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Special Events

This events guide features all the information we have on events. The guide covers theatres featured on this website so you may wish to check local listings for any additional theatre tours available. Enjoy your event!

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Auditorium Theatre

Theatre Tour (ongoing, various days and times)

Theatre Tour

Go behind the scenes of this National Historic Landmark, built by Dankmar Adler and Louis Sullivan, and view it as few do. Enjoy the radiant 24-karat gold-leafed ceiling arches, hundreds of Sullivan’s beautifully restored intricate stencil patterns, ornate gilded and bas-relief designs, and the endless floor and wall mosaics and murals by Charles Holloway and Albert Fleury.

Tour Times: Mondays: 10:30am and Noon, Tuesdays: 5:30pm, Thursdays: 10:30am.

Tour: $12 per person; Tour + Water or Soda: $15 per person; Tour + Beer or Wine: $20 per person (Tuesdays only).

For more info see: https://www.auditoriumtheatre.org/the-national-landmark-building-history/historic-theatre-tours/ Link opens in new window

Chicago Theatre

Chicago Theatre Marquee Tour (12pm daily)

Chicago Theatre Marquee Tour

Go on a history-filled journey, from the inception of this majestic venue in 1921, all the way to its present-day incarnation as a premiere entertainment venue. The Marquee Tour encompasses historical and architectural highlights of the building, including the grand lobby, sweeping staircase and majestic auditorium. Tour guests have the chance to stand on the famous Chicago Theatre stage, plus view artist signatures on the dressing room walls, including Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Dolly Parton and so many more!

Tours run daily at 12pm and are one hour long. Ticket Prices: Adults: $15, Students and Military: $13, Children (12 & under): $10. Groups (10+): For more information on group tickets, call (312) 462-6332.

Tour content, prices, dates, and times are subject to change without notice. Tours are offered on a first come, first served basis and are subject to availability.

For more info see: https://www.msg.com/venue-tours/the-chicago-theatre Link opens in new window

CIBC Theatre

Theatre Tour (Saturdays at 11am)

Theatre Tour

Broadway In Chicago offers a public tour of our theatres every Saturday at 11am. Each tour visits two of our three theatres: the Oriental Theatre, the Cadillac Palace and the CIBC Theatre. The tour showcases the glittering vintage décor inspired by the foremost theatre designers of our time, who created through their designs in the French Renaissance styling. You will also learn about the cutting edge technology that makes each theatre the home to today’s most complex theatrical productions and the recent restorations that brought beauty and elegance back to these century-old theatres.

For more info see: http://www.broadwayinchicago.com/plan-your-trip/theatre-tours/ Link opens in new window

Dolby Theatre

Theatre Tours (Daily, at various times from 10:30am to 4pm)

Theatre Tours

Step Beyond The Red Carpet! Experience all of the renowned elegance and celebrity glamour that the Home of the Academy Awards® has to offer!

See an Oscar® statuette, visit our Dolby Lounge and other exclusive celebrity hot spots, plus view images from previous Academy Awards® ceremonies.

Tour is a thirty minute walking tour that includes several flights of stairs. Disabled guests can be easily accommodated, but please advise the theatre at the time of ticket purchase.

The Dolby Theatre is an operating facility with a busy performance schedule. Access to certain areas of the theatre is subject to performance schedules. For more information, please contact Dolby Theatre customer service at (323) 308-6300.

For more info see: https://dolbytheatre.com/tours/schedule-and-tickets/ Link opens in new window

El Capitan Theatre

Theatre Tour (Daily, usually 8:30am)

Theatre Tour

Discover the history and magic of Disney’s premiere movie theatre with a behind-the-scenes tour!

45-minute docent guided tour, $12 per person inlcudes: El Capitan Theatre and Hollywood history; behind-the-scenes “fun facts” and special event highlights; Wall of Fame and lobbies; Lower Lounge and exclusive displays; Theatre Auditorium; Backstage areas, including Sherman Brothers Star Dressing Room; photo opportunity with the mighty Wurlitzer Organ.

