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El Rey Theatre

El Rey Theatre

Concert Hall and Rock Club
Mid-City West, Los Angeles
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  • Shil P.
    "Great concert venue, intimate with just enough space"(5 Tips)
    Becky M.
    "Landon Pigg and Little Boots at this venue"(2 Tips)
    Milque K.
    "best live music venues in LA!"(2 Tips)
    Zigabid Z.
    "Get there early enough and street parking is easy to find."(2 Tips)
84 Tips and reviews
  • concerts
  • intimate
  • little boots
  • dancing
  • scenic views
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  • The Wild Honey Pie
    El Rey Theatre actually served as a single-screen movie theatre for 50 years following it's opening in 1936.
  • Jon M.
    Jon MenagerAugust 23
    Charming theater with some fairly strong drinks. Price was fair! I like how the sides of the room are slightly raised for us shorter people. 😂 Saw Mike Stud perform here and loved it!
  • Caitlin C.
    John Legend scene filmed here for La La Land
  • Winnie K.
    Winnie KhooMarch 11
    Great venue for intimate concert with your fave band; can grab Mexican food from El Cartel and drinks from bar
  • Nikki
    NikkiDecember 12, 2016
    like putting lipstick on a pig. it still looks like a tacky banquet hall! that step around the dance floor is an absolute hazard. not bad for sit-down comedy, though.
  • John K.
    John KiddeOctober 20, 2016
    Nice small venue, bar behind the entrance is usually less crowded. Parking structure nearby is probably your best bet, if you're driving.
  • Charles T S.
    Charles T SebestaMay 18, 2016
    The El-Rey Is Iconic. A Great Place To Listen To Local & Indie Music. Right In The Middle Of Los Angeles. Safe Area....Great Place To Relax!
  • Victoria
    VictoriaJanuary 31, 2016
    Great place to see bands.
  • Thomas C.
    Thomas ColtonJanuary 11, 2016
    One of the best small concert venues in Los Angeles. Come to see some great acts before they make it big
  • Lauren :.
    Lauren :DOctober 22, 2015
    This is one of my favorite venues in LA. Not too small, but not big at all. Chairs available if you get there early. Stand near the sound booth.
  • RJ S.
    RJ SchmidtJuly 2, 2015
    Great place to see a concert - head upstairs if you need a breather.
  • Shil P.
    Shil PaApril 22, 2015
    Great concert venue, intimate with just enough space
  • Nicole C.
    Nicole CunniffMarch 24, 2015
    Great venue.
  • Connie C.
    Connie ChiuMarch 1, 2015
    Dance dance.
  • Natalie G.
    Natalie GuerraJanuary 2, 2015
    Intimate concert venue. Love the 1920s vibe. Small but set up well.
  • Jose T.
    Jose TorresDecember 23, 2014
    Great venue and vibe. Came to see Army Of The Pharoahs.
  • Jennifer
    JenniferNovember 9, 2014
    Great lighting, fantastic chandeliers, and good sightlines makes this my favorite LA venue.
  • Amanda J.
    Amanda JabesOctober 12, 2014
    The sound here is outrageous. The chandeliers add a touch of elegance as well to this perfectly sized venue
  • Lili K.
    Lili KoponenOctober 10, 2014
    Smallish venue. If you don't want to get super close to the stage, post up behind the barrier around the room for a pretty unobstructed view of the stage.
  • Brandon G.
    Brandon GreggAugust 2, 2014
    You can buy Loosies in the Bathroom. Try buying your ticket at the Venue so as to avoid very high service fees.
  • LAist
    LAistAugust 1, 2014
    It has had its fair share of top-tier and soon-to-be-huge artists at its stage, from Bob Dylan and the Pixies to Lana Del Rey. The ornate decorations and VIP lounge add a touch of class to its shows. Read more
  • Tony W.
    Tony WebsterMarch 12, 2014
    Saw the final Jack's Mannequin concert here! Go here for a concert, and then walk 10 minutes west toward the Urban Light art sculpture for some annoying hipster selfies.
  • Manider S.
    Manider SinganiaFebruary 14, 2014
    great place check it out
  • parker j.
    parker jaydenDecember 18, 2013
    New Year's Eve 2014 Party at El Rey Theatre - Los Angeles, CA early @ Tuesday December 31, 2013.Grab Your Tickets @
  • Bo L.
    Bo LiebmanOctober 2, 2013
    Very classy venue. Try to get to shows there early to find a comfortable spot to watch.
