Mayan Theater

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Mayan Theater
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Mayan Theater in Los Angeles
Mayan Theater is located in the Los Angeles metropolitan area
Mayan Theater
Mayan Theater
Location within Los Angeles
Address 1038 South Hill Street
Los Angeles, California
United States
Coordinates 34°02′28″N 118°15′32″W / 34.041028°N 118.259005°W / 34.041028; -118.259005
Opened August 15, 1927 (1927-08-15)
Architect Stiles O. Clements
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.

The theater has been a location in many films including Save the Tiger, 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. 

Coordinates: 34°02′26″N 118°15′33″W / 34.040530°N 118.259127°W / 34.040530; -118.259127