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The Lights On LA's Big Stages Won't Go On For A While

The plaza joins Ahmanson Theatre, Walt Disney Concert Hall, Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, and Mark Taper Forum as the Music Center's "fifth venue." (Courtesy of The Music Center)
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In a blunt assessment of the pandemic's impact on a leading cultural organization, the Center Theatre Group — which runs the Ahmanson Theatre, the Mark Taper Forum and the Kirk Douglas Theatre — said today it will remain closed until April.

That means the performing arts venues will have been dark for more than a year by the time they reopen.

CTG also said the coronavirus has cost it as much as $40 million in lost revenue, prompting more furloughs and slashing nearly two-thirds of the organization's budget.

As CTG struggles with its financial situation caused by the coronavirus, management recently received an anonymous letter from a group of "Black, Indigenous, and People of Color" emoloyees who say they have yet to see CTG realize its mission "to reflect the community we serve."

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Ahmanson, Taper To Remain Dark Until April 2021