7001 Franklin Avenue
- Cost: Admission fee
- Reservations: See below for information about special requirements
- Location: Hollywood, just a few blocks from Hollywood Boulevard, directions below
- How Long: You will be there the entire evening
The Magic Castle, Los Angeles home of the Academy of Magical Arts is housed in a beautiful, ornate Victorian-style house at the base of the Hollywood Hills. Besides training new generations of magicians, the Magic Castle has also been the social club for Los Angeles-area magicians since 1963. Local magicians, professionals and serious amateurs gather at the Magic Castle to socialize and show off their latest tricks.
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Dinner is served at the Magic Castle in three seatings every evening, and they also serve Sunday brunch, but the real attractions at the Magic Castle are the magic shows. They offer five different shows in three showrooms, and magicians we've seen here in Los Angeles in the past have frequently turned up on television.
You must be over 21 years old to go to Magic Castle, except for Sunday brunch. Every member of your party must bring photo ID. The Magic Castle has a very strict dress code. Men must wear a coat and tie. Ladies should dress in a cocktail dress, skirt or pant suit with matching jacket. A nice shirt and dress slacks won't do. Neither will jeans, zippered jackets, sweaters, hooded sweaters or athletic shoes.
If you enjoy watching magicians, it will be worth your effort to pack dress clothes for a night at Magic Castle during your Hollywood visit. We've been twice (thanks to magician friends) and have enjoyed both visits very much.
Getting into the Magic Castle
Magic Castle is a membership-only club for professional magicians. Mere mortals can get in by getting a pass from a Magic Castle member like we did, but if you don't know one, don't despair. It's a little-known secret that guests at nearby Los Angeles hotels The Magic Hotel and Hollywood Hills Hotel also get admission to the Magic Castle.
Getting to the Magic Castle
7001 Franklin Avenue
Magic Castle website
The Magic Castle is a short distance from Hollywood Boulevard. From US Hwy 101 west of downtown LA, exit at Highland Avenue, go south to Franklin and turn right.
You can take the MTA Red Line to Hollywood and Highland and walk.
The only on-site parking at Magic Castle is by valet.