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
Comedy Club / Theater
6468 Santa Monica Boulevard
Hollywood, CA 90038
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 Director’s Guild of America (DGA) Theater Complex is one of the most distinguished film premiere and screening facilities in the United States. Opened in 1989, the building serves at the national headquarters of the DGA and is considered a Hollywood landmark. Situated in the heart of West Hollywood on Sunset Boulevard ... more
7920 W Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90046
Performing Arts Center
Info The Fred Kavli Theatre is a performing arts venue in Thousand Oaks, California, about forty miles northwest of Los Angeles. The theater is part of the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, which houses several performance venues and arts administration buildings. Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza had its opening season in ... more
2100 Thousand Oaks Boulevard
Thousand Oaks, CA 91362
562 West 4th Street
San Bernardino, CA 92401
Reviewed by Channelle B.
"If you are thinking to spend time with your family, I recommend this place ..." more
180 Promenade Way
Thousand Oaks, CA 91362
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 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 Ahmanson Theatre, located in Downtown Los Angeles, is one of the four main venues that are a part of the Los Angeles Music Center. Opened in 1967, it is named after philanthropist Howard F. Ahmanson, Sr. The Ahmanson Theatre regularly presents a wide variety of original live theater performances, including dramas ... more
135 North Grand Avenue
Los Angeles, CA, 90012
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
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.