  • DJ Times
    DJ TimesJuly 26, 2013
    During our June 2013 feature interview with EDM act Disclosure, member Howard Lawrence, noted that their Halloween show at El Rey Theatre was one of their favorite shows of 2012!
  • Phil D.
    Phil DeeeeeeeJuly 26, 2013
    Missing the free No Age show.
  • Lina B.
    Lina BJune 5, 2013
    Really great venue. Saw !!! (Chk chk chk) which were an awesome and energetic band
  • Stina M.
    Stina MarieMay 11, 2013
    Get your drinks upstairs, they are always a better pour up there :)
  • Nara P.
    Nara PerezApril 7, 2013
    Worst fucking venue! Everyone who works there is clueless, disrespectful, and unorganized. I was appalled at the way I was treated. I did not get the VIP experience I paid for. Never going back!
  • Rain F.
    Rain FairyMarch 31, 2013
    It smells like bootie outside.
  • PopWrapped!
    PopWrapped!March 11, 2013
    Phenomenal venue. Joe Moses is a genius.
  • LA Weekly
    LA WeeklyJanuary 3, 2013
    An upstairs VIP balcony looks down over the grand ballroom. The all-ages venue usually features standing-room admission. The ballroom has a full bar, and another full bar in the fancy art deco lobby. Read more
  • Sandro S.
    Sandro SolerOctober 5, 2012
    free parking on 6th St.
  • F.J. L.
    F.J. LennonAugust 20, 2012
    Kane Pryce's band, Astral Fountain, plays the El Rey in the novel Devil's Gate by F.J. Lennon.
  • April A.
    April ArrglingtonAugust 14, 2012
    Find signs of the time by playing the game.
  • Chelsea
    ChelseaJune 21, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    A classic LA venue. Leave your gum behind, be nice to the security guards, and don't forget to look up at the ceiling in between bands. Almost every view's a good one here.
  • Where Los Angeles Magazine
    The art deco theatre is a stunner, from its nostalgic neon signage to the grand ballroom. It has a knack for booking artists on the cusp of stardom, giving fans an intimate show-going experience. Read more
  • Es K.
    Es KFebruary 29, 2012
    Been here 100+ times
    I'm finally #mayor!! Who wants to go to El Rey Theater?! See u at the front line! >:D #suckas
  • Holly W.
    Holly W.February 28, 2012
    Bar and music, small venue. Cheap night on the town.
  • Kelly N.
    Kelly NessFebruary 18, 2012
    Tonight they have butterscotch cream soda!
  • Milque K.
    Milque KFebruary 2, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    One of the best live music venues in LA! Stand on the steps to the right of the stage. Best view!
  • @irabrianmiller
    @irabrianmillerJanuary 13, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    There's another bar upstairs just in case the main ones are too packed.
  • Jeff D.
    Jeff DavisNovember 20, 2011
  • Scott V.
    Scott VosburyNovember 5, 2011
    Free parking on side streets, but beware expensive drinks - $5 for a can of PBR and $9 for a pint of Guinness
  • Nathan R.
    Nathan RayOctober 4, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    Avoid paying those dreaded Ticketmaster fees! If it's not an instant sell-out show, buy your tickets at Origami Vinyl ($2 per ticket fee, cash only) or direct from the El Rey website ($5/ticket.)
  • Lucas V.
    Lucas VenturaSeptember 15, 2011
    If you saw Races open for The Joy Formidable and liked us, you can find us at
  • Brad B.
    Brad BarrishAugust 21, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    One of the best live venues in LA. If you can get a spot in front or behind the soundboard, it'll sound even better.
  • Zigabid Z.
    Zigabid Zig A BidAugust 17, 2011
    First, this venue is beautiful. Get there early enough and street parking is easy to find. There's also a pay lot that isn't very expensive. It isn't difficult to find a great view here
  • jane h.
    jane huAugust 16, 2011
    There's only one entrance/exit to this venue...
  • TheDoLaB
    TheDoLaBAugust 12, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    We put on events here from time to time... Basically really fun dance parties. It's a great venue. We'll see you at our next one hopefully.
  • Krystle T.
    Krystle TAugust 10, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    Don't park in a side street that goes North/South--they all require a special parking pass. Tickets are over $50.
  • SPIN
    SPINJuly 22, 2011
    El Rey is one of LA’s best mid-size venues. Jollett of the Airborne Toxic Event says he’s never seen a bad show here. More importantly, “it’s one of the few places in LA that actually has class.”
  • Shok
    ShokJune 14, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    They are not too aware of how 4sq works and did not honor my mayoral checkin for a simple bottle of water. Thankfully, there was a bartender who gave me one, but no one even knew what 4q was! Read more
  • Mike V.
