Culture in Los Angeles

As the entertainment capital of the world, it is no surprise that Los Angeles features so many cultural landmarks. Here in the city of Angeles there is a wide spectrum of live music, live performances, and other cultural highlights.

This list features some performances spaces that are also historically significant locations. The Hollywood Bowl opened in 1922 in a natural amphitheater previously called the Daisy Dell. This outdoor performance space, which seats 18,000 people, has seen various additions and renovations over the years with contributions from architects Lloyd Wright and Frank Gehry. One of the bonuses of attending shows here is that you can bring in your own alcohol and food.

Another historic site featured here is Grauman's Chinese Theatre. This movie palace was built in 1927 and remains one of the premiere cinemas in Hollywood. This theater is located right in the Hollywood tourist zone, just out front is the Hollywood Walk of Fame. For a listing of more historic theaters in Los Angeles check out this L.A. historic movie theater guide.

Moving back to the arena of live performances, the Music Center is an 11 acre downtown complex dating from 1964. It is comprised a number of venues including the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, the Ahmanson Theatre, the Mark Taper Forum and the most recent addition, the Walt Disney Concert Hall. There are four resident companies here: the LA Philharmonic, the Center Theater Group, the LA Opera, and the LA Master Chorale. The Music Center is clearly a cultural giant in the Los Angeles area.

The REDCAT Theater is located in the bottom level of the Disney Concert Hall. This is a gallery and performance/screening space that provides CalArts (a prominent art school located in Santa Clarita) with a venue and showcase in the downtown area.

The places listed here are just scratching the surface of the cultural activities here in Los Angeles. For example (maybe thanks to the many aspiring actors with time on their hands in L.A.), there are a host of small live theaters presenting a variety plays through the city. The live comedy options here are grand and varied as well. And of course the rock music and DJ scene here in the Southland is an epic story in itself. . . .

Hollywood Bowl

2301 N. Highland Ave

Historic concert space... read more

Grauman's Chinese Theatre

6925 Hollywood Blvd
Between Highland and La Brea Aves

Hollywood's Premier Movie House... read more

Music Center - Performing Arts Center of Los Angeles County

135 North Grand Avenue

Tour L.A.'s premier stages... read more

Henry Fonda Theatre

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6126 Hollywood Boulevard

Art platter... read more

REDCAT (Roy and Edna Disney/CalArts Theater)

631 West 2nd Street
Corner of West 2nd Street and South Hope Street

Art in various forms... read more

UCLA Film and Television Archive

46 Powell Library
UCLA

220,000 films & programs... read more

Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences

8949 Wilshire Boulevard

Movie galleries... read more

Theatricum Botanicum

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1419 N Topanga Canyon Blvd
(Highway 27)

Theater, the great outdoors and a picnic... read more

Plaza de la Raza Cultural Center

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3540 North Mission Road
Lincoln Park

A little bit of culture... read more

Shrine Auditorium

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665 West Jefferson Boulevard
(at Royal Street)

Shrine of the stars... read more
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