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Best Concert Venues In Los Angeles For A Date

January 9, 2014 5:00 AM

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(credit: Gabriel Bouys/AFP/Getty Images)

(credit: Gabriel Bouys/AFP/Getty Images)

(credit: Hollywood Bowl)

(credit: Hollywood Bowl)


If your desire is to impress a love interest or reignite a relationship, the right choice of music can play a pivotal role in your plans. Once an impressionable location and dramatic atmosphere are added to the scene, you’ve got the making of what could be a blissful chapter in your expanding book of memories. Whether you prefer to hang out casually or rock a steady hookup, here are some of the more alluring concert venues in Los Angeles designed to stimulate, gratify and redefine date night.
(credit: Hollywood Bowl)

(credit: Hollywood Bowl)


Hollywood Bowl
2301 N. Highland Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90068
(323) 850-2000
www.hollywoodbowl.com

For that special someone, consider a date that starts with a sunset picnic, followed by a mesmerizing concert under the stars. Set against a picturesque backdrop of scenic hills and the famous Hollywood sign in distant display, this classic venue plays host to hundreds of musical events each year. Established in 1922, the Hollywood Bowl is the summer home of the Los Angeles Philharmonic and the place to see the nation's best singers and bands. On special occasions, the historic site has been known to put on quite a spectacle that includes jaw-dropping fireworks presentations. An evening set aside to attend the amphitheater's popular summer jazz series will be one to treasure.

(courtesy Orpheum.com)

(courtesy Orpheum.com)


Orpheum Theatre
842 S. Broadway
Los Angeles, CA 90014
(877) 677-4386
www.laorpheum.com

Designed in 1926 to host touring performers on the vaudeville circuit, the Orpheum Theatre has developed into one of LA’s more inviting places to experience a live concert. During the last century, some of the nation’s more notable jazz artists have graced its stage, including Lena Horne, Ella Fitzgerald and Duke Ellington. Today, music lovers get a chance to see leading artists they thought they would never encounter in person, such as English rock band Pink Floyd. This fanciful locale is so appealing that it served as a first-date rendezvous for the lead characters in the 2007 romantic comedy “In Search of a Midnight Kiss.” In reality, the beloved entertainment haven remains a great date spot.

(credit: L.A. County Music Center)

(credit: L.A. County Music Center)


Walt Disney Concert Hall
111 S. Grand Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90012
(323) 850-2000
www.laphil.com

Even before entering this modernistic complex that has become an arresting landmark in downtown LA, music admirers can’t help but stand in total awe. This generous gift, provided by the late Lillian Disney in an affectionate tribute to her late husband’s devotion to the arts, represents elements of passion that are simply magnetic. The Frank Gehry-designed complex is a crowning jewel to visit because of its distinguished class, style and glamour. This masterpiece of architectural razzle-dazzle plays host to world-famous singers and musicians in a pageant of praise-worthy concerts throughout the year. It’s an ideal meeting place to celebrate an engagement or arrange a double date.

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(credit: Teresa R. / Yelp)

(credit: Teresa R. / Yelp)


The Wiltern
3790 Wilshire Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90010
(213) 388-1400
www.wilterntheatertickets.com

Located in central LA near Koreatown, this Art Deco-designed gem is a colorful place to treat a date to a concert. The Wiltern is owned by Live Nation, a company known for promoting or producing an incredible number of events annually, including crowd-pleasing concerts. Upon entering the auditorium, newcomers are absolutely shocked by its tile work, splashy murals and the sunburst pattern on the ceiling. Originally built in 1931, the theatre has been named to the National Register of Historic Places and recognized for inviting such charting recording artists as The Crowes and Bryan Adams to its stage. This place certainly sets a beyond-compare mood for a one-on-one date.

(credit: Greek Theatre)

(credit: Greek Theatre)


Greek Theatre
2700 N. Vermont Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90027
(323) 665-5857
www.greektheatrela.com

Throughout its first few decades after being built in 1929, this charming amphitheatre was utilized primarily as barracks during WWII. Today, the intimate domain presents a regular rotation of classical and modern-day productions and top-drawer musical events. Modeled after a Greek temple, this beguiling setting redefines romanticism in the arts. Celebrated musical artists that have recorded concerts before a live audience at this Griffith Park location include Harry Belafonte, Neil Diamond and Chicago, featuring Earth, Wind & Fire. Embraced by nature’s glory and a flush history that spans more than 85 years, the Greek Theatre reigns supreme as the place to fancy a date of any age.

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Sharon Raiford Bush is an award-winning journalist who covers topics of social interest in greater Los Angeles. Some news articles she has authored have been archived by the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC. Sharon also contributes to Examiner.com.
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