9820 Washington Boulevard
Culver City, CA 90232
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
8440 Wilshire Boulevard
Beverly Hills, CA 90211
Concert Venue / Theater
Info The El Rey Theatre, situated in the Miracle Mile area of Mid-Wilshire in Los Angeles, is an historic venue known for everything from movie screenings to live rock concerts. The El Rey (The King) was originally built in 1936 as a standalone movie theater – and operated as such for most of its history until converting to ... more
5515 Wilshire Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90036
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
1310 11th Street
Santa Monica, CA 90401
Performing Arts Center
600 Town Center Drive
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
Concert Venue / Theater
Info Located in Highland, California and a 67-mile drive from downtown Los Angeles, San Manuel Indian Bingo and Casino is a gaming establishment that not only offers slot machines, table games, poker, and bingo, but also live entertainment. The casino, built in 1986 and owned by the San Manuel Band of Serrano Mission Indians ... more
777 San Manuel Boulevard
Highland, CA 92346
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 ... more
6233 Hollywood Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90028
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
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.