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El Rey Theater

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Address: 5515 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036-3801
Phone Number: +1 323-936-6400
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The El Rey Theater is an original art deco theater in the heart of the...

The El Rey Theater is an original art deco theater in the heart of the Miracle Mile, one of Los Angeles' preserved art deco districts. The El Rey was built in 1936 and designed by Clifford Balch. After over 50 years as a first run movie house, the El Rey was converted into a live music venue in 1994. A registered Historic-Cultural Monument, the El Rey has sweeping staircases, an art deco lobby, VIP balcony lounge and a grand ballroom equipped with a full stage. We're also available for private event bookings.

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Intimate concert experience!

Recently attended small concert (Fink and Douglas Dare), but not our first event at this venue. Always happy to see talented artists featured here! Much better than the larger... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 14 October 2014
aslHelen
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Lakewood, California
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Eagle, Idaho
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 June 2016 via mobile

Tonight we went to see Haley Reinhart in concert at the El Rey Theater. While booking, there was no indication that this was going to be a standup concert. In fact the photos on their website showed chairs set up in the entire theatre. I couldn't believe we had to stand for the concert. Not my idea of a good... More 

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Riverside, California
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76 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 April 2016 via mobile

Small theatre at 700 capacity. The musicians played superb sets and had the concert-goers on their feet bouncing for hours. Standing room only, the balcony has tables that you have to reserve for extra. Three stalls in women restroom, decent for an old building. Thumbs up for sound system, bass is strong. They didn't check handbags for gum for DSLR... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 September 2015

Can to see Regina Spektor, it's not easy to see what's going on up on stage. They have a restaurant that sells mexican/indian fusion food.

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Walnut, California
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 August 2015

We went to see Veruca Salt here and if I knew what was in for us, I might have reconsidered. First of all, the parking situation is completely stupid! No one in the area would honor El Rey parking, even though it said on the El Rey website that the big bldg. on the corner and other parking structures would.... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 June 2015

Loved this little Theatre, great vibe and great sound. Bar was good and the experience was amazing. Note: They made me give them the gum out of my purse, it's not allowed in the Theatre :(

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Redlands, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 March 2015

I loved this place. There is a small place just outside to get food and inside they had a bar with about 5-6 beers on tap with other drink items. For our event, the raised areas on either side of the floor had tables and were reserved for higher paying customers. Great place to see a show.

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Thank jetset1974
Colorado Springs, Colorado
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 February 2015

I flew out from Colorado to attend a Miyavi concert and it was well worth the money. It's a small but cozy venue with great sound and lots of great drink options. I would definitely come back here.

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 February 2015

I always love seeing shows at the El Rey, many great bands play here and the sound is always really good. It's also a great place to see famous musicians in the audience or off to the side of the stage. I like many of the venues in LA but the El Rey is one of my most favorite. If... More 

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Ventura, CA
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 December 2014

This is a really GREAT intimate venue, BUT be aware. Sometimes the times listed for the headliners are not accurate. When I bought my tickets it said 8:00. Then, when printed they said 9:00. The website said the doors open at 7:00. The headliner didn't come on stage until 10:15. There are about 500 seats. After that you are standing.... More 

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Lakewood, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 October 2014

Recently attended small concert (Fink and Douglas Dare), but not our first event at this venue. Always happy to see talented artists featured here! Much better than the larger stadium style venues for the full experience of music up close and personal! Generally there is no seating however you may be able to reserve one of the view VIP tables... More 

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