    Mike VillalpandoApril 6, 2011
    Best seat in the house is right behind the sound board
  • Trystan R.
    Trystan ReeseMarch 10, 2011
    Don't bother showing up early... Artists go on late and there's not a bad location in the house.
  • Nick W.
    Nick WrobelMarch 3, 2011
    Drink before you come, $10 beers.
  • casey d.
    casey dukeFebruary 6, 2011
    saw the libertines here years venue.i love that I can walk here in five minutes.
  • Goldenvoice
    GoldenvoiceDecember 17, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    There are plenty of parking options around the venue, including street parking if you’re lucky. Or, valet your car right in front for just $10.
  • Bravo
    BravoDecember 2, 2010
    Mid-sized concert venue that has the best of the new music coming through. Get tickets when you can. Don’t worry who is playing, it will be great. -Mark Peel, Top Chef
  • Chantelle M.
    Chantelle MoghadamNovember 26, 2010
    Absolutely LOVE this venue. Great photographer policy.
  • Justin N.
    Justin NixonNovember 14, 2010
    Great venue to watch bands
  • DAN C.
    DAN COXNovember 10, 2010
    Never miss an LA Weekly concert! Great venue!
  • David C.
    David ChristianNovember 4, 2010
    the sound isn't very loud here for the space. only see a band here if you really WANT to
  • Rabiah
    RabiahOctober 7, 2010
    I love this venue. perfect view from top of the stairs no matter who is taller than you. stake out a spot.
  • AEG Live
    AEG LiveSeptember 20, 2010
    MODESELEKTOR W/ DESTRUCTO - September 23 @ El Rey Theatre 8 pm. Buy tickets now at link below! Read more
  • Darren K.
    Darren KimSeptember 18, 2010
    No matter what. Stay behind the black lines!!!! :)
  • Shine G.
    Shine GSeptember 10, 2010
    All ages is not the bidnessss
  • Ezzy M.
    Ezzy MartinSeptember 7, 2010
    completely awesome. saw los campersinos here. perfect dance floor space, vintage chandelier/red velvet decor, great acoustics.
  • Christian S.
    Christian SantiagoSeptember 7, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    i've been here quite a few times to see La Roux, Little Boots, and Caribou play and it has never disappointed. Very great venue!
  • Andi G.
    Andi GalpernJuly 27, 2010
    I love the vibe of this theatre! This has to be my favorite music venue in LA — the sound is always clear and I never have a problem getting close to the stage to checkout the band that is performing.
  • Ade A.
    Ade AdeJuly 25, 2010
    My favorite music venue in Los Angeles. Great sound, clean and intimate. Leave your gum at home (or in your car).
  • Church of the 8th Day
    Visit or for upcoming metal, punk and hardcore shows at the El Rey Theatre!
  • Tish L.
    Tish LacyApril 30, 2010
    One of the best theatre if you're disabled. They treat you with respect, and go out their way to make them comfortable. Great intimate theatre.
  • Alma L.
    Alma LacyApril 30, 2010
    These guys hve never been beat in their attention to accessible needs. I've never had a negative experience and never a bad word! Keep up the awesome job and thanks for making our night special!
  • Ronda L.
    Ronda LacyApril 30, 2010
    Tiny drinks in the upstairs bar, but great service all around.
  • Andy R.
    Andy ReganApril 24, 2010
    High on fire was bitchin' last night
  • Becky M.
    Becky MezaApril 1, 2010
    Saw Landon Pigg and Little Boots at this venue and I have to say, LOVE! Very old Hollywood inside, chic, small with a very VIP feel ;) I DEF recommend! Read more
  • Jen T
    Jen TMarch 20, 2010
    Saw the Bird and the Bee here, John Oats made a special appearance too
  • Claudia Y.
    Claudia YuskoffDecember 20, 2009
    Amazing venue! Saw Emily Haines here and it was out of this world!
  • Lauren :.
    Lauren :DDecember 11, 2009
    decent venue. park on side streets, most are free, just obey those signs to avoid a ticket!
  • Kashmir W.
    Kashmir WhiteAugust 11, 2009
    actually there's nothing happening here tonight. I forgot it was Monday :(
  • Lau U.
    Lau UApril 25
    Lugar pequeño y acogedor; donde te pongas veras muy bien y siempre cerca.
  • Mustafa Ş.
    Mustafa ŞahinOctober 6, 2012
    Eğlencenin adresi diye düşünüyorum
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