Location: MacArthur Park
W. 6th Street & S. Park View Street
Los Angeles, CA 90057
Located just west of downtown Los Angeles in one of the city’s most significantly historic public spaces—MacArthur Park—Levitt Pavilion Los Angeles has served as a catalyst for the once crime-infested park’s revitalization, transforming it into a safe and vibrant hub for the local community as well as a welcoming destination for Angelenos citywide.
Centrally located in one of the densest and most diverse parts of the city, MacArthur Park—once considered L.A.’s premiere urban oasis—fell on hard times during the 1980s, earning a reputation as one of the most gang-infested and notoriously crime-ridden parks in the country. Local residents stayed away, and its once heavily used bandshell stood closed, covered in graffiti and surrounded by a chain-link fence.
Today, through Levitt L.A.’s annual program of 50 free concerts, the bandshell is once again flourishing and MacArthur Park has become a vibrant destination. The success of the Levitt program has inspired the city to make subsequent investments in the park, including the development of new soccer fields, a playground, public restrooms, lighted walkways and other park amenities.
Acclaimed artists who have performed on the Levitt L.A. stage include Bomba Estereo, Johnnyswim, Rocky Dawuni, Keali’i Reichel, The Dustbowl Revival, and GRAMMY-winning artists like Los Lobos, Karla Bonoff, Jimmy Webb and Quetzal.