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 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
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
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 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
562 West 4th Street
San Bernardino, CA 92401
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
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
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
Performing Arts Center
12700 Center Court Drive South
Cerritos, CA 90703
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.