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Best Theaters in Los Angeles

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Mark Taper Forum

An adventurous theater for its size, this venue has brought to life such productions as Angels in America and Children of a Lesser God. Spearheaded by Gordon Davidson for the past three decades, the theater opened with The Devils in 1967 and has since garnered nearly every Tony award, including the 1977 special Tony for theatrical excellence. The theater regularly attracts big name talent such as the likes of Carol Burnett, Al Pacino, Molly Ringwald and Donald Sutherland.

Los Angeles, CA, United States
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Ahmanson Theatre

The Ahmanson Theatre is part of the Centre Theater Group. Since its inception in 1967, it has presented major musicals, revivals, dramas and comedies, sometimes featuring television or film stars in leading roles. Five of Neil Simon's plays premiered on this stage. Recent seasons featured Titanic (the Broadway musical without Leonardo DiCaprio), Sir Peter Hall directing two Shakespeare plays: Measure for Measure and A Midsummer Night's Dream, tap sensation Savion Glover's Bring in da Noise, Bring in da Funk, 'Miss Saigon' and the long-running Phantom of the Opera.

Los Angeles, CA, United States
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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.

Los Angeles, CA, United States
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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.

Los Angeles, CA, United States
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Upright Citizens Brigade Theater

The Upright Citizens Brigade Theater sprang from the brilliantly comedic minds of Matt Besser, Amy Pohler, Matt Walsh, and Ian Roberts after their now famous sketch show that ran on Comedy Central from 1998-200. Evolving into a theater and training center for aspiring comedians, the venue has garnered hundreds, if not thousands of laughs since its inception. Today the theater features comedy of all sorts, from improv and sketch to standup. It also has an improvisational school where budding comedy enthusiasts can learn tricks of the trade. Shows are moderately-priced and guarantee a good laugh.

Hollywood, CA, United States
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Hudson Main Stage Theatre

The 99-seater Hudson Main Stage Theatre is a regular venue for plays and musicals. Owned and managed by the Hudson Theatres, this venue has hosted award winning shows like Telegram from Heaven starring Renne Taylor, Pay or Play with Anne Heche and Amorphous George with Teri Hatcher. The theater is also occasionally rented out for conferences and events.

Los Angeles, CA, United States
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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.

Los Angeles, CA, United States
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El Capitan Theatre

Originally built in 1926, this theater was completely renovated in 1991 by Pacific Theatres and The Walt Disney Company. It's now a premier movie palace that Disney uses to showcase its animated and children's features. Special features begin with a live stage show with a singing and dancing chorus of familiar Disney characters. Often short cartoons will precede the main show. Be sure to call or check the website for the movie and show times.

Los Angeles, CA, United States
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Dolby Theatre

Making its debut one year after the turn of the 21st Century, this venue is an impressive representation of the culture and especially the technology for the new era. The Dolby Theatre has hosted The Academy Awards ceremonies, concerts given by Celine Dion, Prince, Barry Manilow and Elvis Costello, as well as a staging of GREASE with Frankie Avalon, the Dixie Chicks, and the American Idol finals. This major center, with a year-round calendar of entertainment and cultural activities, is a magnet for tourists and locals.

Los Angeles, CA, United States
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Ann and Jerry Moss Theater at New Roads School

Located at the state-of-the-art The Capshaw-Spielberg Center for Arts and Educational Justice in the New Roads School, the Ann and Jerry Moss Theater is an elegant performance center. With a proscenium stage, excellent acoustics, a recording room and a large lobby, the theater has an intimate mezzanine level as well.

Santa Monica, CA, United States
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