thoroughly enjoyed the concert. It's quite breathtaking on the outside, and the inside has a warm and inviting feel to it. My one beef: this place needs 2-3x more restrooms. The mens room by the cafe has one stall and one urinal. There was a line at every restroom, and the ladies line by the cafe had at least 12 ladies waiting out the door. If you're a little slow getting to the facilities during the intermission, you surely won't make it back in time. I'm no architect, but I have to believe there is a regulation somewhere for this, and Disney Hall fails. Everything else was nice... But seriously hit the restroom in advance and don't drink too much during the show.
  • Amazing sound. The acoustics are absolutely the best you can imagine. The entire environment is equally impressive. Intimate but grandiose. It is definitely worth a visit. Musical Disneyland, magical kingdom of sound and togetherness.

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