PERFORMING ARTS VENUES

1. Pantages Theatre

prac_info 6233 Hollywood Blvd • 323-468-1770 • www.hollywoodpantages.com

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This Art Deco jewel has been restored to its 1929 glory. Once a movie palace, its eye-popping auditorium hosted the Academy Awards from 1949–59.

2. Walt Disney Concert Hall

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This Frank Gehry creation, the newest part of the Music Center, features cleverly designed seating that makes listening to the LA Philharmonic Orchestra beneath the sail-like ceiling (see Walt Disney Concert Hall) an unforgettable experience.

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Walt Disney Concert Hall auditorium

3. Music Center

prac_info 135 N Grand Ave, Downtown • 213-972-7211

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This three-venue arts center represents LA culture. The LA Opera, directed by Plácido Domingo, makes its home at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, while cutting-edge plays are presented at the Ahmanson Theater and the Mark Taper Forum.

4. Ford Amphitheatre

prac_info 2580 Cahuenga Blvd E • 323-461-3673 • www.fordtheatres.org

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Built in 1920 and embraced by the Hollywood Hills, this intimate outdoor amphitheater presents a multicultural program of music, dance, film, and theater.

5. Greek Theatre

prac_info 2700 N Vermont Ave • 323-665-5857 • www.greektheatrela.com

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Tucked into a hillside in Griffith Park, the popular Greek Theatre has featured such musical greats as B. B. King. Stars leave their handprints on the Wall of Fame.

6. Theatricum Botanicum

prac_info 1419 N Topanga Canyon Blvd • 310-455-3723 • www.theatricum.com

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This lovely theater venue was the brainchild of Will Geer, best known for his portrayal of Grandpa in the 1970s TV series The Waltons. The productions are popular classics.

7. Hollywood Bowl

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Concerts beneath the stars at this natural amphitheater are a summer tradition. The range extends from Beethoven and The Beatles to cabaret and rock. Enjoy a picnic before the show. Cheap tickets are available for some shows.

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Fireworks display, Hollywood Bowl

8. Dolby Theatre

prac_info 6801 Hollywood Blvd • 323-308-6300 • Half-hourly tours: 10:30am–4pm daily • Adm • www.dolbytheatre.com

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Home of the Academy Awards since 2002, this is a stunning venue with a five-level lobby and a grand spiral staircase. Dolby 3-D video imaging and advanced audio technology add to the enjoyment.

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The exterior of the Dolby Theatre

9. Royce Hall

prac_info UCLA Campus, Westwood • 310-825-2101 • www.cap.ucla.edu

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One of UCLA’s original buildings, the 1929 Romanesque Royce Hall once hosted greats such as George Gershwin. Today, the hall presents an avant-garde calendar of dance, music, and theater events.

10. Microsoft Theater

prac_info 777 Chick Hearn Court • 213-763-6030 • www.microsofttheater.com

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This venue presents concerts on the largest indoor stage in Southern California. The theater also hosts awards shows such as the ESPY Awards and the Primetime Emmys.

TOP 10 COMEDY CLUBS

1. HaHa Café

prac_info 5010 Lankershim Blvd • 818-508-4995

This club nurtures budding comics.

2. The Groundlings

prac_info 7307 Melrose Ave • 323-934-4747

TV star Lisa Kudrow (of the TV series Friends) graduated from here.

3. The Improv

prac_info 8162 Melrose Ave • 323-651-2583

Robin Williams tickled funny bones at this famous haunt with an eatery.

4. Comedy Union

prac_info 5040 W. Pico Blvd • 323-934-9300

New and established comics perform here with longer sets than most clubs.

5. Comedy Store

prac_info 8433 Sunset Blvd • 323-650-6268

A legendary club that launched the careers of Jim Carrey and Michael Keaton.

6. Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre

prac_info 5919 Franklin • 323-908-8702

Comedians from the training center perform improv and sketch comedy on a small stage in an intimate atmosphere.

7. ACME Comedy Theater

prac_info 135 N La Brea Ave • 323-525-0202

It presents the best troupe for sketch comedy in LA in its own theater.

8. The Comedy & Magic Club

prac_info 1018 Hermosa Ave, Hermosa Beach • 310-372-1193

Famous comics including Jay Leno (on most Sundays) test new material here.

9. The Ice House

prac_info 24 N Mentor Ave, Pasadena • 626-577-1894

It is one of the US’s oldest comedy clubs.

10. The Laugh Factory

prac_info 8001 Sunset Blvd • 323-656-1336

It features big name acts and promising newcomers of all ethnic backgrounds.

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The Laugh Factory at Sunset Blvd

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