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
8440 Wilshire Boulevard
Beverly Hills, CA 90211
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
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 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
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
562 West 4th Street
San Bernardino, CA 92401
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 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
Performing Arts Center
600 Town Center Drive
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
39 South El Molino Avenue
Pasadena, CA 91101
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.