very cool building, divine acoustics, great emperor concerto, good manners, fantastic cultural center, not happy lapd, magnificent occasional deadend
Great!!!. The place is clean and the seats are great. The acoustics are awesome you can really hear anything from everywhere. I enjoy coming here on weekends with the family and even invite along friends too.
Agree with no children policy.
Totally agree with the no children allowed policy. Recently we had a boy about 11 or 12 seated right behind us who spent the whole concert making noises and kicking my seat. No amount of gentle prodding to the adult that had brought him produced any results. After spending money on tickets, parking and driving downtown, it is not fair to have to put up with children. This is not the first time either, apparently they allow any child over 3 to attend, that is absurd, there should be a sound proof area for them.
Also agree with the comment about the cramped seats and the maze of narrow passageways and corridors to enter and exit. Heaven help us in case of fire or earthquake!
The acoustics is terrific! As good or better than anything else in the world.
Walt Disney HORRIBLE - A BAD Experience for all!!!!.
Walt Disney Hall Will NEVER HAVE MY SUPPORT AGAIN!!!!
Yes It is very Necessary to let other parents know these things!
The house manager is disrespectful to anyone with children and spiteful! My Granddaughter attended a dance show with her parents and a friend and when my granddaughter left to go to the bathroom with her nanny who was leaving early, she was never told she could not come back in. When my 9 year granddaughter tried to return from the bathroom the usher refused entry. The nanny explained that she had to leave and the little girl needed to return to her parents. The house manager came and was yelling at the nanny and made my granddaughter cry. They would not even let a child go back to her parents 8 minutes after the show started, there was to be no intermission and they were not letting her in after the 20 min grace period either. The house manager wanted to put her alone up on the top tier in the back! The house manager went in and out of the doors several times, letting the "light" in, as well as the ushers - why could this little girl just sneak in with them? Her nanny suggested "Are YOU going to watch this little girl until her parents return than?" They still did not let her in. Since we are donors with our name on the wall, the nanny told the house manager he should watch out for his job on Monday! So this nanny waited with my granddaughter in the lobby until the end of the show. When everyone met up at the car, the nanny said that they were followed the whole time they waited by two security guards. When everyone left the building in the same car, the LAPD was waiting for them and pulled them over, after the two security officers pointed to the car. The LAPD said they were called because "The house manager said a woman was acting irrational and they were sure the child was being kidnapped." The LAPD was not happy when he heard the real news. The spiteful house manager was so mad that this nanny threatened him, he actually called the police and lied to them!!!! What a sick man! He really should watch out for his job now!!! We are furious!! I had to let the parents of this city know, never to go there!!!!!
Incredible Experiences. I have seen at least a dozen concerts here and I will keep coming back for more. I have seen modern dance, Keith Jarrett on the piano, operas, orchestras... I can't get enough Walt Disney Concert Hall action!
no refund when your event gets "changed". No Emperor Concerto because the featured pianist cancelled? Never fear, you can hear Beethoven's 4th instead! Not what you paid for? Doesn't matter because all programs and artists are subject to change. They don't tell you that when they promote the event and take your money. Once you pay for your ticket, you are a captive to whatever LA Phil chooses to offer you. So don't be fooled by the promotion or the meaningless words on your ticket. We waited for three months and drove for three hours to hear the great Emperor Concerto only to be met by a sterile placard announcing the "program change." When a feature artists cancels, LA Phil should call a spade a spade and offer disappointed patrons a refund!
Fantastic cultural center. Thank goodness no children under 2 allowed!. With an impressive program of concerts, from traditional classical to experimental, Disney Hall sets a standard for the nation. Dining also offers a range from Patina for quite a lot of money or the cafe for a quick and reasonably priced meal. As for the person who complained about not being able to bring in his or her 2 year-old, this is good news for the rest of us. I don't know of a concert hall in this country that would allow a 2-year old. Call it etiquette, good breeding, good manners, it pretty much goes without saying that this isn't done. But if you don't want to stand on ceremony, there's a good common sense reason why this isn't done. Why expect a child of that age to be quiet and still for hours on end? It's not fair to the child or to the other audience members. For a parent to expect to bring in a child under 2, well this is a level of entitlement that surpasses all consideration for others. For the rest of you readers, you'll be happy to know that your concert will not be interrupted by an adorable but unhappy child, put into an unfair situation by his or her entitled parents.
