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The Wiltern in Los Angeles

The Wiltern, Los Angeles, California
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James Cagney, Clark Gable and Joan Crawford were among the first stars at the opening of this art-deco theatre at the bottom of a 12-story tower in 1931. Since then, Bruce Springsteen, Bob Dylan, Sufjan Stevens and Bon Iver have all performed under the Wiltern's retro-cool chandelier. Standing out on a busy corner in L.A.'s Koreatown, it's become a key spot for rising bands. "The must-play when you move from a club to a theatre in L.A.," boasts Michael Rapino, chief executive of Live Nation, which runs the Wiltern.

Capacity: 2,300

Fun Fact:
Rickie Lee Jones, Florence + the Machine, Jonsi and David Crosby are among the headliners who've put out Live at the Wiltern albums or films.

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