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Los Angeles Entertainment

Los Angeles Entertainment Overview

Los Angeles

Los Angeles entertainment includes large theaters for major concerts, small community theaters for local plays, comedy clubs, outdoor shopping & entertainment centers, local piers, dinner shows and more. See top performers at the Gibson Amphitheater at Universal Studios. Catch an up-and-coming band at the Whisky-a-Go-Go on the Sunset Strip. Find entertainment complexes like the L.A. Music Center and L.A. Live. From the world-renowned Hollywood Bowl to the Staples Center for major sporting events & concerts, you're sure to find great entertainment in L.A.

Hollywood Entertainment

Universal City Walk is located in Universal Studios Hollywood in North Hollywood. This is an outdoor mall that includes restaurants, shops and entertainment. Shops include Dodgers Clubhouse where you can purchase Dodger's baseball merchandise and the Universal Studios Store. Entertainment includes an amphitheater, B.B.King Blues club, a comedy club and more fun things to do in L.A. The Hard Rock Hollywood café hosts live music and serves American food favorites with Southern flair. Universal City Walk is one of the more popular things to do in L.A.

Universal City Walk
Universal Studios Blvd.
Universal City, California 91608
(818) 622-4455

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Gibson Amphitheater is found off Highway 101 at the Universal Studios exit. Formerly Universal Amphitheater, it's not a true amphitheater since a roof was applied in the 90's. This is a large venue that hosts top bands performing everything from Rap and R&B to rock and country.

Gibson Amphitheater
1000 Universal City Plaza
Universal City, California 91608
(818) 622-4440

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Hollywood Bowl is situated off Highway 101 near the Odin Street exit. This shell-shaped amphitheater is a Hollywood landmark and hosts orchestras and other musical events. The big names play at 'The Bowl,' which have included Nat King Cole, B.B. King, Willie Nelson and so many more. This is where the L.A. Philharmonic performs and other events include blues & jazz festivals. The Hollywood Bowl is among the most iconic L.A. attractions.

TIP: Get there early and bring picnic items or purchase a box lunch at 'The Bowl'... It's the thing to do. Picnic areas exist throughout the surrounding hills or enter 'The Bowl' and picnic on the lawn.

Hollywood Bowl
2301 N. Highland Avenue
Hollywood, California 90068
(323) 850-2000

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Grauman's Chinese Theatre

Hollywood & Highland is located off Highway 101 and the Hollywood Boulevard exit. This is the heart of Hollywood where Grauman's (Mann's) Chinese Theatre, El Capitan Theatre, Dolby Theatre, Hollywood Wax Museum, Hollywood Walk of Fame draw millions of visitors each year. The Hollywood & Highland Center offers outdoor shopping, dining and viewing walkways of the Hollywood sign. Many movies premier at Mann's Chinese and El Capitan Theaters. Nightclubs and other Hollywood hot spots are within walking distance. Visiting Hollywood and Highland is one of the more popular things to do in L.A.

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Hollywood & Highland
Hollywood Boulevard & Highland Avenue
Hollywood, California 90028

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Formerly the Henry Fonda Theatre and The Music Box, The Fonda Theatre is found on Hollywood Boulevard near Highway 101. This small theater hosts D.J.s and bands performing rock, punk, R&B, rap, techno and more.

The Fonda Theatre
6126 Hollywood Boulevard
Los Angeles, California 90028
(323) 464-0808

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The Sunset Strip is a section of Sunset Boulevard that has a dense grouping of popular night clubs, comedy clubs, restaurants and shops. Here you will find the famous Whiskey a Go-Go where many popular bands get their start plus The Roxy, Viper Room, Key Club and more. The Laugh Factory and The Comedy Store are where Jim Carey and Richard Pryor got their big breaks. The Sunset Plaza is a small shopping center that attracts high-end retailers and big celebrities. The Sunset Strip offers a variety of things to do in L.A.

The Sunset Strip
8400 W. Sunset Boulevard
West Hollywood, California 90069

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Hollywood Palladium is situated on Sunset Boulevard near Vine Street. This historic venue originally opened with Frank Sinatra and the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra and now hosts rock, punk and Latin bands.