Tour tickets are available at the theatre, and walk-ups are welcome. Advance reservations by calling 1-800-347-6396 but are not required.

Note that each tour is unique. Tour locations may vary based on the theatre production schedule and showtimes. Tours are subject to availability and may change without prior notice.

For more info see: https://elcapitantheatre.com/media/1794/tourprogrambuckslipflier_web.jpg Link opens in new window

Los Angeles Music Center

Campus Tour (various days at Noon and 1:15pm)

Campus Tour

Docent-lead tours take visitors through much of the interior space and throughout the gardens while presenting the highlights of the architecturally stunning building. Individual guests or tour groups up to 14 people: complimentary.

Offered select days at 12pm and 1:15pm; lasting approximately 60 minutes. Begins in the Grand Lobby of the Walt Disney Concert Hall.

Note: tours of the Walt Disney Concert Hall do not include the auditorium due to a near constant rehearsal, performance and special event schedule.

For more info see: https://www.musiccenter.org/visit/Exploring-the-Center/Guided/ Link opens in new window

TCL Chinese Theatre

Theatre Tour (Daily, various times)

Theatre Tour

The TCL Chinese Theatres Tour is the only tour in Hollywood where you learn the history of our cinema palace from inside and out. The Tour features stories and fun facts from the theatres beginnings to today, ranging from Hollywood premieres, to imprint ceremonies of your favorite celebrities in the Forecourt of the Stars.

So step off the red carpet and walk through the golden doors of this Movie Palace of the Stars on our exclusive 30 minute Walking Tour. A visit to Hollywood is not complete without this stroll through Hollywood movie history.

Tours are offered 7 days a week excluding special events. Please call for up-to-date availability (323) 463-9576 or email tours@chinesetheatres.com. Group rates are available.

For more info see: http://www.tclchinesetheatres.com/about-vip-tours/ Link opens in new window

Hudson Theatre

Theatre Tour (12th December 2018, 5pm)

Theatre Tour

Visitors are invited to take a guided tour of the historic Hudson, Broadway’s oldest and newest theatre! On this behind-the-scenes walking tour you will learn the rich history of the 114-year-old building, examine the meticulous details in the architecture, gaze at the original Louis Comfort Tiffany stained glass, and marvel at the Broadway stage where Helen Hayes, Louis Armstrong, Elvis Presley, Jake Gyllenhaal, and Jane Fonda have taken their bows.

The walking tour is approximately 60 minutes and includes stairs. Please wear comfortable footwear.

Tickets: $25 Adults $15 for Students and members of the Military (Must present valid ID upon entrance).

For more info see: http://www.thehudsonbroadway.com/whatson/tours/ Link opens in new window

Bristol Old Vic

Theatre Tour (13th December 2018, 10:30am)

Theatre Tour

Join us for our Theatre Tours with our in-house expert guide who’ll guide you through the theatre’s 252-year-old history – from the origin of its beautiful Georgian design, to tales of the myriad first-class actors who have trod our boards over the years.

Explore the recent developments to our building: the new front of house foyer space, studio theatre, and our long-awaited heritage offer. Also enjoy the classic elements of the building that have kept this theatre running for over 250 years, such as: access to the historic auditorium, backstage areas, and for the first time as part of our tours, the Thunder Run.

The perfect morning outing for anyone interested in theatre and Bristol Old Vic’s rich history.

Tours generally start at 10:30am and last one hour. Tickets £12 (£10 concessions).

For more info see: https://bristololdvic.org.uk/whats-on/theatre-tours Link opens in new window

Hollywood Pacific Theatre

Hollywood Walking Tour (15th December 2018, 10am)

Hollywood Walking Tour

What was it like to witness Hollywood’s transformation from a tiny suburb of Los Angeles to the glamorous film capital of the world? On this tour, you will learn the history of Hollywood from 1886-1960, and have a chance to peek inside some of the hidden gems on the boulevard. Take a walk back in time to visit the homes, shops, theaters, offices and restaurants that define Hollywood’s historic identity. This tour usually includes a visit inside the currently shuttered Hollywood Pacific Theatre.

