A Hollywood landmark, this theater opened in 1930 and was the home to the Academy Awards from 1949 to 1959. This theater has ... More
A Hollywood landmark, this theater opened in 1930 and was the home to the Academy Awards from 1949 to 1959. This theater has been restored to its original conditions and it offers a variety of performances.
I LOVE musicals and plays but I am NOT a fan of the Pantages. I have been a SEASON TICKET holder for 2 years and have learned that the Pantages LIES, LIES, LIES.
I was told that I would receive the best seats possible for my season ticket package. This was not true, there are better seats in the same section for the same price and for the same date available to the general public. ADDITIONALLY, I have been screwed on several performances because a week before the event, Ticket-master offers the tickets 50% off the regular prices (the prices that I paid way in advance to see the performance). I would highly recommend checking TravelZoo.com prior to purchasing tickets to see if you can get a discounted price through ticketmaster.
I contacted the season ticket office and they would not take any actions to rectify the situation. DO NOT BUY SEASON TICKETS!
I dont know what the folks on here are complaining about...I have been to many productions at the Pantages, as well as other theatres in LA and the OC...it is a beautiful theatre...I have seen Wicked, Lion King (both productions - the first was better) Oklahoma, Evita, Joseph, and many more...for us here in Southern Cal, this is it! Duh...this isnt Broadway! I DO however, agree that the volume is very low...hard to understand talking. And PLEASE, STOP LETTING PEOPLE EAT DURING THE PLAY!!!! If you are a person that eats during the show, please stop...your disgusting crunching, smacking, crinkling of wrappers, and your noisy bratty kids are annoying, and very rude.
The stage was really small. Too small to really enjoy the musical. This isn't a great place for Broadway musicals that need a lot of space on stage to use the effects and scenery succesfully. Also, volume needs to be turned up!
The theatre is beautiful, I'll give it that. The stage however, is horridly small. We went to see "The Lion King" on tour at the Pantages and it was the most dissapointing experience ever. The stage was so tiny, the animals all had to crowd together during the opening scene like a joke. No scene was dramatic, majestic or amazing because the stage dimensions didn't allow it to be. Also, the sound quality was dissapointing as well. the volume wasn't loud enough to excite, and not all of the instruments or speaking could be heard. I suppose that when it comes to Broadway theatrical productions, some shows just don't do well on such a tiny stage. The Lion king isn't one of them. Neither is Wicked for that matter. If you're going to see a Broadway musical on tour, don't let it be here! You'll be thoroughly dissapointed.
I think the Pantages theatre is a great place to see a show. Even the worst seat is still a great seat. The theatre itself is gorgeous and it is very comfortable. There is a sense of history and glamour to the theatre that is priceless.
The historical architecture of this theater is breathtaking. Sitting in my seat, I couldn't help but imagine what is must have been like in the early days of theater.
However, I am disappointed that the theater sells food/drink/candy, etc. to patrons, who are allowed to take such items back to their seat, for consumption during the show. The sound of candy wrappers being opened during a romantic or emotional scene is a bit unsettling. My last occasion at the theater was in the third to the last row -- the so-called "cheap seats". These tickets cost $65.00 each. I was unable to hear most of the show (the volume on the actors' microphones should have been turned up), but, much worse, was the constant distraction of the people around me opening candy and consuming other food items. I was quite disappointed that I was unable to thoroughly enjoy the show -- and that I had spent $130.00+ to listen to what I could easily hear in any normal movie theater. There should be a rule -- no eating in the theater. Not only is it distracting, but I hate the thought of the theater being destroyed by people who eat like slobs.
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