Concert Venue / Theater
Info The Majestic Ventura Theater, located minutes away from Santa Barbara, is a live music venue, regularly featuring the world’s most legendary artists of all genres. The space is also noted for its 1920s Mission Style décor. Originally opened in 1928 as a movie theater, the Ventura Theater eventually closed and was renovated ... more
26 South Chestnut Street
Ventura, CA 90031
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
Performing Arts Center
Info Whether you want to rent it out for personal use or take advantage of its production-oriented services, the Complete Actors Place is a one-stop shop for all things acting and film. CAP offers everything from classes focusing on cold reading, scene study, and technique to a variety of services for actors including filming ... more
13752 Ventura Boulevard
Sherman Oaks, CA 91423
1310 11th Street
Santa Monica, CA 90401
Concert Venue / Theater
Info The Mayan Theater, situated in the heart of downtown Los Angeles, is a nightclub and music venue with a rich history. Opened in 1927 as a Mayan revival theater, it was sculptor Francisco Cornejo’s most famous work. After heavy renovation, the Mayan reopened in 1990 with a stage, dance floor, and state-of-the-art sound equipment ... more
1038 South Hill Street
Los Angeles, CA 90015
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 The beautiful Pantages Theatre, located in the very heart of Hollywood, on Hollywood Boulevard, has become one of the most significant landmarks in Los Angeles. Opened in 1930 as part of the Pantages Theatre Circuit, the venue was forced to operate primarily as a movie theater during the Great Depression. From 1949 ... more
6233 Hollywood Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90028
Art Gallery / Music Venue
Info Located in the nonchalant, gritty neighborhood of Echo Park, Echoes Under Sunset is a family-owned art, comedy, and music venue. Echoes Under Sunset sports a laidback, carefree vibe that was crafted by founder Christian Chavez, an Echo Park Native. The multipurpose space hosts film, photography, video, and music events ... more
1310 Glendale Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90026
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
9820 Washington Boulevard
Culver City, CA 90232
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.