Wilshire is full of business once you go towards the west side. Companies like E! and Perez Hilton have offices there – it’s basically the epitome of what people assume Los Angeles is all about. It’s not all business though, there are a couple spots that make it a fun road to be on. The El Rey and The Wiltern call it home, as does this week’s venue pick; Saban Theatre. It actually stands right across from Perez and his gossip blogs, and usually houses the classics. It was once home to one of the coolest events for TV fans. Back in the day I didn’t notice too much going on, but nowadays it seems like one of the busiest spots in the city to spend an evening with music.
Address: 8440 Wilshire Blvd, Beverly Hills, CA 90211
Phone Number: (323) 655-0111
Website: Saban Theatre
A Favorite Saban Theatre
Funny enough, I have never been to concert at Saban. The only time I’d ever stepped into that venue was to go to PaleyFest. It’s a remarkable two weeks in March where the best casts and creators from television come out to talk about their show and meet the fans. I can’t recall the first one I ever went to, but I do remember being taken aback by the venue. The staircase that spiraled up to the bathroom, the bar that stood still in the center of the entryway and the plush seats that allowed for a comfortable night.
What I loved about PaleyFest was the intimacy of it all. The event has since moved to the Dolby Theatre in the middle of Hollywood where the Oscars are held, and it has never been the same since. The Saban offered you a chance to actually feel like you were involved in a moment with you favorite actors and creators of shows you idolized, and spent time with on a weekly basis. Plus, when it was over – Saban’s stage is not too high and getting your selfie with the stars was not a hassle or impossible. Now at Dolby, you’re lucky to get your forehead in the shot.
While I cannot speak for the venue when it comes to concerts, I will say that for PaleyFest, you were welcomed by a nice staff that were never fussy about the fans doing what they came to do. They were respectful and I’m sure that is how they are, still, today. Again, that intimacy in a luxurious setting, shows are not to be missed there.
Upcoming Events at Saban Theatre:
9/10 John Kay and Steppenwolf
9/2 Get the Led Out
9/23 Ottmar Liebert
10/1 Which One’s Pink
10/8 Donovan: Sunshine Superman Tour 50th Anniversary
10/15 Smokey Robinson
10/29 Jillian Michaels
11/5 Stephanie Miller’s Sexy Liberal Comedy Tour
11/12 Rickles & Regis
11/17-18 The Hip Hop Nutcracker
11/19 Gino Vannelli
12/11 Paul Anka
1/14 Neil Sedaka
1/20 Morris Day & The Time
2/25 Don Mclean