Concert Venue / Theater
Info The Fox Theater Pomona is an Art Deco landmark and state-of-the-art entertainment venue, situated within the Pomona Arts Colony, a neighborhood of galleries, nightclubs, and restaurants. Opened in 1931, the Fox Theater was one of the most glamorous movie palace theaters in the United States. In addition to movies, the ... more
301 South Garey Avenue
Pomona, CA 91766
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
Performing Arts Center
Info The Fred Kavli Theatre is a performing arts venue in Thousand Oaks, California, about 40 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 1994 ... more
2100 Thousand Oaks Boulevard
Thousand Oaks, CA 91362
8440 Wilshire Boulevard
Beverly Hills, CA 90211
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
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
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
Club / Theater
Info Located in downtown Los Angeles, The Belasco is a multi-purpose event and entertainment venue. Founded in 1904, the building has a long and rich history having served as a theater, burlesque venue, church, and filming location. After a grand restoration in 2011, however, the theater was transformed into the venue it ... more
1050 S. Hill Street
Los Angeles, CA 90015
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 to 1959 ... more
6233 Hollywood Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90028
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
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
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.