In its first 10 years Disney Hall became more than a home for the Los Angeles Philharmonic, it also became a destination for photographing advertisements and filming commercials, television shows and movies.
Howard Sherman, vice president of operations at the Music Center, said the product of Frank Gehry's imagination works on film because the hall can be so many things to so many people. "If they want futuristic stainless steel curves, this is where they come. If they want a space to do a formal black tie gala in a traditional environment, this is where they can come," he said.
Disney's lobby served as an airport security area for the TV show "Brothers and Sisters." Its intimate BP Hall has starred as a New York performance space in
Kokayi Ampah, who works as a location manager, said he selected Disney Hall for the film "Get Smart" because it could be easily identified as Los Angeles, and for "The Soloist" because the hall was in the film's script.
"We could've used another facility, we could've used something else, but it's the crown jewel of L.A.," Ampah said. "It says you're in L.A."
In "The Soloist" (based on the book by Times columnist Steve
Anyone who has watched broadcast television has likely seen a new car speeding by the hall's exterior. "I think every car commercial in the span of about four years was done here," Sherman said. "It seemed like a law that you had to do it at the Walt Disney Concert Hall."
Here are some the most well-known appearances of Walt Disney Concert Hall in television and movies (with dates they were filmed):
"After the Sunset" (2004)
"Fast and Furious 3" (2005)
"Get Smart" (2007)
"Brothers and Sisters" (2007)
"Iron Man" (2007)
"The Bachelor" (2008)
"Director's Bureau" (2008)
"Transformers 2" (2008)
"The Soloist" (2008)
"Just Desserts" (2011)