About The Wiltern
Situated on the corner of Wiltshire Boulevard and Western Avenue, the fabulous Art Deco masterpiece that is Wiltern Theatre has dominated the landscape for nearly a hundred years. Known affectionately simply as “The Wiltern,” this live venue (and the massive 12-story building it’s connected to) is an LA landmark and a piece of performance history.
The History of The Wiltern
Built in 1931 to serve as the first two floors of the Pellissier Building, the massive office structure that towers above the theater, The Wiltern was originally conceived as a vaudeville theater when it originally opened. Originally, it was known as the Warner Brothers Western Theater until it was renamed the Wiltern Theatre in the mid-30s. The venue would continue to provide a home for performances, renowned for its massive pipe organ, until the 1970s when it began to decline.
The Wiltern’s fortunes turned around in the 1980s, however, when it and the entire Pellissier Building were purchased and renovated extensively, with many of the Art Deco furnishings and fixtures being preserved or restored. Today The Wiltern is a premier live performance space that attracts top-tier talent from around the world.
What Makes Wiltern Events So Special?
The Wiltern is one spectacular venue. Marrying some of the most cutting-edge digital audio systems around with the opulence and splendor of the long-lost Art Deco period of the early 20th century, this live performance space is a feast for the eyes, the ears, and the soul. You’d have to be crazy to pass up a chance to see this theater up close!
Frequently Asked Questions
Where is The Wiltern located?
The Wiltern is situated on the corner of Wiltshire Boulevard and Western Avenue, in Los Angeles, CA.
What kind of events does The Wiltern host?
The modern incarnation of The Wiltern has seen plenty of incredible performers over the year. Its grand reopening featured the Alvin Ailey American Dance theater company; just a few weeks later, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers performed there as well. In the decades since, The Wiltern concerts have included acts like Dream Theater, Hozier, Jimmy Eat World, Erasure, DEADMAU5, Primus, Liam Gallagher, Chevelle, Taking Back Sunday, The Fray, Alice in Chains, Elton John — you name it, they’ve played it.
Which team is playing at The Wiltern?
As this is a music venue no team plays here.
Where can I park for free at The Wiltern?
Ample parking is available around the venue, the most convenient lot is Ralph's parking structure located south and east of the theatre on Oxford street. Parking for The Wiltern events is usually around $20.
What is the seating capacity of The Wiltern?
The Wiltern concerts can host up to 1,850 screaming fans.
Who owns The Wiltern?
Currently, The Wiltern building is owned privately by Wayne Ratkovich, and the venue is operated by Live Nation.
How do I get to The Wiltern using public transport?
Fans wishing to reach The Wiltern events on public transport are in luck. The Metro Purple Line stops right across the street from The Wiltern and connects with Downtown LA, Union Station, and Metro Red Line.