Walth Disney Concert Hall and LA Phil - A Very Bitter Pill.
It is with regret that I find it necessary to send this message. As a LA native, I have long been a patron of the arts through the Music Center and resident company programs. However as a new parent, and having been informed by them that they have a policy strongly discouraging family attendance of those programs, I find it necessary to withdraw my support from these programs, and encourage other parents to do likewise.
About a month ago, we had decided to take them and our child to a special program here for her first New Year's Eve. My wife called to get the best seats we could, and checked the policy for tickets for children under 2. We were told no ticket was necessary.
As we arrived and went through security, we were stopped and escorted aside by 3 guards. A few more security people came to guard us and inform us that we could not enter, because we had our child. After the supervisor was called, we were told that we could not enter without a ticket for our child, and that they were "all sold out". We asked for the manager who came to tell us that "he would see if there is anything he could do" and that he was the Director and Site General Manager for the Music Center, and that his job was to enforce the regulations, so he couldn't help with a ticket purchase, he could only deny us entry. He further informed us that the Music Center considered it irresponsible and inappropriate to bring children.
We went back to the box office window, the supervisor offered to sell us a ticket (without a seat!), for a 30% premium, or refund the face value of the ticket. She also said, "It would just be better if you went home, we like to discourage children from coming."
Funny enough, after they took our tickets, 4 people came up to buy tickets, however, they were told that the only tickets were $25 above the face value of our tickets. I thought scalping was illegal! The people behind the glass would not sell our tickets as all of their systems went down.
Fantastic acoustics. While I've long decried the outward appearance of the newest addition to the music center (not being a fan of Frank Gehry's architecture), what they say is true: the acoustics are divine. Perhaps it's all the wood. But I was also pleased to discover that while I don't care for the odd angles on the outside, inside they make for a wonderful game of hide-and-seek! In fact, as I meandered through the space, carved out into strange little nooks and magnificent caverns and even the occasional dead-end, I realized that the many chambers are not unlike that of a nautilus, curving in on itself and guiding one to the center, to the heart, where the music is heard and felt. I loved exploring the building and could have happily spent the whole night doing so. Fortunately the performance was great, too, though, so I wasn't sorry for the distraction from my wandering. Now my biggest complaint is not the architecture, but instead the teeny tiny seats with no leg room whatsoever. I was glad the show wasn't sold out so I could move to a slightly less claustrophobic area.
Great sound, tight fit. My first experience was rather interesting. Getting there on a Saturday night was not an issue. Once there, parking was adequate. Disneys greed indeed rears its ugly head once inside, as the seats we were forced into were less than adequate for a normal sized person. Perhaps for the anemically thin waifs which now are held in high esteem by Hollywood might have found this comfortable, but my knees were hitting the head of the person in front of me worse than coach class on an international flight. To top this, during the performance, the temperature got well above toasty. It was hot. The LA Phil does an adequate job performing light classical pieces, and Andras Schiff played with his usual skill, but overall, this lackluster performance, and tight quarters made for what one could call a very interesting evening.
Citysearch Editorial Review. Setting the stage for a classical-music renaissance in Downtown L.A., this state-of-the-art venue designed by famed architect Frank Gehry is a show-stopping stunner of curved stainless steel on the outside and sweeping hardwood paneling inside. The main auditorium is a wonder of aesthetics and acoustics: rippling Douglas fir ceilings create a sense of movement, while adding warmth and resonance to sound quality. The 2,265 seats are arranged in a terraced, "vineyard"-style design to further enhance the aural and visual experience. Along with the main hall, the five-story venue houses the BP Hall, a more intimate space for special events; and the REDCAT, a 250-seat theater and art gallery operated by CalArts. There's also a gift store and two dining options--Joachim Splichal's renowned Patina restaurant and the casual Concert Hall Cafe. Outside, two small amphitheaters host special performances, while landscaped gardens provide an oasis of natural beauty amid Bunker Hill's concrete jungle.
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