Theater marquees went dark at 8 p.m. for one minute in memory of the screen siren.
Taylor died Wednesday of congestive heart failure at the age of 79.
The actress was laid to rest at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Glendale on Thursday. Only family and close friends were allowed at the ceremony.
The service was scheduled to start at 2 p.m., but Taylor left instructions to make sure it started late. She was habitually late for things and her publicist said she even wanted to be late for her own funeral.
Taylor made her first appearance on Broadway in the 1981 revival of Lillian Hellman's "The Little Foxes" and was nominated for a best actress Tony Award.
Taylor returned to Broadway in 1983 as producer and star of Noel Coward's "Private Lives" opposite her former husband, Richard Burton. She also produced "The Corn is Green" that year.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.