Hollywood Palladium
6215 W Sunset Boulevard
Hollywood, California 90028
(323) 962-7600

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Greek Theatre is located in Griffith Park northeast of Hollywood. This amphitheater in the trees hosts top musical performers of rock, country, R&B and more.

The Greek Theatre
2700 North Vermont Avenue
Los Angeles, California 90027
(323) 665-1927

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Wiltern Theatre is found near Western Avenue between Interstate 10 and Highway 101. This Art Deco Landmark is a L.A. Historic Monument and features musical performers of rock, country, new age and more.

The Wiltern Theatre
3790 Wilshire Boulevard
Los Angeles, California 90010
(213) 388-1400

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Downtown L.A. Entertainment

Los Angeles Music Center is situated in downtown Los Angeles, the L.A. Music Center is the largest performing arts center in the United States. The Music Center is home to the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, Ahmanson Theater, Mark Taper Forum, Walt Disney Concert Hall, W.M. Keck Children’s Amphitheater, Music Center Plaza and the Redcat Theater. They host events in dance, symphony, concerts, ballet, musicals and more. Resident companies include the Center Theatre Group, LA Opera, LA Phil and LA Master Chorale.

The L.A. Music Center
245 N. Grand Ave
Los Angeles, California 90012
(213) 972-7211

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  • Walt Disney Concert Hall was built by renowned architect Frank Gehry and is a remarkable structure of stainless steel with waves, curves and protrusions jutting upward as if they grew like crystals. It is designed to be one of the most acoustically sophisticated concert halls in the world. The Walt Disney Concert Hall is one of the most photographed L.A. attractions. This is the home of the L.A. Philharmonic, and many other events are held here included rock concerts and Hollywood award shows. The grounds also include gardens that are a favorite place for business people and locals to escape the urban sprawl.

    Walt Disney Concert Hall
    111 S. Grand Avenue
    Los Angeles, California 90012
    (323) 850-2000
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  • Ahmanson Theatre is a moderate-sized venue that hosts the theatrical performances of the Center Theatre Group.

    Ahmanson Theatre
    245 N. Grand Avenue
    Los Angeles, California 90012
    (213) 628-2772
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  • Dorothy Chandler Pavilion is home to the LA Opera and features a moderate-sized, 5-story theater that's lavishly decorated in dangling crystals.

    Dorothy Chandler Pavilion
    135 N. Grand Avenue
    Los Angeles, California 90012
    (213) 972-0711
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  • Mark Taper Forum is a small venue that hosts the theatrical performances of the Center Theatre Group.

    Mark Taper Forum
    601 W. Temple Street
    Los Angeles, California 90012
    (213) 628-2772
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L.A. Live is located in downtown Los Angeles off Interstates 10 & 110, near the Convention Center. L.A. Live is an entertainment complex comprised of the Staples Center, Microsoft Theater, cinemas, nightclubs, hotels, restaurants and more. The Staples Center is home to Lakers and Clippers basketball and Kings hockey. With 20,000 seats at the Staples Center on down to 2,300 at Club Nokia, L.A. Live hosts all the major concerts including outdoor events in Microsoft Square. Choices for stay include the Ritz Carlton or J.W. Marriott. Great restaurant choices include Fleming's Prime Steakhouse, Lawry's Carvery, The Yard House and Katsuya, which is known for it's great views of Downtown. The Grammy Museum is situated next to the Microsoft Theater and showcases the history of the Grammy Awards and celebrates accomplished musicians. L.A. Live offers a plethora of things to do in L.A.

L.A. Live
800 W. Olympic Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90015
(866) 548-3452

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  • Staples Center is found in Downtown Los Angeles at the L.A. Live entertainment complex. The Staples Center is home to Lakers and Clippers basketball and Kings hockey and hosts many different events including concerts, boxing, ice skating and much more.

    Staples Center
    1111 S Figueroa Street
    Los Angeles, CA 90015
    (213) 742-7100
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  • Microsoft Theater is situated in Downtown Los Angeles off Interstates 10 & 110 at the L.A. Live entertainment complex. Formerly known as the Nokia Theatre, this mid-sized venue hosts top performers, orchestras, television broadcasts and awards ceremonies. Only open since 2007, Microsoft Theater has hosted performers like Neil Young, The Eagles, Dixie Chicks, Anita Baker and Mary J. Blige. Television events include So You Think You Can Dance and the American Music Awards.

