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Theatre Tours in Los Angeles and the L.A. Metro area

This theatre tour guide features all the information we have on theatre tours in Los Angeles and the L.A. Metro area. The guide covers theatres featured on this website so you may wish to check local listings for any additional theatre tours available in Los Angeles and the L.A. Metro area. Enjoy your tour!

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Broadway Historic Theatre District, Los Angeles

The Los Angeles Conservancy Link opens in new window runs weekly tours of the Broadway Historic Theatre District. Subject to availability, the tour visits the interiors of one or more of the following theatres: Los Angeles Theatre, The Theatre at Ace Hotel (formerly United Artists Theatre), Orpheum Theatre.

Access is not guaranteed to any theatres due to events programming and logistics on the day so call ahead for details if you are concerned.

Tours run every Saturday at 10am and last approximately 2.5 hours. Tickets $10.

Dolby Theatre, Hollywood

The Dolby Theatre runs tours seven days a week, every hour on the hour from 11am to 3pm, except when theatre operations prevent tours from taking place.

The docent-led walking tour lasts 30 minutes and includes a visit to the Dolby Lounge where you will see a real Oscar statue. Access to the theatre and particularly the stage is at the discretion of the visiting company and/or theatre operations on the day and is not guaranteed. Tickets are $25 (Seniors/Youth $19) and may only be purchased from the Dolby Theatre Box Office in person. Advance bookings are not usually necessary. Further information is available on the Dolby Theatre’s website Link opens in new window. Box Office times are listed here Link opens in new window.

El Capitan Theatre, Hollywood

** Due to the Covid-19 pandemic theatre tours are on hiatus until further notice **

As of mid-2018 the theatre runs 45-minute tours daily, usually at 8:30am, for $12 per person, subject to availability and/or change without notice. The tour includes the auditorium, backstage, dressing rooms, lower lounge, lobbies and the organ – all subject to availability and current theatre operations.

“Express” tours ($9 and lasting 15 minutes) are generally available throughout the day, dependent on current programming, and cover Front-of-House and lobby areas.

Tickets for all tours are available for purchase in-person at the theatre Box Office; advance reservations are not required. For further information check out the El Capitan Theatre Tour Flyer Link opens in new window or refer to the El Capitan Theatre ticketing website Link opens in new window. For more information or questions call 1-800-DISNEY6 Link opens in new window or visit the theatre Box Office.

Note: movie screenings at the El Capitan often feature specially tailored pre-shows, often featuring the Wurlitzer organ and various entertainment features inside the auditorium, so differing requirements of these programs may restrict tour access to certain areas.

Hollywood Boulevard Entertainment District

April Clemmer’s Old Hollywood Walking Tour Link opens in new window will tour you around the Hollywood Boulevard Commercial and Entertainment District. Tours generally run the last Friday of every month plus additional special dates, and last approximately 90 mins. Advance reservations are requested. For more information, tour schedules, and reservations, go to the Old Hollywood Walking Tour website Link opens in new window.

Los Angeles Music Center

The Music Center offers a variety of tours:

The Music Center Symphonian Campus Tours
The Music Center Symphonians, who are voluntary docents for The Music Center, offers a 90-minute docent-led tour of The Music Center’s four theatres: Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, Ahmanson Theatre, Mark Taper Forum and Walt Disney Concert Hall. You can learn about the history and architecture of each of the theatres along with Jerry Moss Plaza and hear about how each of those spaces are enriched with incredible arts experiences. Find out about artistic presentations by Center Theatre Group, the Los Angeles Master Chorale, LA Opera, LA Phil and TMC Arts, including the Glorya Kaufman Presents Dance at The Music Center dance residencies, concerts, arts learning experiences and free and low-cost events on Jerry Moss Plaza. View artwork from across the globe including sculptures, tapestries, paintings and antiques from the 17th century to the present. Hear the stories collected through The Music Center’s nearly 60 years as the heart of Los Angeles County’s cultural life. Tours generally run every day however depend on visiting companies. For an up-to-date tour scheduled visit the Music Center’s Symphonian Tour page Link opens in new window.
Self-Guided Walt Disney Concert Hall Tours
Self-guided tours of the Walt Disney Concert Hall and gardens are free and available on most days; check the Tour Schedule on the Music Center’s website Link opens in new window to confirm availability. Tours run 60 minutes, are free, and start from the Walt Disney Concert Hall lobby. Note: access to the Concert Hall is subject to availability and daily operations; you may not get to see inside the Concert Hall.

Reservations are not required unless groups sizes are 15 or over. Information correct as of February 2024.

Pasadena Civic Auditorium

The Pasadena Civic does not currently offer tours however they host many events which are available to book online at the theatre’s website Link opens in new window.

My Valley Pass Link opens in new window visits the interior of the Pasadena Civic Auditorium as part of their Pasadena Walking Film Tour Link opens in new window, offered on an irregular basis according to venue availability.

Another way of getting into the Pasadena Civic is to audition for America’s Got Talent Link opens in new window. AGT generally holds their auditions every February/March at the theatre. Free audience tickets are usually available as well, most commonly from the On Camera Audiences Link opens in new window ticketing agency.

Pasadena Playhouse

The Pasadena Playhouse runs ad-hoc tours for individuals and groups. For further information go to the Tours section of the theatre’s website Link opens in new window or contact them at (626) 921-1162 Link opens in new window / tours@pasadenaplayhouse.org Link opens in new window.

San Gabriel Mission Playhouse

As of March 2017 tours are arranged on an adhoc basis for groups of 5 or more. Each tour gives a great insight into the building’s rich history, restoration programs and current activities, affording an overview of the architectural and design elements that grace both interior and exterior, and a demonstration of the renowned Wurlitzer Theatre Organ. For more details check the Mission Playhouse’s website Link opens in new window.

TCL Chinese Theatre, Hollywood

The TCL Chinese offers two different tours:

  1. A short tour of the theatre lobby and handprints in the forecourt.
  2. A more in-depth tour of the theatre and public areas, including a short movie summarizing the theatre’s history and also covering the above lobby and forecourt areas.

Tours run 7 days a week excluding days when special events are scheduled. For more information and to book tickets check out the theatre’s VIP Tour website Link opens in new window, call them at (323) 463-9576 Link opens in new window, or email tours@chinesetheatres.com Link opens in new window. Group rates are available.

Warner Hollywood

The theatre is currently closed to the public and has 24/7 security on-site. Knock on the door and they may let you take a look!

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