Info Westlake performance space Bootleg Theater doesn’t limit itself to the Angeleno art of film; here, dancers, musicians, fine artists, and stage actors find a place to stage inventive and experimental works. With institutional support, Bootleg Theater helps bring together all these creators—as well as the odd ... more
2220 Beverly Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90057
Concert Venue / Theater
Info In a young city like Los Angeles, a building over eighty years old is practically a legendary institution. Downtown L.A. venue the Orpheum Theatre has been around since 1926, when it operated as a vaudeville house. Luminaries such as Judy Garland, Ella Fitzgerald, and Stevie Wonder played its stage, and the venue has ... more
842 S Broadway
Los Angeles, CA 90014
Info The Geffen Playhouse, originally named the Westwood Playhouse, is a non-profit performing arts theater situated in Westwood, owned by the University of California, Los Angeles. Since the house reopened in 1995, plays at the Geffen have played an important role in the city’s theater scene. Originally constructed in 1929 ... more
10886 Le Conte Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90024
Party Earth Review Hip Angelenos who used to venture east of Western only for jury duty now go for LA Live, the jewel of the city’s gentrified downtown scene. An entertainment complex with the Staples Center arena as its centerpiece, the venue offers a vast range of options including a sports bar and restaurant, upscale dining establishments ... more
800 West Olympic Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90015
8440 Wilshire Boulevard
Beverly Hills, CA 90211
Info The Greek Theatre is a small, outdoor music venue in Griffith Park, Los Angeles. The Greek’s name comes from the shape of its stage, built in 1929 to resemble a Greek temple. The capacity at the Greek is just under 6,000, making it an intimate show space recognized by Pollstar Magazine as North America’s Best Small Outdoor ... more
2700 North Vermont Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90027
Info Located in the hub of Los Angeles nightlife, Dragonfly is a Hollywood club that offers a diverse array of entertainment with an emphasis on dancing and live music. It’s open Wednesday through Saturday every week, with occasional Sunday events. Décor at Dragonfly is dark, eclectic, and minimalist. The ... more
6510 Santa Monica Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90038
Info The Academy open-air movie theater, owned by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, is an outdoor amphitheater located in the heart of Hollywood. Opened in 2012, the theater is set up on the Academy’s massive campus, alongside the Pickford Center for Motion Picture Study. The site consists of a lawn that can seat ... more
1341 Vine Street
Hollywood, CA 90028
Concert Venue / Theater
Info Located in Highland, California and a 67-mile drive from downtown Los Angeles, San Manuel Indian Bingo and Casino is a gaming establishment that not only offers slot machines, table games, poker, and bingo, but also live entertainment. The casino, built in 1986 and owned by the San Manuel Band of Serrano Mission Indians ... more
777 San Manuel Boulevard
Highland, CA 92346
Performing Arts Center
Info Modeled on Lincoln Center, the Richard and Karen Carpenter Performing Arts Center is a multi-purpose performance space on the campus of California State University, Long Beach, that hosts stage shows, concerts, conferences, and film screenings. Built in 1994, the center is supported by the family of Richard Carpenter ... more
6200 East Atherton Street
Long Beach, CA 90815
Los Angeles is known worldwide as the heart of the movie industry, a fact that causes many people to overlook all of the great Los Angeles theaters that put on amazing shows all over town.
Those looking to get in on some intimate black box theater will find an abundant supply of them along Theater Row, a stretch of Santa Monica Boulevard in Hollywood where more than a dozen small LA theaters, like The Elephant and Celebration Theater, throw down some surprisingly great shows…and some achingly bad ones, if truth be told.
Larger touring acts from New York’s Broadway take up long residences at major spots like the Pantages, Fred Kavil, The Ahmanson, and The Kodak Theater, while equally big theater nights can be had in Los Angeles at multi-purpose players like The Nokia Theater Downtown.
From the Ford Theater just steps from the 101 Freeway in Hollywood to The Kirk Douglas Theater in Culver City to The Geffen Playhouse nestled below UCLA in Westwood, theaters in Los Angeles keep its arts-loving populace well fed.
Prices for theater in Los Angeles can run high, especially for the bigger shows, but a host of online discount services make it easy to find less wallet-gouging prices, especially for those with a little flexibility in their schedules.
For a great date night or just a great night with friends, catching a show at one of the many LA theaters is hard to beat. Word to the wise, however: Steer clear of anything advertised as an “actor’s showcase.” Just trust us on that one. Nothing sucks the fun out of your soul like watching a bunch of kids perform individual snippets of plays or movies from some dingy stage in the hopes a casting director got lost and somehow wound up in the audience.