Start your Los Angeles area historic theatre explorations by heading to one of these major sections:
| Downtown | Hollywood | Westside | Westwood/Brentwood | Santa Monica | [more] L.A. Movie Palaces |
To see what's recently been added to the mix visit the Theatres in Movies site and the Los Angeles Theatres Facebook page.

L.A. Theatre Tours and Upcoming Events

Upcoming events:

Tour the Earl Carroll Theatre on Saturday February 24th at 10am. The Los Angeles Historic Theatre Foundation is presenting an "all-about" exploration of the building. It hasn't been open to the public for decades. Cost is $20 -- or half off for LAHTF members. More details about the event, and a link for ticket purchases, are on the LAHTF website.

For more about this legendary building, including hundreds of photos, head to our pages on the Earl Carroll Theatre. The theatre, at 6230 Sunset Blvd.,opened in 1938.

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. See the Egyptian pages here on this site for more about the theatre.

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. See the El Capitan pages here on this site for more about the theatre. 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. See the pages about the Chinese here on this site for more about the theatre. 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.

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.

Grand Ave. Arts 

The organization offers an annual fall "All Access" day with tours of the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, the Ahmanson Theatre, the Mark Taper Forum and Disney Hall. Their site:

Theatres running classic films:

Aero Theatre  Santa Monica   event schedule

Alex Theatre  Glendale  theatre website | alex film society site

Arclight Cinemas Hollywood and other locations  theatre website

Bing Theatre/LACMA  Wilshire Blvd.  film program overview | schedule listings

Cinespia - Hollywood Forever Cemetery + screenings in downtown theatres   website

Linwood Dunn Theatre - AMPAS  1313 Vine St. Hollywood  AMPAS website | event calendar

L.A. Conservancy - June series in classic theatres   website | "Last Remaining Seats"

Egyptian Theatre  6712 Hollywood Blvd.   American Cinematheque website | event schedule

Sauuel Goldwyn Theatre - AMPAS  8949 Wilshire Blvd. Beverly Hills  AMPAS website | event calendar 

New Beverly Cinema 7165 Beverly Blvd.  theatre website

USC Department of Cinematic Arts  events schedule

Billy Wilder Theatre / Hammer Museum  10899 Wilshire Blvd. Westwood  Hammer Museum events | UCLA Film Archive events

Film festivals:

AFI Fest - November 9 - 16, 2017 at the Chinese and Egyptian  website | venue info 

Cinecon Classic Film Festival  - every Labor Day weekend at the Egyptian  website | on Facebook

COLCOA French Film Festival  ("City of light / City of Angels") - April/May in Hollywood    website

Downtown LA Film Festival  September 21-30, 2017 at Regal L.A. Live and other venues  website

LA Film Festival / Film Independent -  in June at the Arclight  organization website | LA Film Festival

TCM Classic Film Festival - at the Chinese, Egyptian and other venues. The 2018 dates are April 26 to 29.  website

Film awards programs: 

Academy Awards / Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences - February  AMPAS website

Golden Globes / Hollywood Foreign Press Association - January  organization website

Film Independent Spirit Awards - February  organization website

Blogs and sites about the movies:

Awards Daily

Big Screen Biz - forums and advice for theatre owners

Boxoffice - the consummate trade magazine since 1920

The Carpetbagger - awards season dispatches from the New York Times

Critic Wire

Deadline Hollywood

Jim Hill Media - entertainment news with a focus on Disney

Hollywood Reporter

Lee's Movie Info - trailers, release dates, grosses and more

Leonard Maltin

Los Angeles Times - entertainment news -

Movie City News - "Hollywood's Homepage"

MovieWeb - trailers and news

New York Times - arts section

New York Times - movie section

The New Yorker - culture section

Observations on Film Art - David Boardwell

Variety - film news, reviews and more

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