    Microsoft Theater
    777 Chick Hearn Court
    Los Angeles, CA 90015
    (213) 763-6030
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  • Club Nokia is located in Downtown Los Angeles off Interstates 10 & 110 in the L.A. Live entertainment complex. This small venue hosts up-and-coming and local artists. At nearly one-tenth the size of the Staples Center, Club Nokia offers a more personal experience. Other events include boxing, celebrations and more.

    Club Nokia
    800 W Olympic Blvd
    Los Angeles, CA 90015
    (213) 765-7000
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California Plaza is found in the heart of downtown L.A. Grand Performances hosts free music, theater and art events during the summer in this unique venue amongst towering high rise buildings. Two theaters, the WaterCourt Stage and Marina Pavilion Amphitheater can entertain more than 5,000 spectators and surround a picturesque water fountain and pond. Several nearby restaurants offer take-out choices that can be carried to the plaza.

California Plaza
350 S. Grand Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90071
(213) 687-2190

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Pershing Square is situated in the heart of downtown L.A. Pershing Square is an outdoor concert and event center situated in a public park. Events include weekday lunchtime concerts, tribute bands, movie nights, salsa dancing, art shows and more. Pershing Square always has a unique variety of things to do in L.A.

Pershing Square
530 South Olive Street
Los Angeles, CA 90013
(213) 847-4970

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The Orpheum Theatre is located in downtown L.A., the Orpheum is not just an entertainment venue but a city landmark. Since its 1926 opening the Orpheum has hosted greats like Judy Garland, Jack Benny, Ella Fitzgerald, Aretha Franklin and Little Stevie Wonder. Today the Orpheum hosts top performers as well as up-and-coming acts in a moderate-sized art deco theater. The Orpheum is one of many unique L.A. attractions.

The Orpheum Theatre
842 South Broadway
Los Angeles, CA 90014
(877) 677-4386

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Pasadena Entertainment

The Pasadena Playhouse is found off the 210 freeway in the heart of Pasadena. This moderated-sized historic theater is the official 'State Theatre of California' since 1937. The Spanish Colonial Revival interior has been the setting of many award-winning plays, musicals and concerts with up-and-coming stars like Victor Mature, Gene Hackman, Dustin Hoffman, Laurence Fishburne, Angela Bassett, Richard Chamberlain, Val Kilmer and Wayne Brady. The Pasadena Playhouse is one of the iconic L.A. attractions.

The Pasadena Playhouse
39 S. El Molino Ave
Pasadena, CA 91101
(626) 356-7529

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Santa Monica Entertainment

Santa Monica Pier is situated where Interstate 10 meets the Pacific Ocean. Attractions include Pacific Park (a boardwalk park with roller coasters and thrill rides), an arcade, aquarium, souvenir shops and restaurants. The nearby Santa Monica Place offers shopping from some of the major retailers like Macy's and Robinson's May. Continuing 3 blocks north from Santa Monica Place along 3rd Street is the 3rd Street Promenade. This promenade offers an outdoor shopping and entertainment venue along 3 blocks of pedestrian-only streets. The Santa Monica pier offers an assortment of fun things to do in L.A.

Santa Monica Pier
200 Santa Monica Pier
Santa Monica, CA 90401
(310) 458-8900

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Fisherman's Village is located in Marina del Rey off Highways 1 & 90. Modeled after a New England seaport village, Fisherman's Village offers many souvenir shops, restaurants and entertainment options. Sailboat, kayak, jet ski and boat rentals are available nearby and deep sea fishing charters leave several times daily. Fisherman's Village has plenty of fun things to do in L.A.

Fisherman's Village
13700 Fiji Way
Marina Del Rey, California 90292

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The Dinner Detective

The Dinner Detective is found in Culver City at the intersection of the 90 and 405 freeways off Centinela Avenue. The Dinner Detective® hosts interactive murder mystery dinner shows at the Doubletree Hotel. Help to solve a murder case with a touch of comedy while you enjoy a fantastic four-course meal. Everyone is a suspect, even you, and the killer may be sitting at your table. The Top Sleuth of the evening is awarded a prize package at the end.

