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“classic art deco cinema”
Review of Wiltern Theatre

Wiltern Theatre
Ranked #122 of 560 things to do in Los Angeles
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Owner description: The Wiltern Theatre first opened its doors to movie crowds on October 7th, 1931. Recognized by the City of Los Angeles as a Historic Cultural Monument, this Art Deco Landmark was renovated and restored to its original splendor in 1985, under the direction of Bill Graham Presents. Following a legendary history of performances and events, a $1.5 million facelift led to the Grand Re-Opening on October 15, 2002. Formerly an all-seated venue, the theatre had its 1,200-orchestra seats removed and now features a five-tiered floor that slants upward from the stage, thereby accommodating a standing-room-only configuration. The balcony still offers a thousand seats, and the flexible new arrangement allows for seats to be brought in for more intimate performances. The venue's new capacity is roughly 2,300, depending on how the floor is set up. In October 2003, The Wiltern and LG Electronics, a leading global consumer electronics company, celebrated the renaming of the theater. Currently known as The Wiltern LG, this venue sponsorship will offer concert-goers the opportunity to become acquainted with LG Electronics' line of well-designed, groundbreaking digital products. Formerly a great place to catch more sedate acts, the Wiltern's new design makes it one of “LA's coolest venues to check out performers of any type of music” says AOL’s City Guide. Join us for love, laughter and music!
Wolverhampton, United Kingdom
Level 3 Contributor
11 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“classic art deco cinema”
Reviewed 13 May 2014

this is an art deco cinema saved from the wrecking ball and converted into a music venue, it is very easy to get to as there is a metro station across the street from the venue

Visited April 2014
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Granite Bay, California
Level 6 Contributor
453 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 101 helpful votes
“Great concert venue. The VIP option was special”
Reviewed 12 April 2014

My wife and I travel to 8-10 different concert venues each year. We saw Switchfoot at the Wiltern. The band is one of my favorites. The venue is a very old but well maintained building. We added the VIP option which allowed us to take in the sound check before the show. We also met the band and took a photo with them. They were very gracious and warm. I would definitely recommend this to anyone who likes music and the special people who share it with their fans

Visited April 2014
2 Thank Richard K
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Denver, Colorado, United States
Level 3 Contributor
20 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“One of my favorite venues!”
Reviewed 27 March 2014

I had a fantastic time at the Wiltern when I was there recently to see one of our favorites, Umphrey's McGee! The sound, security and ambiance was excellent. High ceilings and a large balcony made it so that the lower dance floor was not terribly crowded - security let everyone get a little schwastey without being too militant (for comparison, see the House of Blues - San Diego, who policed everyone as if they were 14 year olds trying to sneak a beer). Korea town is an interesting place with some food options, but it was mostly unique due to its immersion in another culture of such prominence in the city. We had a great time and would definitely go back!

Visited March 2014
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Phoenix, Arizona
Level 6 Contributor
516 reviews
205 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 198 helpful votes
“parking is pricey but nice venue”
Reviewed 1 January 2014

One of the many LA area historic venues, the Wiltern is a great location for shows. Quite enjoyed the entire, staffing were polite. Only issue i had was one didn't have much choice but pay the exorbitant high rate for parking in a garage, wasn't much else available.

Visited November 2013
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Kansas City, Missouri
1 review
“A horrible place for a rock show”
Reviewed 17 November 2013

I have been to countless concerts over the years and I HAVE NEVER been babysat by security guards in the pit before! They were throwing people out of the venue that were just trying to have a good time and enjoy the music. Their rules: “No moshing, No crowd surfing, No fun” has NO PLACE AT A ROCK CONCERT!! If they can’t handle a rock show, then they shouldn't host one—host concerts like Nsync or something. This was the lamest concert I’ve ever been to. I won't be back

Visited October 2013
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