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
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
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
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
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 Cinefamily is a non-profit cinematheque dedicated to showcasing unusual, unique, and weird films. The theater screens films seven nights a week. The Cinefamily was founded in 2007 by Hadrian Belove and brothers Sammy and Dan Harkham. The theater was founded in the historic Silent Movie Theatre building and still ... more
611 North Fairfax Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90036
Concert Venue / Theater
Info Located in the hub of downtown Los Angeles, The Dorothy Chandler Pavilion is a center for the arts and one of the halls in the Los Angeles Music Center. The Pavilion opened in 1964 with a debut performance by the Los Angeles Philharmonic, conducted by the famous Zubin Mehta. With one of the largest stages in the ... more
135 North Grand Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90012
Performing Arts Center
18111 Nordhoff Street
Northridge, CA 91330
Comedy Club / Theater
6468 Santa Monica Boulevard
Hollywood, CA 90038
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.