Start your Los Angeles area historic theatre explorations by heading to one of these major sections:
Downtown | Hollywood | Along Wilshire | [more] L.A. Movie Palaces | Theatres In Movies
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Los Angeles Theatre Tours and Events

 Upcoming events:

Theatre Historical Society 2017 Conclave

The THS will be having their national conclave in Los Angeles from June 26 through July 1. Tours will include the exploration of about 30 historic theatres plus other special events. Details are on the Theatre Historical Society website.

Theatre tours on the tentative schedule include: Million Dollar, Regent Theatre, Los Angeles Theatre, Palace Theatre, State Theatre, Warner/Pantages downtown, Globe Theatre, Tower Theatre, Rialto Theatre / Urban Outfitters, Orpheum Theatre, United Artists Theatre, Mayan Theatre, Belasco Theatre, Grauman’s Chinese, El Capitan Theatre, Pantages Theatre, Warner/Hollywood Pacific Theatre, Egyptian Theatre, Vista Theatre, Ricardo Montalban Theatre, Hollywood Playhouse/Avalon Theatre, Fox Westwood Village Theatre, Bruin Theatre, Crest Theatre, Fox Wilshire/Saban Theatre, Music Hall, Fine Arts Theatre, Wilshire Ebell Theatre, Wiltern Theatre, Embassy Auditorium or Variety Arts, Westlake Theatre, Leimert/Vision Theatre, Rialto Theatre South Pasadena, Raymond Theatre Pasadena, Uptown Theatre Pasadena, Washington Theatre Pasadena.

League of Historic American Theatres 2017 Conference

My what a busy summer. The national convention of the LHAT will also be in Los Angeles. Their dates are July 16 through 18.

Their website's Annual Conference and Theatre Tour page notes: "The League's annual conference is the largest annual gathering of historic theatre professionals, community leaders, and service providers and suppliers, attracting participants from across the U.S. and Canada for idea sharing and network building. Professionals, volunteers and devotees join together for four days of networking and peer information exchange, tools & techniques sessions, and tours of local historic theatres, plus events, banquets and receptions."

Occasional Events:

Los Angeles Historic Theatre Foundation

The Los Angeles Historic Theatre Foundation offers "all-about" tours of historic theatres as well as providing logistical support for other events in various venues.  Their tours offer a chance to explore the non-public areas of many of the theatres.

Information about upcoming tours appears on the LAHTF website. Also keep up to date with the LAHTF Facebook page.

Los Angeles Conservancy

The L.A. Conservancy offers walking tours
of the Broadway theatre district every Saturday morning. Depending on schedules, the tour may include visits inside one or more of the theatres. There are also other tours of various historic Los Angeles neighborhoods.

The Conservancy's "Last Remaining Seats" series of screenings in historic theatres every June offers another chance to see the buildings.
There are occasionally other special screenings and events.

Recurring theatre tours:

The Alex Theatre
216 N. Brand Blvd., Glendale
The theatre generally offers a tour once a month showing off both the 1925 vintage house as well as the wonders of the newly expanded stage facilities, seen here in a view on their website. They're free but you need to reserve -- the group each time is limited to 20. Their web site has a backstage tour page about the event.

Check upcoming tour dates on their website's calendar page
See the Alex Theatre page on the [more] L.A. Movie palaces site for lots more about the theatre.

The Egyptian Theatre 
6712 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood

The American Cinematheque offers tours of Sid Grauman's first Hollywood movie palace, opened in 1922.

Usually it's one Saturday each month at 10:30 am. You get a docent-led tour going backstage, into the dressing rooms, the "singer's boxes," and more.

Tickets are $7 for students and seniors,  $9 general admission. Reservations are not required.  Check the Egyptian Theatre calendar for dates.

El Capitan Theatre
6838 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood 

You can now get a tour any day at this classic 1926 legitimate theatre turned movie palace. There's a 30 minute tour at 8:30 am any morning ($15) that gets you into backstage
areas as well as the auditorium, lobby, and a look at the Wurlitzer.

Or a 15 minute led "express" tour ($5) offered throughout the
day that just gets you a history discussion and a walk through of
lobby and lower lounge areas. Reservations are not required.  Call 1-800-DISEY6 for details or see the El Capitan website for the latest updates. There's a tour information flyer on their site, also available as a larger format tour info pdf.

Grauman's Chinese Theatre
6925 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood

Sid Grauman's Chinese Theatre is a Meyer and Holler design from 1927. They offer tours throughout the day, every day.

You get a chat with a guide, spend some time in the lobby looking at exhibits and then wander down the side aisles of the auditorium and peek in (if a show is on).

Or if your tour time hits an intermission, you get more of an auditorium tour. The Chinese Theatre website has a page on tour information.

The Pantages / Warner
7th & Hill Streets, Downtown

The Warner Theatre is open weekdays for a walk-through anytime. It's a design of B. Marcus Priteca and opened in 1920 as a venue for the Pantages vaudeville circuit. Warner Bros. acquired the theatre in 1929.  It's now a jewelry mart on the main floor but most of the decor is intact. Cost: free. Just walk in either the front door (there's not much left of the lobby) or use the stage door on 7th St.

Check out the Warner pages on the Historic Downtown Theatres website for more photos and history.

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