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Back to Basics: Why the Academy Awards Should Return to the Music Center

Photograph courtesy Welton Becket archives

Oscar night used to be cinema’s coolest cocktail party—not a glitzy PR campaign. For those golden years the Academy should thank the Los Angeles Music Center, the opulent performance space that’s celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. Designed by Welton Becket and Associates in 1962, the center’s modern structures were intended to be a “crown jewel on the top of the hill that could be visited by everyone,” says Bruce Becket, the famed architect’s son. These gems include the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, one of L.A.’s most elegant venues and home to the entertainment industry’s top honors off and on from the ’70s to the ’90s. Named for the wife of former Los Angeles Times publisher Norman Chandler, the pavilion is where Charlton Heston missed his cue because he got a flat on the freeway, Sacheen Littlefeather rejected Marlon Brando’s award for The Godfather, and a naked man upstaged David Niven. But the appeal is more than nostalgia: The building’s clean lines and creative legacy would give the show some much-needed groove.

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  1. Philip Mershon posted on 02/25/2014 02:50 PM
    Here Here!
  2. Anne L. posted on 02/28/2014 12:50 PM
    I think a return downtown is much need for the sanity of the Hollywood residents as well! Driving through the area last night was a bit of a disaster, four days before the event! The Dorothy Chandler was the perfect back drop for the elegance the Oscars used to have and are sorely lacking today. I hope that someday soon we will see the Oscars move back at the Los Angeles Music Center.
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