El Rey Theatre
230 W. 2nd Street,
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This was opened as the Majestic Theatre in 1905. The theatre now has a very bland flat façade, but a nice orange and red marquee. The vertical sign is flat against the façade. From September 1, 1925 it was known as the National Theatre, operated by T & D Jr. Enterprises chain. They changed the name to American Theatre on March 18, 1939. I was badly damaged by a fire on October 24, 1946.
It reopened on June 25, 1948 as the El Rey Theatre with Bud Abbott & Lou Costello in “The Noose Hangs High”. It was closed in March of 2005. It was scheduled to be gutted and converted into office and retail space with parking. However, in late-2007 it had re-opened as a live performance venue. It was closed in 2017 and reopened February 10, 2018.
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