Tours run approximately 2 hours and are normally scheduled for the last Friday of the month, with additional tours offered on certain dates. Tickets $25.

For more info see: http://onlyinhollywood.org/oldhollywoodwalkingtour/ Link opens in new window

Palace Theatre

Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas (15th December 2018, 7:30pm)

Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas


It’s a fantastical Tim Burton holiday party when THE NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS gets the Cinespia treatment with a lush, gothic winter wonderland at the Palace Theatre! Our downtown December tradition continues with the most hauntingly original holiday film ever and a wonderful one-of-a-kind Christmas party!

Jack Skellington, the iconic pumpkin king of Halloween Town, seeks a new thrill when he discovers Christmas Town and decides to put his own ghoulish spin on the newfound holiday. Will his spirited mission jeopardize holly jolly Sandy Claws and the yuletide holiday forever?

Sing along with the enchantingly catchy songs, revisit the wildly imaginative fairy tale landscapes, and fall in love with a visionary cast of characters only Tim Burton could bring to life in ingenious stop motion! Every moment is a work of art with Jack and winter goth queen Sally, adorable ghost dog Zero, and skeletal reindeer games! A surreal and celebratory take on the holiday with frights and sounds you’ll never forget.

Come dressed as your favorite character or decked in holiday cheer! (Christmas sweaters are welcomed)

Doors 7:30pm, Movie 9pm. Tickets $20-$45.

For more info see: http://cinespia.org/event/tim-burtons-the-nightmare-before-christmas/ Link opens in new window

Bristol Hippodrome

Theatre Tour (22nd December 2018, 10:30am)

Theatre Tour

Explore Bristol’s West End Theatre on an exciting Bristol Hippodrome Theatre Tour!

Join Kate or Andy, our knowledgeable and friendly tour guides, for an engaging, entertaining and enjoyable 2 hour tour that takes you behind the scenes and delves into the history of this wonderful theatre - including the shows, the stars, and of course a smattering of gossip and ghost stories.

Theatre tours run most Saturdays at 10.30am and start from the main entrance. Book now to secure your place.

For more info see: https://www.atgtickets.com/shows/theatre-tour/bristol-hippodrome/ Link opens in new window

Rialto Theatre, South Pasadena

“Elf” (22nd December 2018, 2pm)


Mosaic South Pasadena invites you to a screening of “Elf”.

Sat, December 22nd 2018. 2pm to 5pm. Tickets $5-10.

For more info see: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/mosaic-presents-elf-tickets-52977261415 Link opens in new window

Egyptian Theatre

Cleopatra’s New Year’s Eve Ball (31st December 2018, 9pm to 2am)

Cleopatra’s New Year’s Eve Ball

Celebrate NYE in style along the Walk of Fame in the beautiful World-Famous Grauman’s Egyptian Theatre Courtyard. Two beautifully themed indoor venues will have Hollywood’s Best DJs spinning Top 40/Hip-Hop/House mash-ups in front of a spectacular LED VIDEO Wall. Rated best place to countdown New Year’s in Hollywood six years running, it’s the Times Square of Los Angeles (without the sub-freezing weather and overcrowding). Ring in 2019 with perfection with an amazing light show and Premium Open Bar!

From the creators of the Sunset Room, Le Jardin, White Lotus, Lure Hollywood, La Vida, Cabana Club, Ritual, Halo and Green Door... for the 10th Straight Year!!

Music Style: The Ultimate Club Mix. Age Requirement: 21+. Dress Code: Egyptian costumes preferred. Otherwise, upscale cocktail attire. Door: Presale Tickets Guarantee Entry - Event Sells Out Every Year! Event Time: 9pm - 2am. Tickets: $59 and up.

For more info see: http://www.newyearsla.com/event/84740/10th-annual-cleopatras-2019-la-new-years-eve-ball Link opens in new window

Regent Theater

The Rock ’N’ Roll Flea Market (12th January 2019, 11am)

The Rock ’N’ Roll Flea Market

The Great Rock and Roll Flea Market takes place at 11am on the first Sunday of every month at the Regent Theater in Downtown LA.

