Taking advantage of Los Angeles’ rich legacy of live entertainment and talent pool, Melrose Avenue is home to many vibrant, eclectic venues. If you’re a theatre buff, you’re covered. Love world music? Also covered. How ‘bout laughing? Do you like laughing? There’s comedy!
After an amazing dinner and drinks at one of the Avenue’s restaurants, it’s a good time to take in a show. Here are the seven best places to be entertained, any day of the week, on Melrose.
This is L.A.’s homegrown comedy incubator: by day, a school for learning sketch and improv skills, and by night, the place to be to see the finest comedians on stage. With shows almost every night of the week, and multiple late night options, you should definitely be one of the lucky people seeing L.A.’s best talent before they go on to TV and film. Remember, Groundlings alumni include Will Ferrell, Kristin Wiig, Lisa Kudrow, Paul Reubens, Will Forte, Maya Rudolph, Kathy Griffin, and Chris Parnell and alumni can drop in any time.
7307 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90046
- MATRIX THEATRE
Joe Stern and the Matrix Theatre are part of the rich history of performing arts not just on Melrose, but in southern California. Every work that hits the stage is culturally significant, exploring ideas such as race, family dynamics, and equality. With hundreds of awards under its belt, and critical acclaim for every production, the Matrix Theatre is a sure thing for a night of stimulating theatre.
7657 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90046
- ZEPHYR THEATRE
For more than fifty years, Zephyr Theatre has brought intimate, in-your-face theatre to Melrose Avenue. Oscar and Emmy winners have graced its stage. On any given night there will be drama, comedy, a reading or workshop, or even a musical. It’s produced world premieres and the works of new playwrights. Producing Artistic Director and owner Lee Sankowich is dedicating to serving the unique entertainment needs of local and visiting theatre goers who expect the very best from L.A.
7456 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90046
- META THEATRE
Tucked in the Anthony Meindl’s Actor Workshop location are several theatre spaces which host productions regularly. Recent shows from local companies 2 Kings and Infinite Jest illustrate the depth and proficiency that you’d expect to experience in the #1 acting school in Los Angeles. While Meindl’s teaching empire is international and has delivered Hollywood megastars, the Melrose location offers the best of our local actors.
7801 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90046
- GREENWAY COURT THEATRE
The Greenway Court Theatre is part of a larger arts model that provides our Los Angeles community with access to a wide variety of creative mediums. The Greenway season can offer co-productions of classic works, solo shows, world premieres. Every Tuesday you can get your flow on in Da Poetry Lounge, an open mic that attracts the most poignant and powerful performers. DPL is the largest and longest-running spoken word event in the country, and inspired Russell Simmons’ Def Poetry Jam.
544 Fairfax Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90036
- SAL’S VIENNA CAFE
Every Monday night at 8, in the back of this excellent option for pre-show dining, Last Comic Standing’s Dante and his partner Rebekah host a lineup of L.A.’s best comedians in a no-cover extravaganza. Funny people from HBO, Comedy Central, and clubs across the country make for a good, long night of laughter.
7356 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90046
What’s better than eating authentic, healthy Mexican food in a vintage ‘70s Melrose Avenue restaurant (besides doing shots of specialty tequilas)? Eating and drinking the deliciousness while being serenaded by the strolling musicians. Antonio’s just loves live music, and makes sure every night includes it. If it’s a holiday or special occasion, expect the possibility of dancers, comedy, costumes, and maybe even contortionists!
7470 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90046