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11 theatres in Downtown L.A.

11 theatres in downtown LA

Are you planning a visit to Los Angeles? Considering visiting its downtown / civic center area? Do you like to check out the local art scene in the city’s theatres? In our research to develop a Tourist Scavenger Hunt in Downtown L.A., we came across a lot of information. Some we use exclusively in the actual scavenger hunt, but other we’d like to share with you.

As part of that research, we came across many theatres. You can see these theatres as you do the scavenger hunt. To enumerate, here are 11 theatres in Downtown L.A.

11 theatres in Downtown L.A.

  1. Mark Taper Forum

    • In the Los Angeles Music Center, and to the left of the Ahmanson Theatre is the Mark Taper Forum.
    • Contemporary Tony-Award winning plays present take the stage here. It opened in 1967 and is named for a real estate developer/philanthropist.
  2. Ahmanson Theatre

    • On the far right of the Los Angeles Music Center, on N.Grand Ave. is the Ahmanson Theatre.
    • This is where Broadway musicals are put on. It is named for the second wife of Howard F. Ahmanson, Caroline Leonetti Ahmanson, who founded this theater through a significant donation. It opened in 1967.
  3. Downtown Independent

    • This theatre is a stylish venue showcasing underground & indie cinema, with stadium seating & craft beers on tap.
    • It is located at 251 S Main St.
  4. Los Angeles Theatre

    • This is a dazzling, French baroque-style movie palace from 1931, preserved & available for special events. It is located at 615 S Broadway.

  5. Dorothy Chandler Pavilion

    • Also in the Los Angeles Music Center, and to the left of the Mark Taper Forum, is where the L.A.’s opera house.
    • Opened in 1964 and named for Dorothy Buffum Chandler, the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion houses the Los Angeles Philharmonic and opera companies.
  6. Palace Theatre

    • Another historical, multi-level 1,000-seat theater featuring concerts, movies & other events. It is located at 630 S Broadway.

  7. Walt Disney Concert Hall

    • This building is an architectural marvel. It opened in 2003 and is home to the Los Angeles Philharmonic orchestra and the Los Angeles Master Chorale.
    • A visit to the Walt Disney Concert Hall is free and very much worth your time.
    • When the steel walls were initially installed, light reflecting off them heated up the nearby sidewalk to 140 degrees Fahrenheit! Since then, their surface has tarnished just enough to the panels to no longer affect the surrounding temperature.
  8. The Los Angeles Theatre Center

    • Located at 514 S Spring St, this performing arts center showcases theater, dance & music that celebrate cultural diversity.
  9. Million Dollar Theatre

    Million Dollar Theatre

    • Built in 1918, this venue boasts an elaborate Spanish rococo arched facade & a massive auditorium.
    • It is located next to the Grand Central Market, across S Broadway from the Bradbury Building.
  10. Globe Theatre

    • This old-school movie palace hosts music concerts & dance party nights in an elegant interior. You’ll find it at 740 S Broadway.
  11. Aratani Theatre

    • Located in Japantown at 244 S San Pedro St, this is an 880-seat, medium-sized theatre with a custom designed Bose® RoomMatch® sound system and a warm, intimate ambiance. It opened in 1983.

We invite you to try our Downtown L.A. Tourist Scavenger Hunt. It is a 2-hour guided walking tour throughout the downtown core of Los Angeles you do on your mobile phone (how it works).  It only costs $30 for your entire group. Moreover, you will enjoy seeing the sights and hidden gems you might have missed otherwise. All this while completing challenges and learning about Downtown L.A.’s history.

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