Mayan Theater

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Mayan Theater
Mayan Theater Los Angeles California.jpg
Exterior of venue (c. 2010)
Address1038 South Hill Street
Los Angeles, CA 90015-1614
LocationDowntown Los Angeles
Coordinates34°02′28″N 118°15′32″W / 34.041028°N 118.259005°W / 34.041028; -118.259005Coordinates: 34°02′28″N 118°15′32″W / 34.041028°N 118.259005°W / 34.041028; -118.259005
OpenedAugust 15, 1927 (1927-08-15)
ArchitectStiles O. Clements
Venue Website
Reference no.460

The Mayan Theater in Los Angeles, California, is a landmark former movie palace.


Designed by Stiles O. Clements of Morgan, Walls & Clements and opened in August 1927, the façade of the Mayan Theater includes stylized pre-Columbian patterns and figures designed by sculptor Francisco Cornejo. This is his major work.

Originally a legitimate theater, the Mayan Theater is a prototypical example of the many excessively ornate exotic revival-style theaters of the late 1920s, Mayan Revival in this case. The well-preserved lobby is called "The Hall of Feathered Serpents," the auditorium includes a chandelier based on the Aztec calendar stone, and the original fire curtain included images of Mayan jungles and temples.

In the 1980s the theatre featured pornographic films. Source: Los Angeles Times movie ads

The theater has been a location in many films including The Bodyguard, Save the Tiger, Unlawful Entry, Rock 'n' Roll High School, and A Night at the Roxbury.

In 1990, the Mayan Theater, with most of its lavish ornament intact, became a nightclub. It is designated as a Historic Cultural Monument.[1]

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  1. ^ "Mayan". Cinema Treasures. Cinema Treasures, LLC. Retrieved 4 January 2013.

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