14. The Wiltern
City: Los Angeles
Address: 3790 Wilshire Blvd.
Coolest Feature: The five-teared floor, which rests on incline from stage
The Wiltern opened its famous doors in 1931. Sporting an interior designed by G. Albert Lansburgh, the space has become easily recognizable thanks to its art deco work, which consists of elaborate plaster and murals courtesy of Anthony Heinsbergen. Stationed diagonally in Koreatown and perched to the heavens, the 12-story Pellissier Building, named for the family that owned the land where it was developed, is covered in terra cotta and was built with narrow windows to make the tower seem taller than it is because no buildings in L.A. could be taller than city hall until the '50s.
The Wiltern was originally built with the intention of hosting vaudeville productions, but has become arguably the best live venue in the city since the mid-'80s. Since becoming a concert venue, the Wiltern has hosted the likes of Jack White and Eddie Vedder, and a $1.5 million renovation in 2002 removed the orchestra level seats, adding a five-teared floor that rises up from the stage which has afforded all patrons a better look at the stage. Both the theater and the Pellissier Building have been declared a Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monument and were added to the National Register of Historic Places.