5515 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA | Directions 9003634.062397 -118.348799
Neighborhoods: Miracle Mile, Central LA
Cool venue – We went to see Hush Sound and Murder by Death last night here. We paid $5 for parking a block away and we didn't have to contend with long lines outside. Once inside, the place gives off a vibe like a cross between a 1930s opera house and a modern dance club. There's a pit in the front and sectioned-off sitting/standing areas along the sides. At the bar, the drinks were decent and cost what they usually do at these things. The stage lighting was at times distracting, pointing beams into our faces, much longer than I'm accustomed to. The sound is a sticky point. Either the accoustics of the pit are horrible or the sound mixer was biased towards the bass end of the spectrum. Either way, a base drum would drown out vocals, if that seems at all possible--just very heavily geared toward the lower spectrum. But the venue itself seems cool and I'd be curious to come back for other bands to see what the deal was with the sound.
A top-notch venue with a lush, vintage decor dating back to the burlesque era. – In Short
The El Rey gives a glimpse of the art deco greatness that once blanketed the city's Miracle Mile district. Thankfully, the theater's never been gutted and still features a balcony with comfy couches and a rich red decor that harkens back to the pre-World War II era of flappers and talkies. You can catch just about anything here, from big-time rock bands and hip-hop outfits to the annual Velvet Hammer Burlesque show and other special events.
Old style, new sounds – I really like the El Rey. I'll tell you why. Parking is cheap and easy, unlike a lot of other venues. And lastly, but not leastly, the decor is beautiful.
Cool theatre – Saw sonic youth here. It was a great show and I really like the theatre itself. The sound was good. Nice chandeliers. Great place to see a show.
Highest El Rey-ting! – The El Rey is a great venue with some nice historic ambience (see their web site) and they tend to host the best shows coming to town. Parking is tough (get there early) and drinks are expensive (beer is $5). The restaurant in front might look sketchy but the food is actually quite good and it's a great place to kill time before the show.
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