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
135 N. Grand Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90012
Info Grauman’s Egyptian Theatre, located on Hollywood Boulevard, opened in 1922 as the venue for the first-ever Hollywood premiere, Robin Hood. The Egyptian quickly became one of the most popular theaters in Los Angeles and was frequently filled with Hollywood actors, directors, and producers. However, as time went on and Hollywood ... more
6712 Hollywood Boulevard
Hollywood, CA 90028
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 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
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
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
1310 11th Street
Santa Monica, CA 90401
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
Concert Venue / Theater
Info The Nokia Theatre is an entertainment venue situated at L.A. Live in Downtown Los Angeles. Opened in 2007, the theater has regularly hosted a number of events, such as live concerts, award shows, dance and comedy acts, and televised productions. With a 7,100-person capacity, the Nokia Theatre currently hosts the Emmy Awards ... more
777 Chick Hearn Court
Los Angeles, CA 90015
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.