THE FONDA THEATRE
6126 HOLLYWOOD BLVD. LOS ANGELES, CA 90028
Opened 1926. Formerly Music Box Theatre, Guild Theatre, Fox Theatre, and Pix Theatre…[rebranding’s a bitch huh? haha]
Since Goldenvoice took over concert promotions in LA, The Fonda Theatre has been one of the most exciting venues to visit. Spent more time there than any other venue in 2015. I’m quite happy for how it flourished over the past year. The amount of notable acts continues to grow as outcaste regulars from the Sunset Strip travel across town for the Fonda’s two-story 1,000+ house.
It doesn’t matter where you stand at the Fonda either. The floor arches up from the stage allowing everyone on the floor proper glance at the acts. You can usually find me stage right on the platform by the railing. It is my favorite spot because of the angle of the lights. The prestine photo area is the pit with second location being the balcony. The Fonda’s General Admission balcony is definitely cheaper than the floor in the resale market.
Recommend you buy there first…especially if you never dealt with the floor. Because at ultra sold out shows, people can be jerks. The balcony allows for a relaxing evening. The vintage seats provides comfort. You also have access to the rooftop bar that projects the stage feed on the building’s wall. You can sex up a date just knowing that information. A little time alone does wonders.
It’s Hollywood BLVD. You’ll pass countless parking spots. They are all pretty much safe. The lot directly next to the Fonda is about $20. But there are lots mere feet away that will range between $5 & $10. Street parking is also free after 8 P.M. Or you can take the Metro and walk from the W Hotel up the street. Because the parking is spread out, getting out of Hollywood after a show is civil & unchallenging.
This old dog hasn’t lost it’s bite. In fact, you could say The Fonda is the Benjamin button of the LA music scene.
PS: My FAVORITE bar, The Blue Palms Brewhouse, is attached to The Fonda. You can grab a beer or food after entering. It is amazing. Their happy hour ends at 6:30 on show nights so get there early to avoid the rush.