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Best Unique Venues in Los Angeles

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This Victorian mansion built in 1908 in the Hollywood Hills is home to the Academy of Magical Arts, an organization dedicated to the advancement of the art of magic. From showy stage magic to subtle card tricks, this organization knows it all. The purpose of the Academy is to advance the public awareness of the art of magic as well as to preserve its history, but only members and their guests can enter this institution. For exclusive members, the castle serves as a restaurant and entertainment venue as well as an educational facility. For people who secure coveted tickets, they can expect an unbelievable show, whether it be a kid-oriented brunch show or a more grown-up evening performance.

Located within the famous Hollywood Forever Cemetery, the Masonic Lodge is considered to be one of the most happening venues in Los Angeles. Host to numerous artists and bands, the venue attracts music enthusiasts in large numbers. Surrounded by the final resting places of Hollywood legends, the Masonic Lodge's uniqueness makes it one of the most coveted music and cultural venues in the city.

This cemetery is as Hollywood as they come. Genuine elegance is provided by its Egyptian temples, Greek statues and Roman memorials. This is the final resting place for some of the most famous names in early Hollywood history including Cecil B. DeMille, Douglas Fairbanks and Rudolph Valentino. The Paramount Studios lot lies adjacent to these grounds, and many of its stars have been buried here. Some of the more impressive grave sites include the water-guarded mausoleum of William A. Clark, Jr. and Douglas Fairbanks’ monument and reflecting pool.

Part cafe, part performing arts space, and modeled after famous coffee house theaters throughout Europe, The Lyric Hyperion Theater Cafe is where you just might see the next up and coming star. A variety of shows take place at this unique cafe, from plays, live music, stand-up comedy, to cabaret and instrumental jamming session, there's always something new and exciting going on. Aside from the entertainment, the cuisine is fresh and simple, with filling breakfast options to sandwiches and weekly specials. A concise menu of beer and wine is also available.

This gorgeous venue rental space is truly a unique Santa Monica gem. Wether you're planning a wedding, special event or corporate function, The Victorian is the perfect setting with just the right amount of glamor and sophistication. Juxtaposing the nearby shops and restaurants on Main Street, The Victorian was originally built in 1892 near the Hotel Miramar and then moved to its current location in 1973. Undergoing an extensive renovation, the property features a wine cellar, stunning library and lush grounds.

Created by two prominent Malibu families, this sprawling winery is home to 60,000 vines on over 65 acres of gorgeous land. Rustic, charming and sophisticated, the Malibu Family Wines is often used as a space for private rentals, whether a special foray, wedding or corporate function, the natural beauty of the area will have your guests in awe. A park like setting, sit back and relax as you take in the live music (on the weekends) and sip on one of their ever-changing flight tasting options. Pack a picnic and you've got the perfect recipe for a fantastic date night.

Electric Dusk Drive-In is LA's only drive-in movie theater. This retro Americana experience lets you drive into the outdoor movie theater, park close to the giant screen, then relax in your car and watch as the movie starts once the sun sets. If you don't want to stay in your car just grab a seat on the AstroTurf directly in front of the screen. If you're hungry head to their snack bar to buy a bag of popcorn. This unique movie theater is even pet-friendly.

Nestled in the neighborhood of Highland Park, the Public Fiction is an art venue. This studio takes the off beat path and focuses on experimental art; it encourages amateur artists to display their work here. Apart from that, it also hosts fun gigs like dance parties, film screenings, karaoke sessions and live music concerts. For more details, check website.

You would be hard pressed to find a child in the city who hasn't been mesmerized by the enchanting puppet shows this iconic L.A. establishment has been producing for generations. The moment you enter this bizarre, magical place, you are transported to a world created by master puppeteers. The productions vary depending on the season, but ultimately it's always a fun place for the kids, especially those under eight. The historic theater's location was moved from its longtime address of West First Street to the York Boulevard in Highland Park. A major heritage and socio-cultural landmark in the world of LA theater, this place is a must-visit.

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