Originally built in 1972, the 6,000-seat Universal Amphitheatre gained wide popularity with audiences as an outdoor venue for live performances. The reaction of neighborhood residents was not nearly as enthusiastic. Over the years, many noise complaints were received and in the late 1970s MLA was engaged to monitor noise in the surrounding areas. We did this work over a period of several years until Universal management decided it would be advisable to enclose the facility to reduce the noise impacting the neighborhood. Accordingly, we calculated the structure necessary to limit the noise and it was successfully installed. The interior of the space was acoustically treated in accordance with the design recommendations of Purcell Noppe.
In 1982, after an extensive remodel, it reopened as the third-largest indoor theater in California. In 2005, Gibson Guitar bought the naming rights and today, known for its excellent acoustics and sightlines, the Gibson Amphitheatre is a multipurpose venue hosting major events as well as touring performers.