Regent Theatre

448 S. Main Street,
Los Angeles, CA 90013

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Regent Theatre on Main Street LA

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The Regent Theatre in downtown Los Angeles was listed in 1926 with a seating capacity for 700. It is one of the last theaters located on South Main Street (the other one is the Linda Lea Theatre).

In its day, S. Main Street had about 20 theaters that were small to medium sized, not like the big theatres along S. Broadway, two blocks away. The theaters ranged from the 248-seat Novelty Theatre to the 2,100-seat Hippodrome Theatre.

The last of the large theaters to leave was the 1,500-seat California Theatre. The Regent Theatre closed late in 2000 after running its last years as an adult movie house.

In September 2008, it was reopened as a live performance venue.

Contributed by William Gabel

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DonSolosan
DonSolosan on August 28, 2009 at 2:57 pm

The White Stripes did the same thing for their last record, turning the closed Tower Records on Sunset into Ickythump Records for a few days.

I wonder if they painted over the mural that was above the marquee.

TLSLOEWS
TLSLOEWS on April 5, 2010 at 10:23 pm

Nice that they have fixed the marquee up.

DonSolosan
DonSolosan on April 5, 2010 at 11:26 pm

There used to be a colorful mural over the marquee. Too bad. It looks kind of plain now.

someonewalksinla
someonewalksinla on August 9, 2010 at 2:15 am

Don. I did that mural. It was a banner and now in storage. There are no plans for it know.

DonSolosan
DonSolosan on August 9, 2010 at 12:13 pm

That was a great banner. It really brought the building to life.

spectrum
spectrum on November 30, 2010 at 11:39 pm

Their webpage (www.safari-sams.com) now goes to some other webpage about dogs. One of the internet yellow pages sites has their phone number ((323) 666-7267; )) and the correct address but indicated it is currently closed. There was one positive review about the place so it looks like it was open briefly. Let’s hope the closure isn’t permanent!

seymourcox
seymourcox on April 25, 2011 at 7:10 pm

Myron Hunt, architect of the Ambassador Theatre, may well have also designed the Regent too, as the two auditorium designs ware so similar.
Regent images:
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Ambassador auditorium;
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BradyWestwater
BradyWestwater on December 5, 2011 at 4:21 pm

A major reconstruction will happen in 2012 and it will reopen as a major music venue.

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