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Special Events

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 12 pm 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 11 am. 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

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

Palace Theatre

DIE HARD 30th Anniversary Screening (20th October 2018, 7pm to 10:30pm)

DIE HARD 30th Anniversary Screening

The Los Angeles Historic Theatre Foundation is celebrating the 30th Anniversary of DIE HARD at the Palace Theatre on Broadway. A screening of the movie will be followed by a Q&A with the film’s screenwriters, Jeb Stuart and Steven E. de Souza, and will be moderated by Jeff Goldsmith, publisher of Backstory Magazine and host of The Q&A with Jeff Goldsmith podcast series.

The movie is rated R. Ages 17 and under will need to be accompanied by an adult. IDs will be checked at the door. Concessions and bar will be available and payable by cash and credit card. Orchestra and Mezzanine seating will be open on a first-come basis. The screening commences at 7pm sharp and the Q&A will wrap-up by 10:30pm.

LAHTF Member Tickets go on sale 3rd October. Members receive $8 off tickets. Click “Redeem Benefits” to reflect the discount.

General Admission ticket sales kick off at 10:00am on Thursday, October 4. Early Bird price is $18 for a limited time, Priority price is $28.

For more info see: http://www.lahtf.org/die-hard-at-the-palace/ Link opens in new window

Rialto Theatre, South Pasadena

Ghostbusters (20th October 2018, 7:30pm)


Join us for our Fall screening of the 1984 classic film Ghostbusters!

Saturday October 20th 2018, 7:30pm – 10:30pm. Tickets $5 - $10.

For more info see: http://mosaic.org/events/ Link opens in new window

Royal Lyceum Theatre Edinburgh

Free Family Open Day (21st October 2018, 10am to 4pm)

Free Family Open Day

Join us as we throw open our doors from 10am until 4pm and welcome you for a free, fun family day out inspired by our Christmas show, Wendy and Peter Pan.

Featuring a range of activities for both adults and children, there’s plenty to get involved in. Try your hand at some themed craft activities, get creative in one of our drama workshops or head off on our treasure hunt for the chance to win a family ticket to a selected performance of Wendy and Peter Pan.

You can even play dress up in some of our favourite costumes and explore the hidden spaces at The Lyceum on one of our guided backstage tours!

So whether you’re looking for a fun day out, the chance to learn something new or an opportunity just to enjoy creative time together, there’s something for everyone at this annual event.

All activities are free to attend and most are open on a drop-in basis. Backstage tours and drama workshops have limited capacity and require a ticket. Booking for these events will open in September and we recommend booking early to avoid disappointment.

For more info see: https://lyceum.org.uk/whats-on/production/1117 Link opens in new window

Hollywood Pacific Theatre

Hollywood Walking Tour (26th October 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

San Gabriel Mission Playhouse

Fall Fun Festival & Haunted Zone (26th October 2018, 5pm)

Fall Fun Festival & Haunted Zone

The City of San Gabriel presents the Fall Fun Festival & Haunted Zone on Friday evening, October 26th at 5pm.

Stop inside the Playhouse and catch free screenings of Halloween cartoons, Trunk or Treat along Mission Drive, enter the little ones in the costume contest, play games, and visit the Haunted Zone (ages 12+) at Grapevine Arbor Park (324 South Mission Drive) starting at 6:30pm. The whole family will have a spooktacular good time!

For more info see: https://missionplayhouse.org/event/fall-fun-festival-haunted-zone-free-event-2 Link opens in new window

Hudson Theatre

Theatre Tour (27th October 2018, 11am)

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

Los Angeles Theatre

KCRW’s Masquerade Ball (27th October 2018, 9pm to 2am)

KCRW’s Masquerade Ball

LA’s favorite Halloween extravaganza has found a new home!

We’re taking the party to DTLA this year to explore the haunted rooms of the historic Los Angeles Theatre. The killer line-up of KCRW’s favorites includes: Santigold (DJ set), White Denim, Wajatta, DaM-FunK (DJ set), Cherry Glazerr, Shannon Shaw, Brothers Griiin (DJ set from Flaming Lips drummers).

Also featuring KCRW DJs and performances by Lucent Dossier

We hope to see you there in your weirdest, spookiest, kookiest, and downright grooviest costumes. Masquerade is a 21+ event. All proceeds support KCRW programming.

For more info see: https://www.kcrw.com/masquerade Link opens in new window

Los Angeles Theatre

“Willy Wonka” & Costume Ball (31st October 2018, 7pm)

“Willy Wonka” & Costume Ball

A Scrumdiddlyumptious Halloween Costume Ball! The Los Angeles Theatre becomes a candy palace full of luscious treats and lavish wonders, spun sugar figurines, and our very own chocolate factory in honor of Willy Wonka! Live music, a DJ dance party and sumptuous sights bring a sugar rush to downtown Los Angeles with tricks and treats around every corner. Wild photo moments abound as Cinespia transforms this beautiful movie palace into a fantasy wonderland. Full bars on every level, a custom photobooth and special surprises will make this a Halloween bash to remember. Fabulous prizes await the winner of our costume contest so get creative!

21+ with valid ID. Costume required for entry. Doors 7pm. Movie 9pm.

