Finding quality theater in Los Angeles can be tricky. To guarantee a high quality and professional show, you'll need to go to one of the better known theaters like the Pantages, the Ahmanson or the Mark Taper Forum. I've always enjoyed a great show at those venues, but have had less luck at the "local" neighborhood theaters.
I can hear the voices now: "...But tickets to the Ahmanson Theater are really expensive and I can't afford to go all the time!" Yes, regular price tickets are expensive ($150 for orchestra seating) but if you've been following this blog, you'll know that I rarely pay full price for entertainment items. There are websites like Goldstar.com and Stubdog.com that offer deep discounts on special event tickets, ranging from theater to baseball games to motorsports races. The Ahmanson theater and Mark Taper Forum also offer $20 hot tix, which are available in person at the box office on the day of the show. I went during lunch time to pick up my hot tix, but most of the time, you can just show up an hour or so before show time and buy the hot tix as long as they're not sold out. You can find more information about hot tix at centertheatregroup.org. Follow this guide to avoid paying $15 for parking when you go to these theaters.
Always immerse yourself in that which you love. It doesn't have to be something fancy; even a trip to the Santa Monica Promenade can be inspiring, as you walk past the various artists performing on the street.
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