University of Southern California

SCampus Student Guidebook

Exploring Los Angeles

Arts and Entertainment

Art Galleries

See La Cienega Station and Pershing Square Station.


Aquarium of the Pacific

100 Aquarium Way
Long Beach, CA 90802
(562) 590-3100

Home to more than 500 species from Southern California/Baja, the Tropical Pacific and the Northern Pacific.


$25.95 ($19 from USC Ticket Office)

Hollywood Sign

Hollywood, CA

Famous Southern California landmark in the hills of Hollywood. Best places to see the sign are:

Hollywood and Highland complex
corner of Beachwood Canyon Dr. and Glen Holly St.
corner of Franklin Ave. and Gower St.
Lake Hollywood near Hollywood Reservoir (see Website for directions)

Hollywood Walk of Fame

Hollywood, CA

The world’s most famous sidewalk, with five miles of bronze stars honoring greats of motion pictures, television, radio, recording and theatre. Located on both sides of Hollywood Blvd. from Gower St. to La Brea Ave. and both sides of Vine St. from Yucca St. to Sunset Blvd. The Website lists the locations of every Walk of Fame star.

Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Garden

5333 Zoo Dr.
Los Angeles, CA 90027
(323) 644-4200

Zoo features koalas, giraffes, zebras, elephants, flamingos, gorillas, a petting zoo and more.


$17; Safari Shuttle transports you through zoo for an extra $4.

Santa Monica Pier

Santa Monica, CA
(310) 458-8901

Pier near sandy beach. Admission to pier is free. Features the following:


(310) 394-8042

Vintage merry-go-round.

Pacific Park

380 Santa Monica Pier
(310) 260-8744

Amusement park on the pier features variety of rides. Unlimited-ride wristband $22.95. See Website for coupons or to buy tickets online at discounted prices.

Playland Arcade

350 Santa Monica Pier
(310) 451-5133

Santa Monica Pier Aquarium

1600 Ocean Front Walk
(310) 393-6149

Features interactive displays and touch tanks with tide pool animals. $5 donation suggested; $3 minimum to enter.


Barney’s Beanery

8447 Santa Monica Blvd.
West Hollywood, CA 90069
(323) 654-2287

Pool games ($1.25 per game), an arcade, a full sports bar, karaoke nights and a great happy hour.

Conga Room

See Pico Station.


See Pico Station.

The Dresden Restaurant

See Vermont/Sunset Station.

The Edison

See Civic Center Station.

Howl at the Moon

1000 Universal Studios Blvd.
Universal City, CA 91608
(818) 755-9970

Piano bar centered around audience interaction. No cover charge Monday – Wednesday.

Library Bar

See 7th Street Metro Station.


8911 Santa Monica Blvd.
West Hollywood, CA 90069
(310) 652-7055

Two-level gay club with multiple bars and a different theme every night. Call for cover charge information.

Seven Grand

See 7th Street Metro Station.

The Standard Rooftop Bar

See 7th Street Metro Station.

Tiki Ti

See Vermont/Sunset Station.


Comedy Store

8433 W. Sunset Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90069
(323) 650-6268

Stand-up comedy club for 21 and over only. Tickets may be purchased online.

Ice House

24 N. Mentor Ave.
Pasadena, CA 91106
(626) 577-1894

Stand-up comedy shows. See Website for show times, reservation information and cover charge. Two drink minimum.

Laugh Factory

8001 W. Sunset Blvd.
West Hollywood, CA 90046
(323) 656-1336

Offers stand-up comedy. Reservations recommended. Tickets available online.

Special Deals

College Night held most Wednesdays and Thursdays at 10 p.m. Tickets are $20 ($15 with student ID). Call for reservations. If planning your visit in advance, email the club at for possible further discounts.


Club Nokia

See Pico Station.

El Rey Theatre

5515 Wilshire Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90036
(323) 936-6400

Venue features rock bands, dance club nights and special events. Tickets available online.

Greek Theatre

2700 N. Vermont Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90027
(323) 665-5857

The outdoor theatre, located in Griffith Park, offers concerts from various artists during the late spring and summer months only. Schedule available on their Website. Tickets available at the box office or through Ticketmaster outlets, phone lines or online (

Hollywood Bowl

2301 N. Highland Ave.
Hollywood, CA 90068
(323) 850-2000

Features mainly orchestra (Los Angeles Philharmonic) and jazz concerts during the summer months only. Tickets available from the box office or on the Bowl’s Website once the season begins.

Student Rush

Available for select Los Angeles Philharmonic performances only. See the Walt Disney Concert Hall.

The Hotel Café

See Hollywood/Vine Station.

L.A. Opera

See Civic Center Station.


366 N. La Cienega Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90048
(310) 855-0350

Features comedy and music acts, with several local artists in residence. Offers both a 280-seat venue and a smaller bar-and-stage room for more intimate performances.

Nokia Theatre

See Pico Station.

Shrine Auditorium

665 W. Jefferson Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90007
(213) 748-5116

Offers events and concerts from various artists. Tickets available through Ticketmaster (

Staples Center

See Pico Station.

