Los Angeles adds to its world-class collection of museums and performing arts centers with highly-anticipated openings in 2014. For a complete bucket list of this year's must-see events and attractions, check out our guide to the Best of Los Angeles in 2014.
The $50-million Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts opened in October 2013 and continues its inaugural season throughout 2014. An entire city block has been transformed into a vibrant new cultural destination, the first performing arts center to be built in Beverly Hills. The Wallis features two distinct, elegant buildings: the state-of-the-art, 500-seat Goldsmith Theatre and the historic 1933 Beverly Hills Post Office, which includes the 150-seat Lovelace Theatre. For its inaugural season, the Wallis will produce and present outstanding theater, music and dance, as well as exciting programming for a family audience. The venue will also enhance the live theater experience through special exhibitions that reveal another layer of meaning to a show or presentation.
Opening in 2014, the Italian American Museum of Los Angeles (IAMLA) is the only museum in Southern California dedicated to the Italian-American experience. IAMLA is being built in the historic Italian Hall, located adjacent to Olvera Street in Downtown. The now-restored Italian Hall was constructed in 1908 as a social and cultural center for the Italian community, in what was then the core of the city's Little Italy. The interactive museum documents the history and continuing contributions of Italian-Americans, and also highlights the once-vibrant Italian community of early LA with historical photographs and memorabilia, plus an oral history and research archive.