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Parking: Lot, Valet, Private
Bike Parking: Yes
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
Outdoor Seating: No
Price Range : Average
12/17/2008Provided by Citysearch
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.
12/15/2008Provided by Citysearch
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.
09/01/2008Provided by Citysearch
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.
05/16/2008Provided by Citysearch
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.
04/19/2008Provided by Citysearch
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!
11/17/2006Provided by Citysearch
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.
05/20/2002Provided by Citysearch
The El Rey is a great venue with some nice historic ambience (see their web site) and they tend to host the best shows coming to town. Parking is tough (get there early) and drinks are expensive (beer is $5). The restaurant in front might look sketchy but the food is actually quite good and it's a great place to kill time before the show.
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