.

The Best Big Rooms in America

17

El Rey Theatre in Los Angeles


El Rey Theatre, Los Angeles, California
CC Image courtesy of DB's travels on Flickr
17/20

After almost 60 years as a first-run movie house in Los Angeles' Miracle Mile theatre district, the El Rey reinvented itself as a live-music club in 1994 – and hired Bob Dylan to christen its new stage with five shows. The club maintains its classic touches, including a giant staircase, ornate lobby and VIP balcony lounge, but the grand ballroom is simple, narrow and great for shows. Indie-rock agent Tom Windish calls the El Rey and the equally historic Henry Fonda Theatre "the best mid-sized venues in LA." Coming up this year: Dale Earnhart Jr. Jr., Shuggie Otis and, befitting its location, actor Jeff Bridges' band.

Capacity: 770

Website: http://www.theelrey.com

Fun Fact: At one point in its history, the space served as a flophouse.

Quick Jump


blog comments powered by Disqus
 
www.expandtheroom.com