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 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
135 N. Grand Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90012
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
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
Party Earth Review Hip Angelenos who used to venture east of Western only for jury duty now go for LA Live, the jewel of the city’s gentrified downtown scene. An entertainment complex with the Staples Center arena as its centerpiece, the venue offers a vast range of options including a sports bar and restaurant, upscale dining establishments ... more
800 West Olympic Boulevard
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 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
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
8440 Wilshire Boulevard
Beverly Hills, CA 90211
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.