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Best Entertainment in Los Angeles

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The Music Center

This complex offers informative and entertaining tours around its three major venues. Home of the city's largest stages for music and theater, it has also hosted the annual Academy Awards ceremony. A magnificent piece of architecture in itself, the Music Center is one of the country's largest performing arts centers and sees more than 1.3 million visitors every year. With a history of performances like Beethoven's Eroica, Chamber Music With Eric Owens, Salonen's Piano Concerto, the place continues to host events that entertain audiences. Tours focus on the architecture and design of the buildings, as well as the famous acts that have played here through the years. Tour options include the Walt Disney Concert Hall Self-Guided Audio Tour along with public and private guided tours.

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The Orpheum Theatre

After the Palace Theatre was converted for silent films, the Orpheum vaudeville circuit moved here for its remaining years. Like the Los Angeles Theatre, it emulates the opulence of a French palace, with a marble lobby, a gold gilt ceiling, and a rare organ. One of the landmarks in the region, the theatre continues to host multiple events, shows and concerts. Tickets can be booked online or at the box office, one hour prior to the show.

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The Belasco Theater

This world-class entertainment complex is spread out over 40,000 square feet (3716.1216 square meters) with gorgeous architecture and state-of-the-art lighting and sound systems. A truly visual experience, the space is refined and luxurious. Separated into distinct spaces, The Belasco Theater houses the main theater, ballroom, basement and outdoor patios, not to mention two eateries for those that want to grab a quick bite.

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The Novo

The Novo by Microsoft is one of the best places to catch music performances and shows. Past performers include Nicki Minaj, Prince, Stevie Wonder, John Mayer, the Dixie Chicks and Santana. The space is large, yet small enough for an intimate concert, as there are no seats further than 220 feet from the stage. It also offers superb opportunities for corporate events and exclusive parties. Specially designed for live entertainment, this 59,000 square foot has state-of-the-art acoustics.

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Staples Center

The Staples Center is home to the Los Angeles Lakers, the Kings and the Clippers. At many games, you can catch celebrity fans like Jack Nicholson and Leonardo DiCaprio courtside. It also hosts concerts with the biggest names in the business featured regularly here. The arena boasts a $1.5 million Bose sound system and an eight-sided, high-resolution video scoreboard and public concourses with 1,200 television monitors. It's the perfect place to enjoy a spectacle.

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Dodger Stadium

The pride of Elysian Park, Dodger Stadium is one of the most iconic baseball stadiums in North America, home to the illustrious Los Angeles Dodgers. Inaugurated in the year 1962, this is one of the oldest baseball fields in the United States. The arena has a maximum capacity of 56,000 and offers great viewing angles for the spectators in attendance. The stadium has seen the Dodgers win umpteen West Division titles along with several World Series Championships. A multipurpose facility, its angular walls have also hosted non-sporting events such as a mass held by Pope John Paul II in 1987, and concerts by the likes of Michael Jackson, The Beatles, U2, Elton John, and The Bee Gees.

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The Wiltern

Like the Pantages, this theater was opened as a movie palace in the early years of Hollywood, but has since been transformed to accommodate live performances. Restored in 1985, its art deco design, including a sunburst canopy, which adorns the main entrance, is indicative of the era. In recent years it has become one of the most popular venues for major touring acts.

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Greek Theatre

Located in beautiful Griffith Park and given to the City of Los Angeles as a gift in 1896, the Greek Theater is an outdoor concert venue you must experience while staying in L.A. Though it can seat more than 6,000 patrons, you may never again enjoy such a truly intimate setting for listening to one of your favorite performers. Surrounded by trees, the space offers outstanding acoustics. Whether you prefer classical music, rock, easy listening or jazz, you'll love this place. Ticket prices vary widely and can often be somewhat expensive. Depending on the time of year, you'll probably want to bring along a sweater or jacket, since you'll be seated outdoors in a city that can get a bit chilly in the evenings. On show nights the box office remains open for 30 minutes before the show.

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ArcLight Hollywood

Most people agree: going to the movies these days seems like a chore, with chattering rugrats, overpriced sodas and undercooked hotdogs. The ArcLight Cinema changes all that. The 14 screens, each boasting state-of-the-art projection and sound facilities, should be enough to draw in movie buffs. But ArcLight also features 21-and-over evening screenings, where you can enjoy the latest Hollywood blockbuster or indie flick over a martini (shaken or stirred). Snacking options include gourmet appetizers and caramel popcorn. For film times, ticket prices and membership information, please call or see their website. In April, the annual Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles fills the screens.

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Hollywood Pantages Theatre

Constructed in 1929 in flamboyant Art Deco style, this marble and bronze theater was one of the most luxurious movie palaces during the golden years of Hollywood. The Academy Awards were held here between 1949 and 1959, when classics like On The Waterfront and Singin' In The Rain were awarded Oscars. Today, the Pantages Theater is simply one of the best venues in the area to experience Broadway musicals and intimate concert performances. Plus, its amazing interior design, complete with huge chandeliers and vaulted ceilings, is still in prime condition after a renovation for the theater's 70th anniversary.

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Avalon

Avalon Hollywood began its life as a theater in 1927, and ever since has undergone numerous name changes, and staged several theatrical events and musical concerts, such as: 'Caesar & Cleopatra', and 'The Vagabond King'. This venue is also home to the first ever American Music Awards, and has held concerts for Nirvana, Soundgarden, Smashing Pumpkins, and the Beastie Boys. It is a club. venue, a host to special events, restaurant and more.

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Hotel Cafe

This musical cafe is where undiscovered talent can be found. From unknown to international artists, the Hotel Cafe is the place to be for a intimate live music performance. Friendly bartenders whip up drinks made to perfect, while a menu of small plates helps keep the hunger at bay until after the show. Performances by the likes of Ryan White, Leighton Meester and many others have taken place here.

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