El Rey Theatre
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|El Rey Theatre|
The marquee of El Rey Theatre, 2008.
|Location||5515 Wilshire Blvd.,
Los Angeles, CA 90036
|Genre(s)||Rock and roll|
|Designated:||February 26, 1991|
This art deco building was designed by Clifford A. Balch (who designed over twenty classic art deco movie theatres around Southern California). Much of the theatre, including the lobby, still retains its art deco roots, admired for its Zigzag and Streamline Moderne design.
El Rey was built in 1936 as a single-screen movie theatre and functioned as a cinema for nearly 50 years.
From the 1980s to the early 1990s El Rey Theatre was a dance-music club called Wall Street, but since 1994 this theatre has been a live music venue which is now exclusively booked through Goldenvoice. The capacity is 771 and it also has a VIP balcony in the back.
The theatre was designated as Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monument No. 520 on February 26, 1991.
In 1995 it was featured as the main setting of the Cowboy Junkies music video featuring Janeane Garofalo for their song Angle Mine off the Lay It Down album. In January 2008, comedy rock band The Aquabats shot part of the pilot for their television series The Aquabats! Super Show! in the theater as part of an exclusive partial concert for members of the band's fan club.
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