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LA County Supervisors Okayed LA Phil’s Takeover Of Ford Theatre

A production at the John Anson Ford Theatre.
A production at the John Anson Ford Theatre.

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Yesterday the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to transfer control of the John Anson Ford Theatre to the Los Angeles Philharmonic Association.

The Ford has long been subsidized by the county - it’s a 1200 seat amphitheatre with limited bookings and resources - but as of December first, the Ford will be financially supported by the LA Phil which also controls the Hollywood Bowl directly to the west of the Ford across the 101 Freeway and Cahuenga Boulevard. While there was no dissent amongst the supervisors, several members of the LA arts community did stand up during the meeting yesterday to voice their concerns about the transparency of the process and their hope that under the Phil, the Ford maintains its diverse booking roster.


Kyle Stokes, reporter for KPCC who was at the L.A. County Board of Supervisors meeting yesterday, where they voted unanimously to approve the proposal; he tweets @kystokes

Gustavo Herrera, executive director of the nonprofit arts organization, Arts for L.A.; former COO of L.A. Plaza de Cultura y Artes, a Mexican-American museum and cultural center