Great Venues: The Wiltern Theater – Los Angeles

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Great Venues: The Wiltern Theater – Los Angeles

This is another L.A. deco beauty, and a landmark to boot, the Wiltern Theatre built in 1931 by G. Albert Lansburgh, with incredible decorative plaster and tile and murals on the walls. When it opened, it has the largest pipe organ in the United States—a little-known fact. It’s also in the National Register of Historic Places, and its entrance right on Wilshire Boulevard and large theatrical marquee could be straight out of a 1940′s movie.

There’s something terribly glamorous and old school about going to the Wiltern, and often the crowds dress better than at other L.A. venues. And the acts who have played here runs an amazing gamut, from Bryan Ferry and Roxy Music to The Pixies to Leonard Cohen, so it attracts all ages, often on the same night. And celebrities too. Upcoming shows include indie act Broken Bells, and old school punk rocker Paul Weller—that’s typical Wiltern eclecticism.
Check out the video above of the band Jonsi performing live at The Wiltern.

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