10 things to do in North Hollywood and the NoHo Arts District
One of the most aesthetically unique comic shops in Los Angeles, Blastoff is brightly lit and filled with wood shelving and fixtures. The unorthodox setting highlights the shop’s smaller, curated selection of comics and graphic novels alongside original art, statues and framed classic issues for sale.
In L.A., Laemmle Theaters is one of the hallowed places to watch the best in independent and foreign films as well as preview screenings and panels. To say that it's an important part of being an L.A. film enthusiast would be an understatement. Established in 1938, the company is still family-run by (you guessed it) the Laemmles (say "LEM-lee").
This NoHo Arts District gallery doubles as the public-facing home of the entertainment industry’s Art Directors Guild. Inside the historic Lankershim Arts Center storefront you'll find a mix of exhibitions that focus on specific Guild artists as well as more broad themes like abstraction, still life and the Old West.
For a pick-me-up, grab an almond milk tea with boba from this NoHo space that's part cafe, part performance venue. Make sure to check out the back patio, which regularly hosts pop-up markets and impromptu performances, in addition to its gallery-like interior.
This small and well-kept North Hollywood theater hosts Saturday Night Live-quality nights—take that analogy however you please. While sketch comedy is the Acme's speciality, you'll also find improv shows mixed into the schedule.
Since the Road was founded in 1991, the membership-based company of creatives has built a reputation for supporting, nurturing and presenting original works designed to introduce new voices and thoughts to the American stage. In addition to live performances at their two nearby venues (the other venue is part of the NoHo Senior Arts Colony), they also present free weekly series of staged readings of new plays every Monday night, as well as art exhibits and offer writing and acting classes.
The 360-seat main theater at this inviting former cinema is used by a variety of tenants, but the building also houses two sub-100-seat theaters. You'll find everything from one-man shows to legacy rock acts gracing the stage here.
The California Institute of Abnormalarts (CIA, get it?) is a NoHo nightclub that’s equal parts bad acid trip and carnival sideshow of atrocity. Started by two dudes who like collecting the freakiest “art” on earth, the place is stuffed from floor to ceiling with zombie clowns, wax pirates and the like. The acts booked here are equally weird and include circus performers and bands that dress in a wild variety of costumes from pirates to mutated chickens.
Typically, tearing up railroad tracks is a sign of the continued dominance of the car, but the Chandler Bikeway as a welcome exception to the rule. These two miles of Chandler Boulevard, stretching from Mariposa Street in Burbank to Vineland Avenue in NoHo, were converted into a paved bikeway and sidewalk in 2004. The odd sculpture or piece of street art perk up the surroundings, but the real draw is the path's view of the Verdugo Mountains.
This ornate domed arch on the Burbank-NoHo border started out in 1924 as the grand entrance to the Valhalla Memorial Park Cemetery, though noise from the neighboring airport (now Bob Hope Airport) ultimately redirected traffic to the other side of the cemetery. Since 1953, the portal has served as a mausoleum and memorial to early aviation pioneers, including a plaque dedicated to Amelia Earhart and a model of the Space Shuttle Columbia.
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