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El Rey Theatre

Map & Directions 5515 Wilshire Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90036
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323-936-6400
  • Daily 8pm-2am
  • Valet Parking

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LA Weekly's Description

Located on the Miracle Mile in the Mid-Wilshire district, the El Rey is indeed something of an architectural miracle. Designed by the noted architect Clifford A. Balch in 1936, the art deco venue boasts a Streamline Moderne design, with sleek contours and a classically elegant exterior and interior. For more than 60 years, it was used mainly as a movie theater, but in 1994 it was reconfigured as a live-music concert hall. Since then, the room, which holds about 700 people, has hosted such diverse musicians as Iggy Pop, Neko Case, Radio Birdman, Wanda Jackson & Jack White, Buzzcocks, the Dresden Dolls, Wire, Emmylou Harris, Mission of Burma and the Avengers. An upstairs VIP balcony looks down over the grand ballroom, which is sided by plush red walls and illuminated by several gigantic glass chandeliers. The all-ages venue usually features standing-room admission, with a few booths located along the sides. The ballroom has a full bar, and another full bar is based in the venue's fancy art deco lobby, which includes a dramatic staircase that leads to the balcony. Street parking, plus paid parking in a lot across the street.

 
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  • Bravo on 12/02/10

    Mid-sized concert venue that has the best of the new music coming through. Get tickets when you can. Don’t worry who is playing, it will be great. -Mark Peel, Top Chef

  • Goldenvoice on 12/17/10

    There are plenty of parking options around the venue, including street parking if you’re lucky. Or, valet your car right in front for just $10.

  • Red Bull on 09/16/10

    Don't take it from us. @CHELSEAinLA says: "This place is awesome, around the corner from my apartment, and they have @redbull."

  • SPIN on 07/22/11

    El Rey is one of LA’s best mid-size venues. Jollett of the Airborne Toxic Event says he’s never seen a bad show here. More importantly, “it’s one of the few places in LA that actually has class.”

  • LA Weekly on 01/03/13

    An upstairs VIP balcony looks down over the grand ballroom. The all-ages venue usually features standing-room admission. The ballroom has a full bar, and another full bar in the fancy art deco lobby.

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