In a city of Art Deco landmarks, the Wiltern might be one of L.A.'s most striking architectural fixtures. Originally intended as a vaudeville theater when it opened in 1931, the venue has hosted film screenings, but in more recent years has been primarily a location for rock and pop concerts. Named after the intersection of Wilshire Blvd. and Western Ave., where it's located on the edge of Koreatown, the grand old building features classic furnishings, crystal lamps and ornate sun designs painted on the theater's large, high ceiling. A large balcony looks down over a ground floor, which alternates between seated and general-admission style standing room. Several full bars are scattered around the roomy environs, including in the sumptuously gilded lobby. The high ceiling sometimes makes for echoing sound when loud rock bands play the theater, but the acoustics are usually fine for quieter performers and theatrical events. Ray Davies, Cheap Trick, Radio Birdman, Buffalo Springfield, the Breeders and Dimmu Borgir are among the widely disparate musicians who've invaded the Wiltern's lavish stage. All ages, with street parking and a multistory lot next door.

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