Los Angeles Performing Arts

The art scene in Los Angeles extends beyond the screen and onto the stage. A place of artistic innovation and history, one can discover new and challenging theatrical works across L.A. stages, while the city still maintains a respect for tradition with its restored theaters and classic plays. See live music at impeccably designed amphitheaters like the Hollywood Bowl; listen in on captivating lectures

by authors and directors at various intimate spaces. An homage to its roots as a filmmaking mecca, you can also stumble across retrospectives and rare screenings in movie theaters all over the city, often followed by Q&As with the cast.

L.A.'s art scene is varied, and caters to all budgets and tastes. East West Players at the David Henry Hwang Theatre focuses on Asian-American-themed plays, and if an opera at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion seems out of your price range, Actors’ Gang in Culver City offers a free Shakespeare play in Media Park in the summer. The Independent Theatre Company hosts a free Shakespeare festival in Griffith Park, also during summer.

Temperate weather allows for an extended season of outdoor events. Enjoy a classic summer picnic listening to the LA Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl, or watching a play outdoors at the John Anson Ford Amphitheater.

Cinefamily at the Silent Film Theatre is one of the few places that still shows silent films, but they also have a full calendar of foreign films, retrospectives, rare indie flicks, and campy classics you can't see anywhere else. American Cinematheque, showing classic and independent films, operates out of the Aero Theatre in Santa Monica, as well as the historic Egyptian Theatre on Hollywood Boulevard.

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Aero Theatre

This Santa Monica–based American Cinematheque theater first opened in 1940 and shows movies on a big screen. ...

Ahmanson Theatre

The largest of L.A.'s Center Group's three theaters, the 2,100-seat Ahmanson Theatre presents larger-scale classic revivals, dramas,...


This big multiplex includes the historic Cinerama Dome, that impossible-to-miss golf ball–looking structure on Sunset Boulevard, which...

Atwater Village Theater

With two stages and year-round performances, Atwater Village has aligned with three L.A. theater companies: Ensemble Studio Theatre,...

Billy Wilder Theater

Specializing in restored archival film, the Billy Wilder Theater, home of the UCLA Film & Television Archive, presents a number of...

Center Theatre Group

The Center Theatre Group is comprised of three venues: the Ahmanson and the Taper (both at the Music Center campus Downtown) and the...

Center for the Art of Performance at UCLA

An array of arresting events happens here, from the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, to storytelling series The Moth, to performances by...

Dolby Theatre

The 3,400-seat theater and host of the Academy Awards is housed in the shopping and entertainment complex known as Hollywood & Highland...

Dorothy Chandler Pavilion

Though half a century old, this theater maintains the glamour of its early years, richly decorated with crystal chandeliers, classical...

East West Players

Plays at this Little Tokyo theater focus on the Asian American experience and features an Asian American cast. Its Theatre for Youth...


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