MUSIC CENTER PLAZA RENOVATION

Music Center Plaza Renovation

Anyone taking in a show in recent months at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, Ahmanson Theatre or Mark Taper Forum has had to navigate a maze propelled by construction work around the complex. In August, that will end. That’s because the Music Center last week announced that a dedication ceremony for the revamped Music Center Plaza will take place on Aug. 28.

The project was originally announced in 2016, and the ambitious $40 million overhaul began in January. The project seeks to enlarge the plaza and better connect it with the surrounding neighborhood. Work includes flattening the plaza, which will increase the capacity from 2,500 to 5,000 people, as well as the addition of new restaurants, and infrastructure upgrades including permanent restrooms.

This marks the first major renovation of the plaza since it opened in 1964. The Jacques Lipchitz “Peace on Earth” sculpture has been moved from the middle of the plaza to a spot near Hope Street on the western side.