189 The Grove Drive, Midtown • 323-692-0164
State-of-the-art meets Art Deco charm at this 14-screen complex that evokes the grand theaters of early LA. Great for star sightings.
7165 Beverly Blvd • 323-938-4038 • www.thenewbev.com
Owned by Quentin Tarantino, this historic single-screen theater shows only movies on 35mm and 16mm film, most of which are from his private collection. Significant upgrades in 2018 have refreshed the space.
6081 Center Dr, off Fwy 405 • 310-568-3375
This cutting-edge theater has been aptly subtitled “cinema de lux”. Enjoy recently released movies while sitting in large and luxurious leather chairs.
6360 W Sunset Blvd • 323-464-4226
The exquisite 15-screen ArcLight is the shiny neighbor of the futuristic Cinerama Dome. The lobby leads to a lively café-bar with terrace. Good for star sightings.
6712 Hollywood Blvd • 323-466-3456
This oldest of Hollywood Boulevard’s themed 1920s movie palaces (see The Egyptian Theatre) today houses the American Cinematheque. It presents art house fare and the documentary Forever Hollywood on weekends.
700 Exposition Park Dr • 323-744-7400 • www.californiasciencecenter.org
IMAX stands for “maximum image” and with a screen that is seven-stories tall and 90-ft (27-m) wide (see California Science Center), it’s a fitting name. A six-channel surround-sound system ensures total sensory immersion.
11272 Santa Monica Blvd • 310-281-8223
One of LA’s finest independent theaters, this shows movies that most multiplexes would avoid. The cult classic The Rocky Horror Picture Show still runs every Saturday.
6925 Hollywood Blvd • 323-464-6266
This flashy 1927 Chinese fantasy palace is still the site of movie premieres. Catch a blockbuster here – you may get to sit next to a celebrity. The sixplex next door has none of the original’s historic flair.
5905 Wilshire Blvd, Midtown • 323-857-6010 • www.lacma.org
LA’s famous art museum presents high-brow retrospectives of a particular actor or director in its on-site theater. Catch classic films for cheap on Tuesdays at 1pm.
6838 Hollywood Blvd • 323-467-7674
Old-time Hollywood glamour has returned to LA courtesy of the famed Walt Disney Company, which has restored this 1926 theater. It now functions as a first-run cinema showing Disney flicks, sometimes preceded by lavish live shows.
The statuette got its name in 1931 after future Academy executive director Margaret Herrick remarked that it resembled her uncle Oscar.
The 13.5-inch (34-cm) tall, 8.5-lb (3.9-kg) Oscar has been handed to winners more than 3,100 times.
Ben Hur, Titanic, and Lord of the Rings: Return of the King gained 11 awards each. West Side Story received ten.
A tie – Walter Brennan, Daniel Day-Lewis and Jack Nicholson have each won three times.
Katherine Hepburn, Ingrid Bergman and Meryl Streep are four-time Oscar winners.
Walt Disney – 26 awards.
Shirley Temple, who was six years and 310 days old when she won.
In 1972, Marlon Brando refused the Best Actor award in protest against the US government’s mistreatment of Native Americans.
The Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel, Ambassador Hotel, Shrine Auditorium, Pantages Theatre, and The Dolby (current) are the famous ones.
The official post-award Governor’s Ball moved in 2002 to the Hollywood & Highland Grand Ballroom.