Pantages Theater

The Pantages Theatre in Hollywood located at Hollywood Boulevard and Vine is one of Los Angeles’ leading venues for live performances. The five highest grossing weeks in LA’s live performance history were all shows at the Pantages. Large-scale Broadway musicals such as Disney’s The Lion King and more recently Wicked were presented at this venue.

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The Pantages opened in 1930’s and built on the Art Deco style. Art Deco is a design popularized during the 1930’s which includes architecture. The structure of Art Deco is based on mathematical geometric shapes. It is used extensively in interiors of cinema theaters, railway stations and buildings, one of the most popular of which is the spire of the Chrysler Building in New York City.

The Pantages was built originally for vaudeville performances and for first-run movies. Like other theaters during the Great Depression it was forced to economize and operated only as a movie theater thereafter but live entertainment was presented occasionally.

It has a history as grand and diverse as the stage and screen fare which have attracted audiences for a half century. It is currently used for live performances; music concerts and Broadway musicals and a favorite location for TV shows, movies and music videos. This is where I saw Wicked and most currently Billy Elliot.

The theater is centrally located in Hollywood and very accessible. The only problem is parking. There is not one central parking location but there are several parking lots scattered around.

Dining after watching a performance is not a problem. There are several well known restaurants around the location such as Katsuya and Off Vine.

What to wear: Business casual is appropriate for Pantages but jeans is also alright, this is Los Angeles.

The address is 6233 Hollywood Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA  90028.

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  1. What a grand theater! An icon of Hollywood located on Hollywood Bl and Vine. Walking in to the Pantages is like walking in time to the golden years of Hollywood. One can imagine all the great actors and actresses that have performed on its stage and all the famous people that have sat in its seats. Marvelous place.

  2. I have been to Pantages numerous times and what’s not to like? A great place to catch a show. I don’t think that there’s a bad seat in the house. We sat at the end of the row on the mezzanine level and it was still a great view. Great place and love the architecture of the place.

  3. One of my favorite venues to have some stage play and musical fun — perfect spot for taking out of town guests as it is pure Hollywood it is right in Hollywood so you can grab a bite before hand, let them check out the Stars on the sidewalk and then enjoy the historic architecture. There are so much shows run here year round, you have a hard time picking the best.

    One of the better place in SoCal for plays and musicals.

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