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Best Performing Arts in Los Angeles

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Dorothy Chandler Pavilion

The grandeur of Dorothy Chandler Pavilion alone makes it worth a visit to this stately venue, which is one of the three concert houses that make up the Los Angeles Music Center. Home to the Los Angeles Opera, the Philharmonic Orchestra, the Los Angeles Master Chorale and occasionally the Academy Awards, the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion is a grand venue of opulence. The crystal chandeliers are breathtaking. Inside the theater, the acoustics are state-of-the-art and every seat, even in the highest balcony, is a good seat. This venue also hosts visiting companies, including major ballet troupes. Tickets for all performances and shows are available at the Box Office.

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Walt Disney Concert Hall

The Walt Disney Concert Hall is one of the most sophisticated concert halls in the world today. It is acoustically and aesthetically advanced, home to the Los Angeles Philharmonic, and a monument to the Walt Disney family's vision. Walt Disney's family made the initial contribution of USD50 million. The Walt Disney Concert Hall is the fourth addition to the Music Center of Los Angeles County. It has an urban park, expansive public gardens, ornamental landscaping, and water elements designed by Melinda Taylor and Lawrence Reed Moline. With a seating capacity of 2265, the Walt Disney Concert Hall is a prized entertainment avenue for the people of Los Angeles. It is also known for the REDCAT (Roy and Edna Disney/CalArts Theater) located here. Audio Tours are also offered to the public.

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The Regent

The Regent dates back to the early 20th Century and is a widely photographed site. This historic theater closed down down in 2000. It was purchased by ace entrepreneur Mitchell Frank who has turned this old theater into a vibrant space featuring three distinct areas. So you can dine at their restaurant or unwind at their trendy bar. But the main focus here is live entertainment. Enjoy concerts and gigs by touring bands and talented local musicians at The Regent.

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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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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.

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Clive Davis Theater

Situated in Downtown Los Angeles, The Grammy Museum is your one-stop source for all things related to the prestigious awards. The museum also aims to pique visitors' interest about different musical genres, and one of its facilities, the Clive Davis Theater goes a long way in achieving this aim. This 200-capacity theater has been recognized as one of the best music venues in Downtown Los Angeles, and has played host to performances by the likes of Todd Rundgren and Kenny Chesney. With facilities like Wi-Fi and an HD projector, this theater also makes the ideal setting for meetings and film screenings.

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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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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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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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Hollywood Bowl

Perhaps the best way to spend a summer evening in Los Angeles is at this huge amphitheater, the Hollywood Bowl, that offers jazz, pop and classical concerts for the denizens of Los Angeles. The sound quality is excellent from any point, although binoculars are suggested for the seats in the far back. The summer home of the L.A. Philharmonic since 1922 and the home of its very own Hollywood Bowl Orchestra since 1991, numerous guest stars from Itzhak Perlman to Tony Bennett have performed their selections in this much loved, relaxed concert alternative.

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Geffen Playhouse and Audrey Skirball Kenis Theater

This is a relatively small theater that primarily stages the works of established playwrights. Many of the works presented are Tony award winners or were successful with off-Broadway productions. Before UCLA revamped the theater, it served as a multi-purpose stage from 1929 until the mid-1970s. By special arrangement with the Geffen, UCLA theater students are able to learn from and work with the distinguished visiting artists at the theater through master classes and professional internships.

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