5 Reasons to Be Thankful for Theater in Los Angeles
With Thanksgiving just around the corner, we thought we’d compile a short list of reasons why we’re thankful for theater in Los Angeles— all day, every day.
1. It’s live.
Los Angeles has long been a hub for the entertainment industry, attracting creatives from all over the world to live and work in the city’s creative culture. While its on-screen entertainment is distributed and consumed all around the world, LA’s theater scene provides a uniquely intimate alternative for those lucky enough to adventure within the city’s borders. There’s no yelling “cut!” or “that’s a wrap” live on stage; each show is a once-in-a-lifetime journey with the talented artists both onstage and behind the scenes.
2. There is just. so. much.
As one of the country’s most iconic theater cities, Los Angeles doesn’t just have great theater – it has a lot of great theater. From intimate venues (like Celebration Theatre, Theatre @ Boston Court, the Hudson Theatres, and Skylight Theatre, just to name a few) to Broadway-sized houses with large-scale productions (like the Ahmanson Theatre, the Hollywood Pantages, and the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion), LA theater comes in (literally) all shapes and sizes. And the productions are equally diverse, from avant-garde performance art to innovative dance and World Premiere plays and musicals. In LA’s theater scene, we’re lucky to have both quality and quantity.
3. Shows that premiere in LA go on to conquer the world.
Los Angeles is a popular destination to premiere and develop promising new work, and LA theatergoers often have the chance to see shows first.
4. It’s affordable.
What costs more: a live theater experience or two cocktails next door? Oftentimes the answer will surprise you. Theater in Los Angeles is often surprisingly affordable, which means LA theatergoers get to enjoy theater on the regular without breaking the bank.
5. It’s just like the city itself: unpredictable, original, bold, and sometimes weird (in a good way).
Los Angeles is a city full of characters, and you’ll find some of the city’s most colorful characters on stage. The eclectic theater scene is an essential piece of LA’s crazy puzzle, and it holds a special place in the fabric of LA’s creative landscape.
So thanks, LA theater, for keepin’ it real and keeping us captivated, enraptured, entertained and addicted year after year. We’re thankful!