The Troubadour

9081 Santa Monica Blvd.
West Hollywood, CA 90069
(310) 276-1158

This all-ages club hosts singer-songwriters and rock bands. Tickets are available through TicketFly at or from the box office (on night of performance only).

Walt Disney Concert Hall

See Civic Center Station.

The Wiltern

3790 Wilshire Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90010
(213) 388-1400

Concerts from a variety of musicians. Tickets available through Live Nation ( or at the box office. Tickets purchased on day of show must be paid for in cash.


Arclight Cinemas

See Hollywood/Vine Station.

Citywalk Stadium 19 with IMAX

100 Universal City Plaza
Universal City, CA 91608
(888) AMC-4FUN

Tickets are $13, $11.25 for matinees and $7.50 for any movies before noon. Reserved tickets are subject to a $1 fee. Students get $1 off on Thursday only. Add $4 for 3D, $5 for IMAX and $6 for IMAX 3D.

El Capitan Theatre

See Hollywood/Highland Station.

Flagship Theatres University Village 3

See Local.

Grauman’s Chinese & Chinese 6

See Hollywood/Highland Station.

iPic Theaters

42 Miller Alley
Pasadena, CA 91103
(626) 639-2260

High-end cinema with leather recliners and dinner delivered in-theatre. Tickets range from $24 to $29 and exclude the price of food and drink.

Laemmle Playhouse 7

673 E. Colorado Blvd.
Pasadena, CA 91101
(626) 844-6500

Focuses on independent and international releases. Tickets $11; matinees $8.

The Landmark

10850 W. Pico Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90064
(310) 470-0492

Hosts both major and independent releases. Tickets $13; $10 matinee. Add $3 for 3D films.

Naz 8 Cinemas

6440 E. South St.
Lakewood, CA 90713
(562) 866-2444

Bollywood cinema near Little India.

Pacific Theatres at the Grove

189 The Grove Dr.
Los Angeles, CA 90036
(323) 692-0829

Tickets $13.75; matinees $11.75. Add $3.50 for 3D films.

Pacific Theatres Stadium 12

See Culver City Station.

Regal Cinemas L.A. LIVE

See Pico Station.

Vintage Cinemas Los Feliz 3

See Vermont/Sunset Station.

Vintage Cinemas Vista Theatre

See Vermont/Sunset Station.

Movies – Classics

Aero Theatre

1328 Montana Ave.
Santa Monica, CA 90403

Hosts revival and arthouse films; see Website for calendar. Tickets $11 ($9 with student ID).

The Cinefamily at the Silent Movie Theatre

611 N. Fairfax Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90036
(323) 655-2510

Shows silent and later classics, noir, music documentaries, cult cinema and a weekly series of especially bizarre films from the archives. Tickets are $12, and a monthly membership – which includes free admission to all the theatre’s screenings – costs $25.

Egyptian Theatre

See Hollywood/Highland Station.

Los Angeles County Museum of Art – Bing Theater

5905 Wilshire Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90036
(323) 857-6000

In addition to its gallery offerings, LACMA hosts periodic film series. Tickets are $10, general admission ($7 with a student ID), and include entrance to the museum galleries.

New Beverly Cinema

7165 W. Beverly Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90036
(323) 938-4038

A revival theatre specializing in modern classics, cult or otherwise. Each night’s double feature costs $8 – cash only. The schedule is available online.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences

The Academy hosts occasional screenings in its L.A. theatres, the Samuel Goldwyn and Linwood Dunn. See the Website for a calendar.


Autry National Center

4700 Western Heritage Way
Los Angeles, CA 90027
(323) 667-2000

Features art and historical memorabilia of the American West. Closed Monday.


$10 ($6 with student ID). Free second Tuesday of the month.

California African American Museum

See Local.

California Science Center

See Local.

Chinese American Museum

425 N. Los Angeles St.
Los Angeles, CA 90012
(213) 485-8567

Features exhibits on the rich culture and heritage of Chinese Americans, including contemporary arts, images and artifacts. Closed Monday.


Suggested donation of $3 ($2 for students with valid ID).

Getty Center

1200 Getty Center Dr.
Los Angeles, CA 90049
(310) 440-7300

Museum houses European paintings, drawings, sculpture, illuminated manuscripts, decorative arts and European and American photographs. Noted for its architecture and gardens. Closed Monday.



Getty Villa

17985 Pacific Coast Hwy.
Pacific Palisades, CA 90272
(310) 440-7300

An educational center and museum dedicated to the study of the arts and cultures of ancient Greece, Rome and Etruria.


Free. Advance, timed tickets are required. Refer to Website for availability.

Grammy Museum

See Pico Station.

Guinness World Records Museum

See Hollywood/Highland Station.

Hollywood Wax Museum

See Hollywood/Highland Station.

Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens

1151 Oxford Rd.
San Marino, CA 91108
(626) 405-2100

Features rose, bonsai, desert, Japanese and other gardens. Art galleries feature British and French art of 18th and 19th centuries, American art from the 1690s to the 1950s, and more. Library Exhibition Halls display rare books and manuscripts of Anglo-American civilization. Closed Tuesday.


