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.
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.
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.
Before it became a hugely successful concert venue, The Hollywood Palladium was a spot for awards ceremonies like the Grammys and the Emmys. Although it retains traces of its former grandeur, it currently hosts amazing concerts. Bands that have performed here include The Rolling Stones, The Who, David Bowie and The Clash. It also hosts other events such as seminars, conventions and cultural gatherings.
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.
Burbank’s answer to the Hollywood Bowl, this marvel is a much-loved and frequented concert venue near Stough Park. A wide variety of concerts, from classical to pop, are held in this stunning setting throughout the summer. This beautiful natural bowl offers ample seating, both on benches and in the grass, where guests may enjoy their favorite performers and amazing acoustics to the transporting views of sunsets gradually superceded by starry skies. Visitors are invited to pack a picnic, including drinks of their choosing with no express restrictions imposed, other than non-interference with other patrons’ enjoyment of the event. Pricing is very affordable, enabling music buffs to get their fill during the summer months, after rationing their patronage of rather more expensive concert halls and arenas during the rest of the year.
Tucked away in the Little Tokyo area of downtown Los Angeles, this ultra modern movie theater is known for showing indie films and hosting special events. The Downtown Independent, aside from being a movie theater, is an architecturally stunning venue with steel and glass sleek-shaped cube design that opened after a huge renovation in 2007. This space features just one theater with 250 comfortable seats. Beer is sold at the concession stand, making it far from a usual movie theater.
East West Players was the first-ever Asian American theater in the United States. It produces everything from traditional classics to Broadway productions as well as plays about the Asian American experience. All of the in-house plays are written by Asian Americans and they have a literary program to support writers in the community, encouraging young playwrights and screenwriters to introduce original works. The theater building was named a National Historic Landmark in 1995.
One of the earliest places to run cinemas and plays in Los Angeles, the Million Dollar Theater has a grand history to it. The structure of the building itself takes visitors into the past, with elaborately carved pillars. Inside the theater too, visitors are awestruck by the interiors which leave a lasting effect. It has been the hub of Spanish theater and media productions since its construction in 1918. Today the theater presents Spanish plays that never fail to attract a large audience.
Aratani Theatre is a stunning event space, must-visit for aficionados of performing arts. Inaugurated by a Japanese group in 1983, this theater boasts of impeccable acoustics set up by audio equipment giant, Bose. Its silk curtain is the theater's yet another lavish, Japanese characteristic. To sum it all together, the performing arts events held here effortlessly carry forward the venue's Japanese legacy.