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The Wiltern

Map & Directions 3790 Wilshire Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90010


LA Weekly's Description

In a city of Art Deco landmarks, the Wiltern might be one of L.A.'s most striking architectural fixtures. Originally intended as a vaudeville theater when it opened in 1931, the venue has hosted film screenings, but in more recent years has been primarily a location for rock and pop concerts. Named after the intersection of Wilshire Blvd. and Western Ave., where it's located on the edge of Koreatown, the grand old building features classic furnishings, crystal lamps and ornate sun designs painted on the theater's large, high ceiling. A large balcony looks down over a ground floor, which alternates between seated and general-admission style standing room. Several full bars are scattered around the roomy environs, including in the sumptuously gilded lobby. The high ceiling sometimes makes for echoing sound when loud rock bands play the theater, but the acoustics are usually fine for quieter performers and theatrical events. Ray Davies, Cheap Trick, Radio Birdman, Buffalo Springfield, the Breeders and Dimmu Borgir are among the widely disparate musicians who've invaded the Wiltern's lavish stage. All ages, with street parking and a multistory lot next door.

Member Reviews

  • jeanettebaker1 wrote a review for The Wiltern
    on 12/15/12

    I have no idea if The Nutcracker performed by the Moscow Ballet Co. on Friday night was any good because I, and a good number of other people, didn't see it. My recommendation is, DON'T GO. Seats in the Wiltern aren't tiered or even staggered. Unless you are 7 feet tall, a sea of heads will enclose you so that only a sliver of the stage is visible at any time. Restrooms are... More >>

  • RiptInPieces wrote a review for The Wiltern
    on 04/16/10

    Beautiful. Good view is from the front of the balcony but downstairs right behind the soundboard is the best if you are VIP or if it's not roped off for VIP. Lot next door is open for one hour after the last band plays, so don't get caught up at the merch line or smoking outside.

  • ardentbiscuit1 wrote a review for The Wiltern
    on 07/20/09

    What can't you say about the Wiltern? Awesome venue! I love the sound, I love the set up. I love everything about it. I even forgave them for taking the seats out. The whole neighborhood around the place has changed but they remain!

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Tips from foursquare

  • IFC on 07/06/10

    LA: The best use of art deco outside of Miami. This venue is an LA staple and the talent here rarely disappoints. -IFC Viewer

  • VH1 on 07/21/10

    To grab food close by, check out Mr Pizza Factory, Gui Rim Korean BBQ or Romero's Mexican Food--all within a couple of blocks! – Team Live Nation

  • Charles E. on 01/14/12

    Everyone who lives in LA should see a show here at least once. It is such an amazing venue! Smoke out back only.

  • Live Nation on 02/19/10

    To grab food close by, check out Mr Pizza Factory, Gui Rim Korean BBQ or Romero's Mexican Food--all within a couple of blocks!

  • Live Nation on 02/19/10

    Will call tickets are released ONE HOUR prior to show time. You must have the credit card used to make the purchase and valid photo ID!

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