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Business Description
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.

Regular Hours

Varies nightly

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master card, visa, amex, all major credit cards, discover, invoicing available
Central LA, Mid-City West
Other Information

Parking: Lot, Valet, Private

Bike Parking: Yes

Wheelchair Accessible: Yes

Outdoor Seating: No

Price Range : Average


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Provided by Citysearch - 
One of my favorite venues

I enjoy concerts at El Rey. It's the perfect size venue. Most importantly, the sound system is excellent. And the decor inside is awesome -- rich, classy art deco.


Provided by Citysearch - 
wanna have fun DO NOT GO to el rey

wanna have fun go somewhere slse. There are so many great places in LA you dont need to go to place where there are rules as where you can sit, drink, stand and walk.. Staff is rude.Its a complete waist of time


Provided by Citysearch - 
Fascist Management

I've seen a couple good shows here, but what has gotten to me is the way the place is operated. The place has so many stupid rules that it can really take the fun out of the event you're attending. Tonight as I reached the ID check, I was told I would have to remove the gum from my mouth because there is no gum allowed inside the theater. Excuse me?! Inside the theater, along the edge of the risers on both sides, there are these curved sort of walls reminiscent of private boxes. Their height and the way they're positioned makes them ideal for leaning against while standing on the main level and watching a show. But, you know, you can't! Some guy spent the whole concert shining a flashlight at people because the management has decided you can't stand there. That may be for fire safety reasons, but c'mon, the amount of space they've made unstandable is wide enough for three or four people abreast, whereas the standable space for part of the way is so small that one person can barely teeter there.


Provided by Citysearch - 
Nice Venue!

El Rey is a nice venue in the Mid-Wilshire community. The staff is very helpful and relatively laidback. There is an opportunity to be close to the stage, sit on the sides, or chill in VIP. Either way, you can enjoy a show with an actual chance to view it. In regards to parking, be careful and read the signs very carefully. Some street parking has signs saying that you can't park there after 11pm, so know the hours of the show and how long you are staying so you won't be stuck with a $55 ticket like my friend was. Valet parking is recommended.


Provided by Citysearch - 
havent been yet

but im really excited to check this place out, the best part of LA is going to different venues and knowing which ones you love and which ones such to see a show at. ill be going next week to see murs, so hopefully it will be good!


Provided by Citysearch - 
Pretty good venue!

I saw Aiden here on October 9, 2007 and at first I had doubts that this venue would stink, but it didn't. I got to the venue at around 4pm and the line wasn't that long. Security are pretty good, the venue is good and I managed to take good photos from the show.


Provided by Citysearch - 
Great concert venue

Went to see my first show there last night and had a great time. The neon sign outside didn't really match the old-fashioned decor inside but it has a classier feel than most venues I've been to. There's limited seating along the sides of the floor and more chairs on the cafe-styled balcony, but be prepared to stand. The floor is actually slanted toward the stage so that people in the back can still see. There's no barrier between the floor and stage, so it was nice to have something to lean on - and of course, be super close to the bands. My only complaint would be that the air-conditioning seemed unnecessarily strong.


Provided by Citysearch - 
always great sound

I have been to the El Rey theater a few times. Its one of my favorite venues to see bands. They always have great sound ,great service,and 2bars.They usually save the upstairs seating ONLY for drink buyers ,but there is other limited seating around. The El Rey is classy. It also has a unique and effective lay out. The bathrooms are clean and like most places in LA have a woman selling candy.?!?! The only thing that bums me out is there is no parking usually unless early and random people at parking garages charge what ever they want!


Provided by Citysearch - 
used to be pretty good

I used to go to a lot of shows here but the lineups don't seem to be of the same quality lately. It's a small and intimate place, though. Alas, it's all the way down at the Miracle Mile so it's not that convenient of a location.


Provided by Citysearch - 
Cool venue

We went to see Hush Sound and Murder by Death last night here. We paid $5 for parking a block away and we didn't have to contend with long lines outside. Once inside, the place gives off a vibe like a cross between a 1930s opera house and a modern dance club. There's a pit in the front and sectioned-off sitting/standing areas along the sides. At the bar, the drinks were decent and cost what they usually do at these things. The stage lighting was at times distracting, pointing beams into our faces, much longer than I'm accustomed to. The sound is a sticky point. Either the accoustics of the pit are horrible or the sound mixer was biased towards the bass end of the spectrum. Either way, a base drum would drown out vocals, if that seems at all possible--just very heavily geared toward the lower spectrum. But the venue itself seems cool and I'd be curious to come back for other bands to see what the deal was with the sound.

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