This is a free, non-ticketed, event.

For more info see: https://rnrflea.com Link opens in new window

Warner Grand, San Pedro

Gathering for the Grand: The Long Run (19th January 2019, 8pm)

Gathering for the Grand: The Long Run

The Gathering for the Grand Annual Gala is TRANSFORMING into a live concert benefit series featuring professional, in-demand tribute acts and popular local openers. This three part series is happening at San Pedro’s beloved art-deco movie palace, the Warner Grand Theatre.

The Long Run blend the lush harmonies and instrumental arrangements of the classic Eagles sound with their own genuine style. From the vast Eagles songbook, hear Peaceful Easy Feeling; Lyin’ Eyes, Take it Easy, Hotel California and more. VIP ticket purchases include one premium orchestra seat, invitation to VIP pre-Concert Reception from 6-7:30pm with appetizers and one complimentary drink, access to private no host bar before concert and during intermission. Opener: Andy & Renee & Hard Rain. Tickets $27.50 to $105.

For more info see: https://www.grandvision.org/calendar-details.asp?id=1205 Link opens in new window

Broadway Theatre District

** CANCELLED ** Night On Broadway 2019 (26th January 2019, 3pm to Midnight)

** CANCELLED ** Night On Broadway 2019


Night on Broadway is a free arts and music festival originally produced in celebration of Councilmember Jose Huizar’s 10-year Bringing Back Broadway economic development initiative. It’s now a live and growing brand. It truly celebrates Downtown Los Angeles. Like never before, Night on Broadway awakens beautiful historic theatres and the blocks between them along the Broadway corridor in Downtown Los Angeles. LA is a mecca for creative talent of all kinds, and Night on Broadway is where it all shines – right in the heart of entertainment’s birthplace in Los Angeles. From emerging musical acts to national stars, artists to acrobats, and fashion designers to food trucks, Night on Broadway is all about the City of Angels.

This is a free, non-ticketed, family-friendly event which runs from 3pm to Midnight. There are usually lines to get into the popular venues so arrive early!

For more info see: http://www.nightonbroadway.la Link opens in new window

Ford’s Theatre

Guided Tour (27th January 2019, 5pm)

Guided Tour

In this guided tour, you’ll discover the details of Lincoln’s assassination and the fate of those involved in that historic event. Stops on the tour include: Balcony and Orchestra levels of the historic theatre; Entrance to the President’s Box, where Booth waited to shoot the President; the historic stage, where you can see the theatre from an actor’s perspective; and the back alley, where you can follow Booth’s escape route.

Tours are limited to 20 participants and led by a trained Ford’s Theatre guide with a passion for history. This guided tour covers the theatre only; you may wish to reserve earlier tickets to the full historic site including the museum, Petersen House and Aftermath Exhibits.

Length: 1 hour. Recommended for ages 8 and older. Tickets $28.

For more info see: https://www.fords.org/visit/special-tours-events/guided-tours/ Link opens in new window

Warner Grand, San Pedro

Gathering for the Grand: Mary Bridget Davies (23rd March 2019, 8pm)

Gathering for the Grand: Mary Bridget Davies

The Gathering for the Grand Annual Gala is TRANSFORMING into a live concert benefit series featuring professional, in-demand tribute acts and popular local openers. This three part series is happening at San Pedro's beloved art-deco movie palace, the Warner Grand Theatre! Nominated for a Tony Award in 2014 for her title role in the Broadway musical, “A Night With Janis Joplin,” Mary Bridget Davies pays tribute to The Queen of Psychedelic Soul.

Davies is an International Blues Challenge winner and a Blues Blast Magazine award nominee for Best New Blues Artist release. VIP ticket purchases include one premium orchestra seat, invitation to VIP pre-Concert Reception from 6-7:30pm with appetizers and one complimentary drink, access to private no host bar before concert and during intermission. Opener: Andy & Renee & Hard Rain. Tickets $27.50 to $105.

