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El Rey Theatre

5515 Wilshire Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90036
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  • Daily 8pm-2am
  • Valet Parking
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, Tame Impala, Esperanza Spalding, Wanda Jackson & Jack White, Meghan Trainor, Buzzcocks, Sinead O'Connor, Galactic, Radio Birdman, Erykah Badu, the Dresden Dolls, Lana Del Rey, Wire, Savages, Emmylou Harris, Mission of Burma, Daniel Lanois, Beach House, John Fogerty, Cheap Trick and the Avengers. An upstairs VIP balcony looks down over the 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 bar is based in the venue's 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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