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.
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.
Their website is www.holliwoodpantages.com
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