The Dinner Detective
Doubletree Hotel
Culver's Jazz Club
6161 W Centinela Avenue
Culver City, CA 90230
(866) 496-0535

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South Bay Entertainment

Manhattan Beach Pier is situated off the 405 Freeway from either the Inglewood Avenue or Hawthorne Boulevard exits. Manhattan Beach is best known for its huge sand beach with dozens of volleyball courts. A cement bike path called 'The Strand', runs through Manhattan connecting with several other South Bay beaches. At the end of its iconic pier is the Roundhouse Aquarium featuring local fish species. The Manhattan Beach Pier and several blocks leading to it are a hub for entertainment with multiple bars, clubs and restaurants. Local favorite hot spots include Simmzy's, Shark's Cove and Shellback Tavern.

Manhattan Beach Pier
Manhattan Beach Blvd.
Manhattan Beach, CA 90266

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Hermosa Beach Pier is located off the 405 Freeway from Artesia Boulevard. Hermosa Beach is best known for its huge sand beach and clean surf breaks. A cement bike path called 'The Strand', runs through Hermosa connecting with several other South Bay beaches. The Hermosa Beach Pier and surrounding streets are a hub for entertainment with multiple bars, clubs and restaurants. Local favorite hot spots include Blue 32, Dragon, The Lighthouse café, Patrick Molloy's, Sangria and more.

Hermosa Beach Pier
Pier Avenue
Hermosa Beach, CA 90254

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Redondo Beach Pier is found off the 405 Freeway from Crenshaw or Hawthorne Boulevards. Redondo Beach is best known for King Harbor and the 'Horseshoe Pier'. A cement bike path called 'The Strand', runs through Redondo connecting with several other South Bay beaches. The Redondo Beach Pier hosts events like festivals, car shows, concerts and holiday celebrations throughout the year. Brixton South Bay is a state-of-the-art entertainment lounge with live music, dancing and private V.I.P. seating including cocktail and bottle service.

Redondo Beach Pier
415 Diamond Street
Redondo Beach, CA 90277

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Long Beach Entertainment

Long Beach Convention Center is situated within Rainbow Harbor and The Pike in Long Beach. The facility contains the Long Beach Convention Center, Long Beach Terrace Theater, a ballroom and Long Beach Arena. Together they host many different events including professional hockey, concerts, theatrical plays, ice skating and more. Once a year in the Spring the entire complex is encompassed by the Long Beach Grand Prix. There are plenty of fun things to do in L.A. at the Long Beach Entertainment Center.

Long Beach Convention & Entertainment Center
300 East Ocean Boulevard
Long Beach, California 90802
(562) 436-3636

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Movies on the Beach is hosted by Alfredo's Beach Club of Long Beach. Watch family-friendly movies on the beach Monday & Tuesday nights at sunset. Movies include everything from classics like Casablanca, King Kong and The Birds, to comedy, thrillers and sci-fi like JAWS, E.T. and The Muppet Movie. Plenty of free parking. Bring your own beach chairs and blankets. Alfredo's has several choices for fun things to do in L.A.

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Alfredo's Beach Club
5101 E. Ocean Blvd
Long Beach, CA 90803
(562) 477-6820

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The Dinner Detective is located off the 710 freeway at The Pike in Long Beach. The Dinner Detective® hosts interactive murder mystery dinner shows on the Grand Romance Riverboat in Rainbow Harbor. Help to solve a murder case with a touch of comedy while you enjoy a fantastic four-course meal. Everyone is a suspect, even you, and the killer may be sitting at your table. The Top Sleuth of the evening is awarded a prize package at the end.

The Dinner Detective
The Grand Romance
200 Aquarium Way Dock #4
Long Beach, CA 90803
(866) 496-0535

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Warner Grand Theatre is found at the southern end of the 110 freeway near the L.A. Waterfront. Situated in downtown San Pedro, the Warner Grand is a restored 1930's art deco theater that hosts theatrical plays, concerts, ballet, opera and other theater arts. The 1,500-seat theater attracts local, up-and-coming artists as well as mainstream performers.

Warner Grand Theatre
478 W. 6th Street
San Pedro, CA 90731
(310) 548-2493

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