Exterior of venue (c. 2010)
|Address||1038 South Hill Street|
Los Angeles, CA 90015-1614
|Location||Downtown Los Angeles|
|Opened||August 15, 1927|
|Architect||Stiles O. Clements|
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
In 1990, the Mayan Theater, with most of its lavish ornament intact, became a nightclub. It is designated as a Historic Cultural Monument.
- List of Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monuments in Downtown Los Angeles
- Mayan Revival architecture-related topics
- "Mayan". Cinema Treasures. Cinema Treasures, LLC. Retrieved 4 January 2013.
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