Since opening to the public in 2003 the Walt Disney Concert Hall has become one of the leading classical music venues in the country. The building was designed by famed architect Frank Gehry, and is noted for its sloping curves and stainless steel exterior. The main auditorium holds 2,265 seats and includes wall-to-wall hardwood paneling and state-of-the-art acoustics, thus giving it a sophisticated sound quality that rivals all other major concert halls throughout the world. The Walt Disney Concert Hall is currently the winter home of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, and also plays host to various other musical performances throughout the year. So if you're thinking about seeing a concert there, or have already purchased your tickets, you'll probably have some questions before visiting. Well, you've come to the right place.
Where is the Walt Disney Concert Hall located?
The Walt Disney Concert Hall is located in the historic Bunker Hill section of Downtown. Its official address is 111 South Grand Avenue, 90012.
How do I purchase tickets?
Purchasing tickets to any event at the Walt Disney Concert Hall is fairly easy. When you visit the ticket page on this website, www.laphil.com/tickets/index.cfm, you'll see various options for purchasing single tickets, group options, and subscription packages. Just click on the appropriate box and you'll be good-to-go. Pretty simple.
The concert hall also has a box office located at the front entrance on Grand Avenue at First Street. It's open Tuesdays through Sundays, from noon to 6 p.m. The box office is closed on Mondays. .
How do I get there by public transportation?
If you don't feel like driving then you're in luck because the Walt Disney Concert Hall is located within a short walk to the Red Line Civic Center Metro stop at 101 South Hill Street. You can find all the information you'll need on specific times the trains and buses are running by visiting www.metro.net
How do I get there by car?
Those coming from West Hollywood or Hollywood can take the 101 South and get off on Exit 3A for Temple Street. Merge onto North Hope Street, then turn left on West 1st Street. From there you'll want to take the first right onto South Grand Avenue, which will lead you right in front of the concert hall.
If you're coming from South Bay and the beach cities, take the 405 South to the 110 North. Get off at the 6th Street/9th Street Exit and keep left until you merge onto North 3rd Street. From there make a sharp left on South Flower Street and continue onto South Hope Street. The Walt Disney Concert Hall will be on your right.
Those traveling from Pasadena need to take the 110 South and get off at West Temple Street. Take the first right onto North Hope Street, and then make a left on West 1st Street. From there you're going to want to take the first right onto South Grand Avenue. The Walt Disney Concert Hall will be on your right.
If you're coming from the San Fernando Valley, take the 170 South and merge onto the 101 South. Take exit 3A for Temple Street, before merging onto North Hope Street. Then make a left on West 1st Street. From there you'll want to take the first right onto South Grand Avenue. The concert hall will be on your right.
Those coming from Orange County should take the 5 North to the 101 North and exit at Grand Avenue. The Walt Disney Concert Hall will be on your right.
What's the parking like if I drive?
A huge public parking lot is located right beneath the Walt Disney Concert Hall and only costs $9. So finding cheap parking should never be a problem if you plan on driving. You can enter the concert hall's parking lot on Second Street or through Lower Grand Avenue. Valet parking is also available for $23. You can see a fairly detailed map of the concert hall's website by visiting www.laphil.com/visit/visit-parking.cfm.
What's the seating situation like?
To give audience member the best possible concert-going experience, architect Frank Gehry specifically designed the interior of the Walt Disney Concert Hall with acoustician Dr. Yasuhisa Toyota so that every seat would have superior sound quality. So no matter if you're sitting in the front orchestra section, or in the rear balcony, you'll always get superb sound.
What kind of food do they serve inside?
The Walt Disney Concert Hall offers two high-end dining options. Patina restaurant seats up to 240 patrons and features elegant cuisine from French-born executive chef Tony Esnault. It's open for dinner and late night supper.
There's also the Concert Hall Café, which is perfect if you're in the mood for soups, salads, sandwiches, even a celebratory cocktail with co-workers. The Concert Hall Café seats 150 guests, 250 for standing room only, and is open from 9:30 a.m. to the first intermission, seven days a week.
Are there any good places to eat around there?
Given its Downtown location, there's no shortage of restaurants within walking distance from the Walt Disney Concert Hall. For authentic Japanese cuisine, Sushi-Gen on 422 East 2nd Street is right down the street. If you're in the mood for pizza, then Papi's Pizzeria is located at 109 East 8th Street and open until 3 a.m. But if a juicy rib eye steak is all you're after, than you can't go wrong with Nick & Stef's Steakhouse, located on 330 South Hope Street.
Where can I learn more about the Walt Disney Concert Hall?
You can learn more about the Walt Disney Concert Hall by visiting www.laphil.com.