It should be no surprise that the Los Angeles culture and art scene is a thriving one. This city is the worlds foremost center of creativity and talent on the west coast, after all. However, many people who visit are often surprised at the history and quiet dignity that goes along with that creativity. We have a tendency to think of Californians as young, brash, and full of bravado, and while this can be quite true, we also must remember that the entire state—and its many beautiful cities—boast a long history of being the creative center of the west coast. Filled with beautiful theaters, LA art museums/galleries, and even simple buildings that are designed with a grandeur that most of today’s construction lacks, a trip to Los Angeles promises to be a culturally important one—if you know where to go!
The Greek Theater – 2700 North Vermont Avenue, Los Angeles
Built in 1929, this small open air theater is the place to go when you want to see some of your favorite musicians. With only 5870 seats, you can commune with nature as you dance in place to the latest and greatest as well as those bands you fondly remember from your youth! Find the Greek Theater located in Griffith Park.
The Bradbury Building – 304 South Broadway, Los Angeles
While relatively bland and nondescript when viewed from the outside, a step inside reveals the wonder and creativity of early architects who dreamed big. Built in 1893 by either Sumner Hunt or George Wyman, the Bradbury Building (pictured) is the oldest commercial venue and the most photographed building in all of Los Angeles. Wrought iron cage elevators, rich wood topped railings, and cool marble floors all combine to make this place a worthy addition to your Los Angeles cultural itinerary!
The Theater at Ace Hotel – 933 South Broadway, Los Angeles
Built in the 1920s and lovingly restored to its former glory in 2014, this movie theater will take your breath away from the moment you step inside. Gilded and glorious, the history of Hollywood filmmaking lives again after years of vacancy.
The Getty Villa – 17985 Pacific Coast Highway, Pacific Palisades
Combining education and entertainment and built to resemble an ancient Italian villa, the Getty Villa opened its doors in 1974 and is actually the second museum built to hold J. Paul Getty’s collection of Greek, Roman, and Etruscan treasures. This is a Los Angeles art museum you have to see!