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Visit Mark Taper Forum



The Mark Taper Forum opened in 1967 and is The Music Center’s most intimate theater. Located between the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion and the Ahmanson Theater, the Mark Taper Forum is a circular building, with an exterior drum that is decorated with an intricate relief-sculpture mural and surrounded by two reflecting pools. The “thrust stage” provides seating on three-sides of the performers giving the audience the opportunity to view the performance from a variety of perspectives. It is the ideal stage for intimate dramatic plays and productions by Center Theatre Group.

The Mark Taper Forum underwent a $30 million renovation in 2007/08. All of the building and theatrical systems were replaced with state-of-the-art designs and improved audience amenities while maintaining the structural integrity of the original design.