For more info see: http://cinespia.org/event/willy-wonka-costume-ball/ Link opens in new window

Bristol Hippodrome

Theatre Tour (3rd November 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

King’s Theatre, Edinburgh

Theatre Tour (3rd November 2018, 10:30am)

Theatre Tour

Did you know that the King’s Theatre opened in 1905 with the pantomime, Cinderella? Or that it has a stream running right underneath? Want to stand on stage and feel like a star? This backstage tour is a great chance to go behind the scenes; see the workings of the theatre and walk down memory lane as we chat through the theatre's interesting history. Refreshments are included.

For more info see: https://www.capitaltheatres.com/whats-on/backstage-tour-kings-october Link opens in new window

Los Angeles Music Center

Theatre Tours (3rd November 2018, 1pm - 3pm)

Theatre Tours

Events are part of the extensive Grand Ave Arts program running 11am to 4pm (free admission).

LA Opera Backstage Tours: Experience all the different art forms that go into the creation of an opera — the grandeur of the music, the spectacular singing, the craftsmanship of the sets, the intricacy of the costumes, and so much more. Tours run 1pm to 3pm but come early to avoid disappoinment as later tours may well become over-subscribed!

Music Center Theatre Tours: Tour The Music Center’s four theatres: Walt Disney Concert Hall, Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, Mark Taper Forum, and Ahmanson Theatre. Tours of Walt Disney Concert Hall run from 11am to 4pm, all other venues 11am to 3pm.

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

State Theatre

Get Out: Screening & Live Score (8th November 2018, 7pm)

Get Out: Screening & Live Score

Spaceland Presents “Get Out: Screening & Live Score”.

Wordless Music Orchestra, Conducted by score composer Michael Abels.

Thursday Nov 8, 2018. Doors 7pm, Show 8:30pm.

This event is 21 and over. Tickets $36.50 - $81.50, on sale from Thursday 13th September at 10am.

For more info see: https://www.ticketfly.com/purchase/event/1752607 Link opens in new window

Bristol Old Vic

Limelight (10th to 11th November 2018, various times)


Follow a group of other-worldy characters into the depths of Bristol Old Vic...

In celebration of the launch of our much-anticipated Heritage offer, we’re bringing back to life some of the famous faces who’ve trodden our boards over the last 252 years.

As you are guided around the theatre, you’ll encounter a host of characters from the past regaling you with tales of the theatre’s rich history. For one weekend, see Bristol Old Vic through the eyes of those who made it the success it is today.

Tickets £14 / £9. Duration 60 minutes. Ages 8+.

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

Regent Theater

The Rock ’N’ Roll Flea Market (10th November 2018, 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

State Theatre

Cloak & Dagger 2018 (10th November 2018, 3pm to Midnight)

Cloak & Dagger 2018

DAF / Deutsch Amerikanische Freundschaft with She Wants Revenge, The Faint, HEALTH, Boy Harsher, Tamaryn, BOAN, and Black Mare.

Cloak & Dagger Fest is an expansion of the cult-like weekly series created by Adam Bravin (She Wants Revenge) - an infamous party centered around dark music of all genres in an intimate, private environment.

Restless Nites & Spaceland Presents collaborated with Adam to bring the Cloak & Dagger experience to the public last year with our debut 2 day fest. This year we return to DTLA to fill the gorgeous State Theatre with the best that post punk, dark wave, minimal synth and goth rock have to offer. Get to know the lineup, and grab tickets while you can.

Saturday Nov 10, 2018. Doors: 1pm, Show: 3pm. This event is 21 and over.

Tickets $49 Early Bird GA / $59 GA Floor / $69 GA Floor (Day of) / $65 - $175 Reserved Balcony

For more info see: https://www.ticketfly.com/purchase/event/1734102 Link opens in new window

Palace Theatre

Sparks (14th to 15th November 2018, 8pm)


Sparks will play at the historic Downtown Palace Theater in Los Angeles on November 14th and 15th. The L.A. show will be the only City in North America on this tour – so don’t miss out! Tickets on sale now via Ticketmaster.

For more info see: http://allsparks.com/los-angeles-shows-announced/ Link opens in new window

Bristol Old Vic

Theatre Tour (17th November 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

Broadway Theatre District

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

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.

Theatres expected to be participating in the 2019 event are: Globe Theatre, Los Angeles Theatre, Million Dollar Theatre, Orpheum Theatre, Palace Theatre, State Theatre, and The Theatre at Ace Hotel.

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

Los Angeles Theatre

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

José González & The String Theory

Presented by Spaceland & KCRW.

Sat April 6, 2019 at 7pm. This event is 21 and over.

Tickets $32 to $72, on sale 14 September 2018 at 10am.

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

Paramount Theatre, Austin

Anniversary Gala (11th May 2019, Evening)

Anniversary Gala

Annual celebration gala for the theatre.

Table and ticket partners, donations to our live and silent auctions, and catering and spirits partnerships are all crucial to the success of this annual event. All donations raised help the theatres’ continued preservation efforts, annual operations, film programs, and education programs. All the donations received enable Austinites to continue calling the Paramount their historic home for the arts. We could not do it without your support – thank you!

For more info see: http://www.austintheatre.org/2018-gala/ Link opens in new window

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