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
1310 11th Street
Santa Monica, CA 90401
Info The Dolby Theatre, formerly the Kodak Theatre, is a live entertainment theater located in the heart of Hollywood, on Hollywood Boulevard. Since its opening in 2001, the theater has been the permanent home for the annual Academy Awards ceremonies. The venue features one of the largest stages in the United States and ... more
6801 Hollywood Boulevard
Hollywood, CA 90028
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
Club / Theater
Info Located in downtown Los Angeles, The Belasco is a multi-purpose event and entertainment venue. Founded in 1904, the building has a long and rich history having served as a theater, burlesque venue, church, and filming location. After a grand restoration in 2011, however, the theater was transformed into the venue it ... more
1050 S. Hill Street
Los Angeles, CA 90015
8440 Wilshire Boulevard
Beverly Hills, CA 90211
Info The Cupcake Theater is the home of a new generation of fast-paced comedy and musical acts in Hollywood. The venue offers high-quality, affordable shows, featuring the top stand-ups, sketch comics, improv comics, musical theater performers, pop singers, jazz singers, musicians, cabaret, burlesque, and circus acts in the ... more
6520 Hollywood Blvd.
Hollywood, CA 90028
Performing Arts Center
18111 Nordhoff Street
Northridge, CA 91330
Info Grauman’s Egyptian Theatre, located on Hollywood Boulevard, opened in 1922 as the venue for the first-ever Hollywood premiere, Robin Hood. The Egyptian quickly became one of the most popular theaters in Los Angeles and was frequently filled with Hollywood actors, directors, and producers. However, as time went on and Hollywood ... more
6712 Hollywood Boulevard
Hollywood, CA 90028
Concert Venue / Theater
Info Situated in Pepperdine University’s campus in Malibu and overlooking the ocean, Smothers Theatre is the home of Pepperdine’s Center for the Arts. The oceanside view is just one thing that makes the theater so special. The intimate space holds only 450 guests and is often used for dance, music, comedy, and theater performances ... more
24255 Pacific Coast Highway
Malibu, CA 90263
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
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.