Los Angeles is one of the country’s biggest markets, with over four million residents. As such, there’s always a hefty appetite for music fans who are looking to catch their favorite performer live when they come into town. While there are dozens of incredible theaters and venues in which musicians can come perform, we’ve narrowed it down to our five favorite LA music venues below.
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One of LA’s most iconic venues, Hollywood Bowl has been a staple destination for southern Californians to take in a live music show since opening back in 1922. Declared “the country’s most famous band shell” by Rolling Stone because of its structure, the 17,500-person capacity amphitheater is one of the most beautiful venues in the nation and has acoustics that make it a destination for some of the world’s most popular acts, including The Beatles — who recorded The Beatles at the Hollywood Bowl there — Kanye West, The Doors, Elton John, and Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, among others.
If any performer that you love happens to play a show at Hollywood Bowl, you’d better get your tickets to enjoy an incredible experience. Even if you’re not particularly a fan of whoever is performing there on a given night, you certainly wouldn’t be wrong to catch a show there just to say you’ve seen the venue, as plenty do for any given performance here.
Located on LA’s famous Hollywood Boulevard, The Fonda Theatre has been named the top venue in Los Angeles by numerous publications over the many years since it opened back in October of 1926, when it was known as Music Box Theatre. It’s one of the most intimate of the venues on this list, with a capacity of just 1,200, which gives all audience members a feeling as if they’re right on top of the stage, no matter where you are in the house.
This theatre hosts acts both established and on the rise, with an eclectic variety of performers that span many different genres.
The Microsoft Theater (formerly known as Nokia Theatre L.A. Live) is one of the nation’s largest indoor stages that holds 7,100 people and has been one of Los Angeles’ most recognizable venues since opening not too long ago in 2007. The theater has hosted a great deal of solid performances over the years and serves as a multi-purpose venue that’s hosted professional boxing matches and will even host the 2028 Summer Olympics, where fans will be flocking to catch the weightlifting competitions.
The venue also annually plays host to a number of major awards shows, such as the ESPY Awards and American Music Awards, as well as a number of others throughout the year such as the BET Award, The Game Awards, and MTV Video Music Awards, consistently keeping it in the public eye.
A performing arts center located right on the campus of the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) with a capacity of 1,800, Royce Hall is one of four original buildings on the school’s Westwood Campus. It plays host to plenty of noteworthy acts such as the Los Angeles Ballet and serves as a home venue for the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra. Speakers such as Albert Einstein and John F. Kennedy have spoken at this venue, which goes to show the sort of pull that such a historic building has for some of the world’s most important people.
The Dorothy Chandler Pavilion is one of the three largest performing arts centers in the U.S. It’s part of the Los Angeles Music Center and has 3,156 seats that are spread out in multiple tiers, in typical auditorium fashion for those familiar with the setup of most major theatera across the country, with Orchestra, Circle, Loge, and Balcony levels. Be sure to catch the Los Angeles Opera when they’re in town and be enthralled by the beautiful details within this venue.
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