For more info see: https://www.grandvision.org/calendar-details.asp?id=1204 Link opens in new window

Los Angeles Theatre

José González & The String Theory (6th to 7th April 2019, 7pm)

José González & The String Theory

Presented by Spaceland & KCRW.

Performances by José González of his two decade long repertoire with an orchestra, including stirringly original renditions of songs originally found on González’s three celebrated solo albums: 2003’s breakthrough debut VENEER, 2007’s IN OUR NATURE, and 2015’s VESTIGES & CLAWS.

Founded in 2007, The String Theory is a Berlin and Gothenburg-based artist collective, think tank, and experimental chamber orchestra that explores the outskirts of contemporary classical music, electro, noise, Neue Musikm and pop by means of workshops, studio recordings, and live performances. In addition their collaboration with González, The String Theory have formed artistic co-operations with a stunning range of musicians and artists, among them include Einstürzende Neubauten, Wildbirds & Peacedrums, El Perro Del Mar, Tocotronic, Dieter Meier (Yello), Shara Worden (My Brightest Diamond), Tindersticks, and many others.

Saturday 6th April at 7pm. Second show added: Sunday 7th April at 7pm. These events are 21 and over. Tickets $32 to $72. Early discount code STRINGTHEORY.

For more info see: http://www.spacelandpresents.com/event/1760068-jose-gonzalez-string-theory-los-angeles/ Link opens in new window

Warner Grand, San Pedro

Gathering for the Grand: Space Oddity (27th April 2019, 8pm)

Gathering for the Grand: Space Oddity

The Gathering for the Grand Annual Gala is TRANSFORMING into a live concert benefit series featuring professional, in-demand tribute acts and popular local openers. This three part series is happening at San Pedro's beloved art-deco movie palace, the Warner Grand Theatre!

A brilliant tribute to one of most electrifying 20th-21st century performers. From rock and roll space alien Ziggy Stardust to pop/rock legend, Bowie look-alike/sound-alike, DAVID BRIGHTON and his all star SPACE ODDITY band showcase Bowie's unique musical journey!

VIP ticket purchases include one premium orchestra seat, invitation to VIP pre-Concert Reception from 6-7:30pm with appetizers and one complimentary drink, access to private no host bar before concert and during intermission.

Opener: The Glass Family. Tickets $27.50 to $105.

For more info see: https://www.grandvision.org/calendar-details.asp?id=1210 Link opens in new window

Paramount Theatre, Austin

Anniversary Gala 2019 (11th May 2019, 7pm)

Anniversary Gala 2019

To celebrate the 104th year of the historic Paramount Theatre, we’re enlisting the wild energy of The World’s Greatest Party Band to convert Congress Avenue into the biggest “love shack” of all time. We’re thrilled to join our Board of Directors in announcing the 2019 Anniversary Gala will feature The B-52s!

With a vintage 1960s theme, this electric evening will highlight amazing music, nonstop dancing, incredible food, and essential community support. And, to keep the party going into the night, we’ll also feature Skyrocket! in the after-party tent – plus more to come!

For more info see: http://www.austintheatre.org/paramount-gala-2019/ Link opens in new window

Globe Theatre

The Oddities Flea Market (18th to 19th May 2019, 10am to 6pm)

The Oddities Flea Market

The legendary Oddities Flea Market curated by Ryan Matthew Cohn and Regina Cohn is returning to Los Angeles, this time for an entire weekend!

Follow the Facebook Event Link opens in new window to stay up to date on vendors as they are announced.

VIP Access, pre-sold through Atlas Obscura, is $40 and grants you first entry to the market at 10am. General Admission, from 12pm to 6pm, is $20 (cash only at door) with tickets available online closer to the date of the event. There will be an ATM on site, although most vendors do accept cards as well as cash. All ages are welcome! Children under 10 are free. Multiple cash bars for those 21 and up, must have ID.

For more info see: https://www.atlasobscura.com/events/la-oddities-market-vip-presale-may-2019 Link opens in new window

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