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The Observatory OC

Music Venue, Rock Club, and Concert Hall
Santa Ana
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  • Glen F.
    "... venue - free parking, tiered viewing areas so more people have good..."(4 Tips)
    John T.
    "$10 parking in the rear and around the corner though."(2 Tips)
    Alex M.
    "Great drinks and a great view of the stage."(6 Tips)
    Alyssa F.
    "Love this venue, get here early free parking if the kit isn't full!"(2 Tips)
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  • Michelle C.
    Michelle ChanFebruary 24, 2014
    Intimate venue with tiered levels for concertgoers of all heights! Tickets are super reasonable, especially if you buy straight from the box office. Check out some great underground bands here!
  • Michelle C.
    Michelle ChanFebruary 24, 2014
    Intimate venue w/ tiered levels for concertgoers of ALL heights! Plus ticket prices are super reasonable, especially if you buy straight from the box office. Listen to some GREAT live music here!! 🎤
  • Savannah R.
    Savannah RoseAugust 15, 2010
    Galaxy is an all ages venue with a full bar and restaraunt. Buy tix at box office in cash for no extra fees (boycott ticketmaster!) make reservations if you want a table. Galaxytheatre.com for sched.
  • Pamela
    PamelaOctober 22, 2013
    They no longer serve food in the venue! They had the best BLT too! :( They now serve expensive ass burgers in the smoking patio. Be sure to eat dinner somewhere else before seeing a show here.
  • Joseph L.
    Joseph LembleAugust 29, 2013
    Pay for your drink after it's poured. Just saw the bartender poor half foam and half beer and give the middle finger to the customer. Also, be ready to be blinded by the house lighting guy.
  • El martin P.
    El martin PSeptember 21, 2013
    Tribal seeds fucking sucks their band members took over everybody else's set. They keyboard and guitarist came out as guest singers on the other opening bands but muffled the whole set. Narcissistic!!
  • Dan P.
    Dan ParksSeptember 21, 2014
    Love this place for small concerts- no food - expensive drinks - I get there early to get a seat upstairs... This is my usual view.
  • Jenn M.
    Jenn MorrisApril 23, 2013
    Seriously. Music hasn't even started and already hate it here. Our "reserved" table is shared with some random people. Worst menu and they're already out of stuff. Also Slowest will call ever.
  • John T.
    John TorresDecember 5, 2013
    KRS-One a-ttacked! Best $5 concert ever! $10 parking in the rear and around the corner though. Cash only!
  • Cam! B.
    Cam! BApril 23, 2013
    If you're looking for a nice experience Don't come here! Even with reservations, you have to share your table and they are out of half of the items on the menu. This place sucks!
  • Billy A.
    Billy AmparanoDecember 11, 2014
    Small little spot to see a underrated show. Always a good spot to see your favorite artists up close!
  • Brian B.
    Brian BazerApril 30, 2015
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  • Juan Carlos C.
    Juan Carlos CastanedaDecember 31, 2011
    Beware with parking especially if u park across the street, I work next to this place and they tow cars like crazy every time there is an event!
  • Aling Z.
    Aling ZhangJanuary 23, 2012
    Go behind the curtains and upstairs. A much better view of the stage and you won't have to battle the crowds. There's a bar up there too
  • Glen F.
    Glen FujimotoAugust 10, 2012
    The Kills just finished playing tonight - awesome! Really enjoyed the venue - free parking, tiered viewing areas so more people have good views - will definitely visit again
  • Steven G.
    Steven GoinsSeptember 5, 2013
    Good venue but parking situation is absolutely horrible for bigger show. Get here early or you'll pay for it figuratively and literally.
  • Jose T.
    Jose TorresDecember 23, 2014
    Awesome place. Came to see immortal technique twice plus Chino XL, Aesop Rock, Raekwon, Sick Jacken, etc.
  • Kevin S.
    Kevin SilvaMarch 21, 2012
    Unless you feel like being harassed for money and have the simple act of taking a piss turn awkward, don't use the restroom. Annoying attendant.
  • Teresa G.
    Teresa G.October 25, 2012
    Always a good experience when we come here! The venue is definitely one of the best in orange county.
