El Rey Theatre

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El Rey Theatre
Photograph courtesy El Rey Theatre

It might be a gorgeous Art Deco relic, but the 800-capacity El Rey runs a roster that's decidedly dust-free. From Fuzz to the Raveonettes, Dizzee Rascal to Autolux, the schedule is full of acts du jour, with the older but still-interesting likes of Roky Erickson and Nick Lowe also appearing. Sound and sightlines are both excellent.

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Venue name: El Rey Theatre
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Address: 5515 Wilshire Blvd
Los Angeles

Price: $10-$40
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tastemaker

Another venue that makes the list of great places to see a concert in LA. I prefer the El Rey to a place like the Wiltern for sure. It's a nice medium sized venue with a pretty consistent list of solid acts. Parking is often scarce, but if you give yourself a bit of extra time, there's definitely a chance you can find a spot on the street with a meter after hours. If you're looking for a place to grab a drink or a bite before the show, I suggest Rascal down the street - a super cute and very tasty bar/restaurant that's less than half a mile away from the venue. If that's not up your alley, Little Bar across the street from Rascal is also a decent choice for a beer before as well.


The El Rey is one of the best medium-size music venues in town. Primarily booked by powerhouse promoters Goldenvoice, this is the place to see your favorite Coachella and FYF type bands in a club setting. While the photograph shows how the space looks set up with chairs, they are removed for most concert events, with all space utilized for standing room. 

moderatortastemaker

El Rey is one of my favorite venues in LA. The venue is not too big so it never feels too crowded and packed, which I like. The sound and atmosphere has always been excellent! Busbys and Spare Tire are also down the street so it's convenient to grab a drink first and head to the venue afterwards!