$20 ($12 with student ID) on weekdays; $23 ($13 with student ID) on weekends and Monday holidays. Free first Thursday of every month with advance tickets.

Japanese American National Museum

100 N. Central Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90012
(213) 625-0414

Features a variety of Japanese paintings, sculpture and photography. Closed Monday.


$9 ($5 with student ID). Free from 5–8 p.m. Thursday and all day every third Thursday of the month.

Los Angeles County Museum of Art

5905 Wilshire Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90036
(323) 857-6000
(323) 857-0098 (TDD)

LACMA’s collections feature American, African, Islamic, Asian, European and Latin American modern and contemporary art. Closed Wednesday.


Regular admission $15 ($10 with student ID). Free on the second Tuesday of each month and on certain holiday Mondays.

MOCA Pacific Design Center

8687 Melrose Ave.
West Hollywood, CA 90069

Features rotating exhibitions of architecture, design and selections from MOCA’s permanent collection. Closed Monday.

Museum of Contemporary Art

See Civic Center Station.

Museum of Jurassic Technology

See Culver City Station.

Museum of Latin American Art (MOLAA)

628 Alamitos Ave.
Long Beach, CA 90802
(562) 437-1689

Presents contemporary Latin American art created by artists who have lived or worked in Latin America. Closed Monday and Tuesday.


$9 ($6 with student ID). Free on Sundays.

Museum of Tolerance

Simon Wiesenthal Plaza
9786 W. Pico Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90035
(310) 553-8403

Features interactive exhibits on dynamics of racism and prejudice in America and history of the Holocaust. Closed Saturday.


$15.50 ($11.50 with student ID)

Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County

See Local.

Norton Simon Museum

411 W. Colorado Blvd.
Pasadena, CA 91105
(626) 449-6840

Features private collections of European, American and Asian artwork. Closed Tuesday.


$10 (free with student ID). Free first Friday of every month from 6–9 p.m.

Page Museum at the La Brea Tar Pits

5801 Wilshire Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90036
(323) 934-PAGE

Showcases a diverse collection of Ice Age plants and animals found in tar pits.


$12 ($9 with student ID). Free on first Tuesday of each month.

Petersen Automotive Museum

6060 Wilshire Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90036
(323) 930-CARS

Exhibits illustrate the evolution of automobiles. Classic cars also on display. Closed Monday.


$12 ($5 with student ID)

Ripley’s Believe It or Not

See Hollywood/Highland Station.

Skirball Cultural Center

2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90049
(310) 440-4500

Multimedia installations, artifacts, photographs and sound recordings about history of Jewish people in the United States. Closed Monday.


$10 ($7 with student ID) for permanent collection. See Website for admission prices for special exhibits. All exhibits free on Thursday.


The Actors’ Gang

See Culver City Station.

Center Theatre Group

See Civic Center Station.

Company of Angels Theatre

See Pershing Square Station.

East West Players

See Civic Center Station.

Ford Amphitheatre

2580 E. Cahuenga Blvd.
Hollywood, CA 90068
(323) 461-3673

Presents small theatre productions. Tickets available at box office or online. Student discounts available.

Alternative Transportation

Take Metro Red Line to Universal City and take free Ford shuttle to theatre (summer season evening performances only).

The Groundlings

7307 Melrose Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90046
(323) 934-4747

Comedy troupe improv performances. Ticket prices range from $6 to $20.

Kirk Douglas Theatre

See Culver City Station.

Kodak Theatre

See Hollywood/Highland Station.

L.A. Opera

See Civic Center Station.

Lula Washington Dance Theatre

See Crenshaw Station.

A Noise Within

3352 E. Foothill Blvd.
Pasadena, CA 91107
(626) 356-3100

Performances in this small theatre include classic works. Ticket prices range from $36 to $56 depending on the time and day of the performance.

Special Deals

“Pay what you can” previews allow patrons to purchase tickets for what they can afford ($10 suggested minimum). Tickets are sold on a first-come, first-served basis. See Website for preview dates. Tickets for student groups of 10 or more are $16 each or $20 for Saturday evenings. Student rush tickets are also $20 at the box office one hour before the show, depending on availability.

Pantages Theatre

See Hollywood/Vine Station.

One comment on “Arts and Entertainment”

  1. Sam Zhai Says:

    Dear SCampus and students,

    As a campus representative of the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra (LACO), I highly recommend LACO concerts to all USC students, especially Classical music lovers. LACO is well known for its high-quality performances, whose recordings are often played on KUSC. LACO also has wonderful and creative programs for its concerts, with music selections ranging from everlasting Baroque classics to new works yet to be premiered. Most importantly, any college student can just pay $25 for an “all access pass”, which includes tickets for multiple concerts, right to attend special events as well as privilege to reserve more tickets for friends! For more information, please check out . I hope this information can be helpful and even be a part of our SCampus publication next year! Thank you all!

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