El Rey Theatre

5515 Wilshire Boulevard,
Los Angeles, CA 90036

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El Rey Theatre exterior

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Once part of the Fox theater chain, it later became a Mann theater. Now it hosts concerts and live events.

Contributed by B Erickson

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shilo07
shilo07 on August 31, 2010 at 8:40 pm

nice theatre i went inside 10 years ago they were having a dj party/clothing sale.

dctrig
dctrig on October 14, 2010 at 11:07 am

The El Rey was a revival house in the 1980s. I remember seeing the 1942 movie “To Be Or Not To Be” thre around 1984.

coweyhere
coweyhere on November 8, 2010 at 3:19 pm

Two photos of the El Rey from November 2009:

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DonSolosan
DonSolosan on February 2, 2011 at 5:35 pm

The El Rey is featured in CSI as a burlesque club, season 11, episode 12 “A Kiss Before Frying.”

drb
drb on February 10, 2011 at 1:00 am

Some of the photos of the filmimg of “Who Framed Roger Rabbit” show the El Rey as it looked in the late ‘80s. I think I’ve seen a better set, but here’s some smallish ones:
http://www.davesrailpix.com/pe/htm/perr01.htm
http://www.davesrailpix.com/pe/htm/perr02.htm
http://www.davesrailpix.com/pe/htm/perr08.htm

You can see the El Rey’s marquee in the film when Eddie and Roger are fleeing in Bennie the Cab.

DonSolosan
DonSolosan on February 10, 2011 at 11:08 am

My guess is that’s not the real El Rey; it looks like they dressed up some street and recreated the El Rey. For one thing, the street looks too narrow to be Wilshire Blvd. There’s an island at that point as well, planted with trees, that’s been there since the early 90s, I believe. I also think this is closer to downtown: that skyscraper in the background looks like the Aon Center. If this was the El Rey, there’d be another building down the street with the address 5455 on it (see Ken MC’s photo of 1/16/2009). It would block the view of those other buildings.

What does everyone else think?

dtrigubetz
dtrigubetz on October 13, 2011 at 12:54 am

Went to the El Rey tonight (10-12)for the first time in 25 years. Very few vestiges of the movie house, but it is a fairly attractive concert venue, in a utilitarian sort of way. Glad to see the street lobby box office is still being used for ticket pick up.

Glad I only paid $5.50 on Goldstar, as the two bands from Italy, Caparezza and Apres La Classe, were a loud and dangerous insult to the ears. It’s a joke: there were three sound engineers in the booth needed to produce garbage bass distortion. Even many young people fled to the outer lobby and street for relief. It was hard to tell if the guitarists had any talent as they mainly played mindless chords. The two drummers, however, were quite good.

The supreme irony from Apres La Classe was that they used taped big band intros of “Take the A Train”, “Caravan”, and the “Theme From the Godfather”, for three numbers. First taped class and then live trash.

The El Rey sign at night is positively gorgeous.

Edward Havens
Edward Havens on October 13, 2011 at 6:47 am

Going back to the pictures from Roger Rabbit, that is not the real El Rey. In the second linked photo, one can clearly see the One Wilshire building in the background, which puts this location somewhere downtown.

LOCAL150IATSE
LOCAL150IATSE on June 26, 2012 at 1:44 pm

I WAS A UNION PROJECTIONIST THERE IN THE EARLY 70’s. IT WAS A NEIGHBORHOOD HOUSE SHOWING 2nd RUN FILMS. LUCKILY IT GOT SAVED AND BECAME A LIVE THEATRE FOR MUSICAL EVENTS.

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