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The Observatory

Map & Directions 3503 S. Harbor Blvd.
Santa Ana, CA 92704


LA Weekly's Description

If you visited the Galaxy Theater in Santa Ana a couple years ago, you would've been met by cover
bands, one-hit wonders or closed doors. It had its moments, of course, but those moments were rare
thanks to a lengthy closure and lackluster booking. Enter Jon Reiser, former partner and booker for
Detroit Bar in Costa Mesa. Reiser purchased the venue and made several significant changes: booked
popular acts, upgraded the sound system, added a smaller venue-in-a-venue called the Constellation
Room. The Observatory now hosts popular acts such as Method Man , GWAR, Tiesto, Waka Flocka
Flame and many, many more. That also includes residencies from local acts. Selling out shows is now

a habit for this place. Most of all, it provides a valuable service to the whole county by bringing in acts
we could usually only see by driving to Los Angeles. Oh, and it even¬ógasp!¬ómakes Angelenos cross the
Orange Curtain for a show.

Member Reviews

  • boogief1 wrote a review for The Observatory
    on 11/11/10

    I've played there and been in the audience. Best band showcase in the OC area. Elegant old school decor that puts on punk rock shows one day and Tom Jones the next. Great place!

  • jajarev wrote a review for The Observatory
    on 06/15/10

    I LOVE this place. I've been coming here for gigs for as long as i can remember. :D

  • wcasar wrote a review for The Observatory
    on 05/27/10

    Larger than I expected. I went there last month for a show. It was a decent venue in the Industrial Area of Costa Mesa.

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Tips from foursquare

  • Greg D. on 01/22/11

    Home of the worlds slowest will call window

  • Teresa G. on 10/25/12

    Always a good experience when we come here! The venue is definitely one of the best in orange county.

  • Aling Z. on 01/23/12

    Go behind the curtains and upstairs. A much better view of the stage and you won't have to battle the crowds. There's a bar up there too

  • Josh C. on 04/17/12

    It gets hot as balls in here if there's a big crowd, so be sure to wear light clothing.

  • Shmee on 03/03/12

    Tip the servers! They work for tips and are awesome.

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  • 8:00 p.m. April 17

  • 8:00 p.m. April 17

    The bands set up in the Constellation Room

  • 8:00 p.m. April 18

    With 8 Kalacas, La Banda Skalavera, La Pobreska, South Central Skankers, Cafe Con Tequila

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