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California Institute of Abnormal Arts (C.I.A.)

Map & Directions 11334 Burbank Blvd.
North Hollywood, CA 91601
  • No Alcohol


LA Weekly's Description

The California Institute of Abnormal Arts is a 21st-century revival of the old-timey sideshow experience, serving up stage acts with modern-day freaks like a Guinness World Record holder who once balanced a refrigerator on his teeth for 10 seconds. This North Hollywood mainstay regularly hosts bands, magicians and filmmakers alike on its circus-themed stage adorned with red vinyl booths and its outdoor patio filled with mismatched furniture and freak show oddities.

Merchant's Description

The ultimate FreakShow experience... CIA is a venue for the best of the underground featuring art, music, magic, puppetry and independent film.

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  • Meghan M. on 01/23/10

    One of the weirdest venues you'll ever find. Go play in the funhouse mirrors, check out some local art and have a beer in the freak room.

  • Men's Health Mag on 11/15/11

    The owner used to be a mortician—dead serious. It’s no surprise though, with the real freak shows and bizarre museum. Order the Alligator Juice, it’s one of the more normal things on the menu.

  • Claire on 11/15/11

    This place is awesome! Some friends had a private party here. It's a circus lovers dream. Don't bring anyone afraid of clowns!

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