  • Thierry L.
    Thierry LangfordJanuary 19, 2013
    Awesome venue, reminds me of the House of Blues, Houston. :) Great crowd, Trampled by Turtles always puts on a good show!
  • Rudy R.
    Rudy RomanosAugust 18, 2014
    Staff and security not very informative about late starts suggestion while waiting put people in patio and sell drinks make money before events
  • Amy S.
    Amy ShriderFebruary 15, 2013
    This is an amazing venue! Great price, better bands, and every seat is a wonderful one!
  • Kira B.
    Kira B.December 4, 2011
    Line up change with no notice and no refunds if you bought tickets online. Be careful. Also really meh crowd.
  • Allison K.
    Allison KasicMarch 29, 2015
    The tiers are great for concerts. Even short people like me can see the stage clearly!
  • Diana G.
    Diana GDecember 22, 2013
    Get there early to get the best seats and close to the stage.
  • parker j.
    parker jaydenDecember 18, 2013
    New Year's Eve 2014 Party at The Observatory - Santa Ana, CA early @ Tuesday December 31, 2013.Grab Your Tickets @ http://tinyurl.com/ldjpwsa
  • Alex M.
    Alex MollazadehMay 29, 2014
    Bottle Service is the way to go. Great drinks and a great view of the stage. Thanks Tori and Ryan!
  • Israel Z.
    Israel ZamoraSeptember 7, 2013
    Get there early, tables on the balcony, first come first serve
  • Josh C.
    Josh C.April 18, 2012
    It gets hot as balls in here if there's a big crowd, so be sure to wear light clothing.
  • matt m.
    matt meddockJanuary 22, 2011
    Since you're already at a show and partying you need to get yourself a spirithood. www.onetribeoc.com. Raaawr!
  • Stephanie
    StephanieAugust 18, 2014
    Loving the newly added patio & restrooms located on the left of the stage
  • Dan S.
    Dan SantanaJuly 20, 2010
    Sign up for the Galaxy Theatre's newsletter. They give away free tickets just about every week.
  • Trent S.
    Trent ShamaleyNovember 26, 2011
    Super dirty venue... Fxx'n killer! Great vibe. Great people... Come for a SMOG event!!! Http://www.soundcloud.com/downlowd
  • Raeanne D.
    Raeanne DonatoJanuary 26, 2014
    One of my favorite venues and usually never disappointed but sound was off tonight.
  • Shmee
    ShmeeMarch 3, 2012
    Tip the servers! They work for tips and are awesome.
  • Alyssa F.
    Alyssa FuentesDecember 18, 2014
    Love this venue, get here early free parking if the kit isn't full!
  • Niku A.
    Niku AzamMarch 3, 2015
    Spacious venue, great sound
  • Danielle M.
    Danielle MireSeptember 21, 2015
    The second floor table service is a must!
  • Peter A.
    Peter AnargirouOctober 27, 2014
    Great venue with lots of room
  • Buddy M.
    Buddy MachenAugust 14, 2010
    Worst venue ever. Full of preteens and scenesters that don't even know the artist.
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  • Brad E.
    Brad E.March 25, 2013
    Food, and dining available upstairs.
  • Psychobilly Cadillac
    Psychobilly CadillacMarch 11, 2012
    Watch out for the douchebags with the SLR cameras.....they think they own the place.
  • Nechama D.
    Nechama DinaAugust 22, 2013
    Awesome small and intimate venue
  • Angela T.
    Angela T.January 18, 2014
    much better view of the stage at the bar!
  • Tina S.
    Tina SarmientoJuly 26, 2014
    Old guy bartender is a jerk! First experience here and not a fan!
  • Marco L.
    Marco LopezFebruary 28, 2015
    Saw Ilan bluestone here for cheap!! I love this place!!
  • Connie C.
    Connie ChiuMay 10, 2015
    Such a cool music venue.
  • Frances Z.
    Frances ZapantaJune 23, 2015
    Prepare to be felt up on your way in.
  • Daniel p.
    Daniel parkAugust 20, 2010
    Check for acropolis Records showcases on the calendar!
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