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 alone, and nearly 6,500 in the audience.
Today the Shrine Auditorium remains the largest proscenium stage in North America. Many of the greatest figures in American entertainment history have performed here, including Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis, Jr., Bruce Springsteen, Liza Minelli, Whitney Houston, Michael Jackson, the Beach Boys and many more. The Shrine has hosted major events such as the American Music Awards, BET Awards, the Grammys, Screen Actors Guild Awards, and Academy Awards, as well as performances by the Kirov, Bolshoi, and American Ballet Theatre. The adjoining 54,000 square foot Expo Center has been host to a diverse array of events such as auto & antique shows, domestic trade shows & conventions, international trade exhibits, baseball card & comic book conventions, and more.
Today the calendar of events remains as diverse as ever, featuring all manner of performing arts events, civic and cultural gatherings, awards presentations, and even sporting events. Privately owned and operated by the Al Malaikah Auditorium Company, the Shrine is part of an emerging cultural district in Los Angeles, located across the street from the University of Southern California and in close proximity to the Los Angeles Sports Arena, Los Angeles Coliseum, Exposition Park and Museums, and a number of shopping and theater destinations.
Shrine Auditorium & Expo Center Information
- Public Transportation: Very Good (a short walk from buses 35, 38, 81, 200, and 442 at Jefferson Boulevard/Figueroa Street; and a 7-minute walk from the Metro Silver Line and buses 120 and 550 at the 37th Street/USC Station)
- Handicapped Accessibility: Good
- Performances/Programs: Approximately 100 events annually
- Ticket Prices: Vary ($20–$100) depending on event and seating.