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Los Angeles/Orange County: Venues

Los Angeles Venues: Venues Around Los Angeles

Below are our Los Angeles Venues recommendations, with information on location, admission, transportation/parking, venue history and other points of interest in Los Angeles Art.

Bootleg Theater

Bootleg Theater Information

Public Transportation: Good (a 2-minute walk from buses 14 and 200 at Beverly Boulevard/North Alvarado Street; a 6-minute walk from bus 603 at Beverly Boulevard/North Rampart Boulevard; and a 7-minute walk from buses 16 and 316 at South Alvarado Street/West 3rd Street)
Handicapped Accessibility: Good
Performances/Programs: Programming includes theater, music, dance, and film
Ticket Prices: Range from $15–$35 depending on event.

Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts

The Cerritos Center (CCPA) presents a wide variety of events by some of the most prestigious performers in the nation.  The main season of the CCPA runs from August to May and features approximately 150 performances of music, theater, dance, opera, comedy and more. The Center, which opened in 1993, marked its arrival as one of the premier performance venues in the Southlands with three days of inaugural performances by famed …more…

Ford Amphitheatre

The John Anson Ford Theaters, owned and operated by the county of Los Angeles, are among the oldest performing arts venues still in use in the Los Angeles area.  The original amphitheater (named the Pilgrimage Theater) was built in 1920 by Christine Wetherill Stevenson, chosen specifically as the setting for her Pilgrimage Play.  The play was performed here regularly for decades, interrupted only by a complete rebuilding after a devastating …more…

Gallimaufry Performing Arts

Founded in 2004, Gallimaufry Performing Arts is a relative newcomer to the arts environment in Southern California.  It is dedicated to the creation of work that represents a contemporary bent on the performing arts today.  The name says it all; ‘gallimaufree’ is a 15th century French word for a stew that uses any and all ingredients at hand.

The goal of Gallimaufry is to bring together some of the top tier …more…

Hollywood Bowl (Hollywood, CA)

(Year Round) As the nascent movie industry grew by leaps and bounds in the first decades of the 20th century, so did Los Angeles, with a population of nearly 50,000 by 1920, and a distinct cultural identity. The Hollywood Bowl came into being around that time, first as the name given to the Daisy Dell area of Bolton Canyon, where natural acoustics favored outdoor musical and theatrical performances. ...more...

Hollywood Palladium

Since opening in 1940, the Palladium Theater has become an icon of Los Angeles entertainment and culture.  The building was constructed on the former site of the original Paramount Theater, and funded by then-publisher of the Los Angeles Times, Norman Chandler.  Its inaugural performance (on October 31, 1940) featured the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra with band vocalist Frank Sinatra.  During the Second World War the venue hosted radio broadcasts by Betty Grable, …more…

Irving Barclay Theatre

The non-profit Barclay Theater Operating Company, formed in 1986, is the result of a public/private partnership between the University of California at Irvine, the City of Irvine, and numerous private interests.  Entering its third decade of existence, the Barclay Theater has become known for programming high quality performances in theater, dance, music and spoken word, with a particular interest in the diversity of cultures represented in and around the community …more…

Los Angeles Music Center

Established in 1964 and officially known as the Performing Arts Center of Los Angeles County, the Music Center encompasses four major performance venues on an 11-acre campus.  Each venue serves as the residence for one of the city’s major performing arts organizations: the Ahmanson Theater houses the Center Theatre Group, the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion (3,200 seats) houses the Los Angeles Opera, the Mark Taper Forum also houses the Center Theatre Group and …more…

Luckman Fine Arts Complex

The Luckman Fine Arts Complex (LFAC) is a professional performing arts center that also serves as the main entrance to the campus of California State University, Los Angeles. LFAC stands on the Street of the Arts, a red brick and concrete esplanade linking the various parts of the Complex, with a series of fourteen arches framing a view of the San Gabriel Valley and Mountains beyond.

Built in 1994, LFAC has for …more…

Pasadena Civic

Opened in 1932, the Pasadena Civic has become an indispensable part of the cultural life of Pasadena and the nation.  Radio broadcasts of the big band dances here in the 1940’s helped bring the name of Pasadena to national attention.  The Civic has hosted televised events such as the Primetime Emmy Awards (for over twenty years), Ray Charles ’50 Years in Music’ and Motown’s 25th Anniversary Special.

Some of the most …more…

Segerstrom Center for the Arts

Since opening in the mid-1980s, the Segerstrom Center for the Arts (formerly the Orange County Performing Arts Center; renamed in January 2011) has presented Southern California with the finest mix of performances in music, theater and dance.  It is Orange County’s largest non-profit arts organization and is home to three major resident companies: the Pacific Symphony, the Philharmonic Society of Orange County, and thePacific Chorale.

The original five acre site was …more…

Shrine Auditorium & Expo Center

The Shrine Auditorium and Expo Center is one of the largest and most iconic performance venues in Los Angeles, a major destination for large-scale concerts and events.  The original building was built as the headquarters of the Al Malaikah Temple (a division of the Shriners) in 1906, but burned to the ground in 1920.  It was rebuilt in 1926, a massive Moorish Revival-style venue that could hold 1,200 people onstage …more…

Skirball Cultural Center

The Skirball Center has become known as one of the country’s leading Jewish cultural centers, devoted to exploring the relationship between the Hebrew cultural tradition and today’s society.  Its goal is to spread knowledge of and appreciation for Jewish culture, and welcomes visitors of all backgrounds.  The Skirball includes a museum that features rotating exhibitions, as well as performances of music, theater, comedy and film, and literary events.  Over half …more…