The Troubadour opened in 1957. In September of that same year, Lenny Bruce took to its stage and was arrested on charges of obscenity. The venue has been an unstoppable force in the entertainment industry ever since. Neil Young played his LA debut there in 1969, and in 1970, Neil Diamond introduced a fresh new act from the UK: Elton John. Prince performed two surprise shows in 2011 on a 21-night performance streak through LA that only stopped when he figured out how to turn his amp off. Today, The Troubadour continues to prove a favorite stage for world-renowned musicians and up-and-comers alike.
Saban Theatre has been entertaining audiences since 1930, when it was one of old Hollywood's premiere film palaces. The art deco theatre, then named the Fox Wilshire, attracted its fair share of cinema legends. In 1953, the stars of Hollywood turned out for the premiere of Marilyn Monroe and Lauren Bacall's film, ¬How to Marry a Millionaire. Walt Disney arrived at the theater later that year to exhibit the fist widescreen Donald Duck cartoon, which required subtitles for non-avian audience members.
In 1981, the theater's owners chose to shift from film to live performance. They renovated the building, converted the auditorium into a stage venue, and changed the name to Saban Theatre. Since then, the venue has hosted performances from the likes of Richard Pryor, Billy Crystal, and Sting. Even with its modern headliners, the theater still echoes Tinsel Town's Golden Age with its ornate plasterwork and grand sculptures.