Contents 1 History 1.1 Christine Wetherill Stevenson and The Pilgrimage Play 1.2 Rebuild and Renaming 1.3 Summer Season and Partnership Program 1.4 Ford Theatres Project 2 References 3 External links


History[edit] Christine Wetherill Stevenson and The Pilgrimage Play[edit] John Anson Ford Amphitheatre was built in 1920 as the site of The Pilgrimage Play[1][2][3]. The author, Christine Wetherill Stevenson, believed the rugged beauty of the Cahuenga Pass would provide a dramatic outdoor setting for the play.[4][5][6] Together with Mrs. Chauncey D. Clark, she purchased the land along with that on which the Hollywood Bowl now sits.[7] A wooden, outdoor amphitheatre was built on the site and the play was performed by noted actors every summer from 1920 to 1929, until the original structure was destroyed by a brush fire in October 1929.[8][9][10] Rebuild and Renaming[edit] The present theatre, constructed of poured concrete and designed in the style of ancient Judaic architecture to resemble the gates of Jerusalem, was built on the same site and opened in 1931.[11][12] The Pilgrimage Play was again performed there until 1964, interrupted only by World War II.[13] In 1941 the land was deeded to the County of Los Angeles.[14] The Pilgrimage Play continued to be presented until a lawsuit in 1964 forced its closure because of its religious nature.[15] In 1976, the Pilgrimage Theatre was renamed the John Anson Ford Theatre in honor of the late LA County Supervisor's significant support of the arts.[16][17][18] John Anson Ford (1883–1983) helped found the LA County Arts Commission, encouraged the Board of Supervisors to support the building of The Music Center and led the County's acquisition of Descanso Gardens, among many other achievements.[19] The 1,200 seat amphitheatre and an 87-seat indoor black box theatre built underneath the amphitheatre in 1971 were used intermittently for Shakespearean theatre, jazz concerts and dance performances until former County Supervisor Ed Edelman revived the historic theatre, spurring the creation of the Ford Amphitheatre Summer Season (originally called "Summer Nights at the Ford") in 1993 and obtaining funding for capital improvements to the facility.[20][21] Summer Season and Partnership Program[edit] The Ford summer season's partnership program was designed to enable Los Angeles County music, dance and theatre groups to produce successfully in a major venue. Unlike a typical presenting model, groups and producers are selected through a competitive application process and receive front of house, production and marketing support, while keeping the bulk of the box office proceeds.[22] From that first summer series in 1993, the program has blossomed, supporting hundreds of local arts organizations and producers over the years.[23] Today, the Ford Theatres is dedicated to presenting an eclectic season of music, dance, theatre, film and family events reflective of the communities that comprise Los Angeles County. In addition to its multidisciplinary partnership program, the Ford's summer season includes a 10-part series showcasing thought-provoking artists from around the world, a six-part series for families and interactive participatory arts events that take place at its amphitheatre in Hollywood and at public sites across the County, making the Ford a hub where Angelenos can experience genuine LA.[24] Ford Theatres Project[edit] Starting in 2014, the Ford Theatres began the process of undergoing a series of renovations that would rehabilitate and improve the current historic theatre and add new facilities and amenities within the current boundaries of the Ford Theatres property.[25] After two years of renovations, the Ford reopened in 2016 with completion of Phase One of the Ford Theatres Project.[26][27]


References[edit] ^ Rasmussen, Cecilia (1996-02-26). "The Old Rugged Cross of the Cahuenga Pass". Los Angeles Times. ISSN 0458-3035. Retrieved 2017-10-23.  ^ Ng, David. "John Anson Ford Theatres will reopen in July, with historic outdoor venue refurbished – LA Times". latimes.com. Retrieved 2017-10-23.  ^ "The History Of The Ford Amphitheatre, Which Reopens After 21 Months Of Renovations". LAist. Archived from the original on 2017-11-05. Retrieved 2017-10-23.  ^ "Discover Hollywood - The Ford theatre Past and Future". www.discoverhollywood.com. Retrieved 2017-02-23.  ^ "The women who made Los Angeles the 'Athens of America'". Curbed LA. Retrieved 2017-10-23.  ^ "The John Anson Ford Amphitheatre Gets a Makeover". KCET. 2016-04-28. Retrieved 2017-10-23.  ^ "The women who made Los Angeles the 'Athens of America'". Curbed LA. Retrieved 2017-10-23.  ^ "Discover Hollywood - The Ford theatre Past and Future". www.discoverhollywood.com. Retrieved 2017-02-23.  ^ Ng, David (2016-04-20). "John Anson Ford Theatres will reopen in July, with historic outdoor venue refurbished". Los Angeles Times. ISSN 0458-3035. Retrieved 2017-10-23.  ^ "Here's What Makes the Ford Theatre's Reopening So Exciting". Curbed LA. Retrieved 2017-10-23.  ^ Hardy, Jerry (23 March 2014) "Renewal+Restoration—Restoration Made Easy with Laser Scanning" LiDAR News (Frederick, Maryland) ^ "Here's What Makes the Ford Theatre's Reopening So Exciting". Curbed LA. Retrieved 2017-10-23.  ^ "Here's What Makes the Ford Theatre's Reopening So Exciting". Curbed LA. Retrieved 2017-10-23.  ^ "The History Of The Ford Amphitheatre, Which Reopens After 21 Months Of Renovations". LAist. Archived from the original on 2017-11-05. Retrieved 2017-10-23.  ^ "The John Anson Ford Amphitheatre Gets a Makeover". KCET. 2016-04-28. Retrieved 2017-10-23.  ^ "Here's What Makes the Ford Theatre's Reopening So Exciting". Curbed LA. Retrieved 2017-10-23.  ^ "The John Anson Ford Amphitheatre Gets a Makeover". KCET. 2016-04-28. Retrieved 2017-10-23.  ^ "The History Of The Ford Amphitheatre, Which Reopens After 21 Months Of Renovations". LAist. Archived from the original on 2017-11-05. Retrieved 2017-10-23.  ^ "The John Anson Ford Amphitheatre Gets a Makeover". KCET. 2016-04-28. Retrieved 2017-10-23.  ^ "Discover Hollywood - The Ford theatre Past and Future". www.discoverhollywood.com. Retrieved 2017-02-23.  ^ "The History Of The Ford Amphitheatre, Which Reopens After 21 Months Of Renovations". LAist. Archived from the original on 2017-11-05. Retrieved 2017-10-23.  ^ "The John Anson Ford Amphitheatre Gets a Makeover". KCET. 2016-04-28. Retrieved 2017-10-23.  ^ "The John Anson Ford Amphitheatre Gets a Makeover". KCET. 2016-04-28. Retrieved 2017-10-23.  ^ "Discover Hollywood - The Ford theatre Past and Future". www.discoverhollywood.com. Retrieved 2017-02-23.  ^ "The John Anson Ford Amphitheatre Gets a Makeover". KCET. 2016-04-28. Retrieved 2017-10-23.  ^ "A Much-Needed Makeover for The Ford Theatre". KCRW. Retrieved 2017-02-23.  ^ Ng, David (2016-04-20). "John Anson Ford Theatres will reopen in July, with historic outdoor venue refurbished". Los Angeles Times. ISSN 0458-3035. Retrieved 2017-10-23. 


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