It's long been praised as one of the finest examples of the Art Deco style of architecture in the country. That's pretty awesome. But even better is the fact that it's located right here in sunny Los Angeles. Initially designed as a place to host vaudeville shows, since the mid-80s the Wiltern Theatre has become a prime venue for acts to play when they come into town. In the last few months alone artists like Jack White, Eddie Vedder, and Meatloaf have performed on its hallowed stage. So with the summer concert season in clear view, you're bound to have some questions about tickets, parking, where to eat, etc. Here's everything you'll need to know when visiting the Wiltern Theatre.
Where is the Wiltern Theatre located?
The Wiltern is located in Koreatown, on the corner of Wilshire Boulevard and Western Avenue. The theatre's official address is 3790 Wilshire Boulevard, 90010. Just look for the big, greenish blue building.
How do I purchase tickets?
All tickets for shows at the Wiltern can be purchased through Live Nation. You can also purchase tickets through the box office three hours prior to the start time for a show. Just be sure to bring cash because the box office doesn't accept credit cards. The theatre's box office is located at the front entrance of the theatre. For 24 hour information from the Wiltern Theatre's box office, call (213) 388-1400.
How do I get there by public transportation?
The Wiltern Theatre is located right across the street from the Wilshire/Western Metro Station so you're in luck if you plan on getting there by train. The Purple Line will take you right there.
There are also plenty of bus options available. Your best bet is to get on the Metro Rapid Line 757 or 727, both of which stop right in front of the theatre. You can find the exact times the buses are running by visiting www.mta.net.
How do I get there by car?
Those coming from West Hollywood or Hollywood can head east on Hollywood Boulevard, then make a right on Western Avenue. Don't stop driving until you're in front of a big green building with the name Wiltern on the side.
If you're coming from the South Bay and the beach cities, take the 405 North to the 10 East. Get off on the Normandie Exit and take that towards Western Avenue. It will lead you right in front of the theatre.
Those traveling from Pasadena need to take the 110 South. Get off at Wilshire Boulevard and make a right. Drive for about three miles until you reach the front entrance.
If you're coming from the San Fernando Valley, take the 101 South and exit on Normandie Avenue. Drive for about 1.5 miles until you come upon Wilshire Boulevard. From there you'll want to make a right on Wilshire, which will lead you right to the theatre.
Those coming from Orange County should take the 5 North to the 10 West. Get off on the Western Avenue Exit. This will take you right to the theatre's front entrance.
What's the parking like if I drive?
The Wiltern does have a four level parking facility that's just south of the theatre, right off of Western Avenue. Parking will cost you $20. The parking situation can get kind of crazy on show days, so don't be too confident that parking spots will still be available when you arrive. There is street parking available around the theatre's vicinity, but that tends to fill up quickly as well.
What's the seating situation like?
1,200 seats were removed from orchestra section on the ground floor in 2002, to offer concertgoers more of a cozy setting. The Wiltern now seats up to 1,850 people (2,220 if its standing room only), and includes both balcony seating and an ample number of seats on the ground floor. Given its intimate set-up, the Wiltern is definitely one of the better venues for seeing your favorite artists perform live.
What kind of concessions do they serve inside?
The Wiltern does have two full-service bars located on the ground level. Drinks usually range between $8 and $15, with beer around $8. They also have a fairly decent selection of craft brews and imports.
Are there any good places to eat around there?
Given its location, there are tons of really good Korean restaurants all around the Wiltern – many of which are opened late into the night. Café Jack, located at 508 S. Western, is serving up everything from sushi, hot wings, even tempura, until 4 a.m. Crazy Hook, located at 3250 Wilshire Boulevard, also doubles as a bar and has lots of tasty chicken, seafood and sausage dishes on their menu. They close at 2 a.m. But if you're just in the mood for pizza, you can always head over to Village Pizza in Larchmont Village. There's also a 24-hour Denny's located right down the street on Wilshire, just in case you get a late-night craving for some pancakes.
Where can I learn more about the Wiltern Theatre?
Since the Wiltern Theatre doesn't have a website, you'll want to check out www.livenation.com/the-wiltern-tickets-los-angeles/venue/73790 for more information on all of the upcoming shows.