AKA: Greek Theater, Griffith Park, Los Angeles, CA

Structure Type: built works - performing arts structures - theatres

Designers: Heath and Gove, Architects (firm); Norton and Wallis, Architects (firm); George Gove (architect); Frederick Henry Heath (architect); Samuel Tilden Norton (architect); Frederick Hastings Wallis (architect)

Dates: constructed 1929-1930

1 story

2700 North Vermont Avenue
Griffith Park, Los Angeles, CA 90027-1247

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The Los Angeles Greek Theatre was located in Vermont Canyon.


Completed through a donation of Griffith J. Griffith, who also gave land to establish the municipal park that bore his name, the Griffith Park Greek Theatre held its first performance on 09/25/1930.

Building History

This Griffith Park Greek Ampitheater was built after Col. Griffith's death (d. 07/06/1919) in 1930 according to a design that he had created. It cost approximately $205,000 to complete in 1929-1930.

The US military requisitioned the Greek Theatre in Griffith Park for housing troops during the Second World War.

Building Notes

Tel: (323) 665-1927 (2008).


The original, bi-lateral Greek bays bounding the stage on each side were removed at some point. Each of these bays was topped by a gable roof and had an entablature supported by two Doric columns place in antis.

PCAD id: 1378