The Mayan Theatre

The Mayan Theatre, Los Angeles: Hours, Address, The Mayan Theatre Reviews: 4/5

The Mayan Theatre
9:00 PM - 2:30 AM
9:00 PM - 2:30 AM
Tours and Tickets
The area
Neighbourhood: Downtown
Downtown Los Angeles is a busy metropolis of towering buildings, bustling streets, and industrial warehouses. There is a distinct multiplicity of cultures here with a growing influx of business professionals and hipsters. Many call the evolution of Downtown over recent years gentrification. New lofts, bars, hotels and restaurants are popping up regularly. Downtown is home to some of the very best restaurants in the city leading the LA foodie scene, plus it is the location of cultural and sports venues including the Walt Disney Concert Hall, the Staples Center, and the Coliseum at the University of Southern California.
How to get there
  • Pico • 9 min walk

18 reviews
Very good

Aspen, CO22 contributions
Awesome venue
Oct 2019
We went to the Mayan for a concert last week and had a great time. The venue was great and once they dialed the sound in even better!!!
Written 18 October 2019
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Edouard F
Sao Paulo, SP4 contributions
Cool Night club
Dec 2016 • Couples
This place exists a lot time. Do not ages.
And you can spot it on several Hollywood movies.
Since my twitted I used to go there.
Written 13 November 2017
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Joe G. Bear
Redondo Beach, CA2,007 contributions
Laura Marling (05/03/2017)
May 2017 • Solo
I won tickets from 88.5 KCSN Radio (Thanks!!) It was a cinch to find parking (paid lot across from the theatre for $15, so get there early) and the theatre itself was quite nice, with its historical status and location in Downtown L.A. Just like Teragram Ballroom, its standing room arena (no seats on the floor) and any seating would be limited, located on the loft level. Opening act was a local Los Angeles Alt-Rock group 'Valley Queen' and I liked their style. Singer-Songwriter Laura Marling came on after 9pm, and she focused on performing new material from her new album "Semper Famina" which is getting heavy airplay on our local NPR Music stations like KCSN (World Cafe) and KCRW (MBE and 'Eclectic24' on 89.9 HD2). I was hoping to hear some more songs from her last album, including 'False Hope' (Marling stuck to mostly new material). The place was packed - but I had a good spot near the front, no issues at all. It's a small venue, so concertgoers had a relatively good view of the stage. Exiting was quick and I simply walked across the street to my car and exit to The 10 WB onramp just two blocks away. Overall, I enjoyed the concert and the ease of parking - unlike The Teragram concert in February. FOUR CLAWS UP!!!! Thanks 88.5 KCSN for the tixs and Thank You for reading my review. Joe G. Bear - Redondo Beach, CA and proud KCSN Member
Written 6 May 2017
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lake in the hills, IL110 contributions
WAY cool atmosphere and decor and the sound was good too!
Oct 2016 • Friends
I have been to a lot of concerts at the Ford Theatre in LA but never to the Mayan though I'd heard OF it. I'm glad I got to experience it!

The parking situation is really convenient. I was lucky to get street parking near by as i came early but there are lots next to and across the street. One is $10, the other $15 but if you don't mind walking about 5 or 6 blocks, there is one for $7 down and around the corner so...there are options.

The venue itself feels like walking into an ancient egyptian pyramid! I loved it! The sound was good too and what I also liked (though I've read some saying they don't) is that there's no alcohol allowed on the main floor when it's all ages. I don't drink and I don't care if others do but I DO care when they come on staggering drunk and start spilling their drink all over me so it was a nice relief knowing that would not happen!

I hope I can see a gig here again the next time I'm in LA for a show! =o)
Written 11 November 2016
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Seattle, WA675 contributions
So fun and beautiful decor
May 2016 • Friends
We came for Lucha Va-voom, which would have been cool enough by itself but the decor of this theatre club really was special.
Written 6 May 2016
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Zac B
Mudgee, Australia90 contributions
Excellent Theatre
Mar 2016 • Friends
Went there for a Cannibal Corpse concert wih a friend and found the venue excellent. There is not a bad seat in the house with everywhere having clear views of the stage. The venue has plenty of bars on each of the levels but are pretty expensive
Written 9 March 2016
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Thomas P
Los Angeles, CA236 contributions
Walking in LA
Mar 2016 • Solo
Downtown core has loads of fabulous old buildings and theatres in the area between 4th and Ninth, Figueroa and Spring Street. The Mayan one of my personal favorites but you decide, I live here and see these all the time!
Written 5 March 2016
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Tempe, AZ82 contributions
Went For a Concert
Nov 2015 • Friends
The miscommunication between everyone here is glaringly obvious when there's a concert here. All management cared about was separating everyone in 21+ or under which understabdably so. However, they didn't take inti any account how long people had been waiting for a general admission concert so people who had been waiting since early in the morning ended up at the end because of backward management. I only gave this place 3 stars because the actual bartender was fabulous and their balcony level was a really nice place to relax and watch the show. But I'll probably never come back here unless this particular band decides to play again here, which I hope they never do.
Written 6 November 2015
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Byrdie J
Blue Heaven, South Carolina, United States28 contributions
Sep 2015 • Friends
A friend invited me to see a favorite band, Coco Rossi. The night proved to be pleasures beyond the stellar performance of these artist. I had never been to The Mayan Theatre, nor heard of it. To begin with the paid parking directly across the street was eazy peazy. Quickly we were in line waiting for the doors to open. I felt grateful for the pause allowing me time to marvel at the Mayan sculpture embedded in the exterior walls by the artist Francisco Cornejo. The interior was even more spectacular. I was immediately filled with a passionate thought evoked by its spirit. - "Oh my glob, the very idea that it might have been erased like so many other architectural master pieces makes me weep". Thank you merciful protectors of all things vintage !!! Even if you don't got to the theater to dance or hear music it is a "can not miss" for architectural buffs. Especially those impassioned by the Deco period. Post concert I researched The Mayan's history and found it opened in August of 1927 and designed by Stiles O. Clements of Morgan-Walls and Clements. To date, this is one of two most stunning theaters from this era that I have seen. Through out the theater it is lavished with pre-Columbian patterns and sculptures by Cornejo. The intricacies found in ceiling, floor, wall and everything in between was impressive.

Onward we carefully considered our options for the performance and settled on an birds eye view from the very nice balcony. Our front row seats came with a built in table to accommodate the drinks. Speaking of - There were little efficiency bars with limited selections arranged in convenient areas. But if you desired a full service bar this was available on the first floor.

Next we went in search of food and of course, on a mission for further exploration. We discovered two more club areas with attractive bars, nice dance floors and large old school banquettes. What really astounded me was that everything seemed original to the theater and in immaculate condition. An added bonus was how clean everything was including carpets. I felt dizzy in the over all essence of a by-gone glamorous era as I imagined it back in the day. In one of the bars we located food. They offered a decent size menu of bar eats. Grazing was not allowed in the balcony so we parked it a monogrammed table. I had my all time favorite the cheeseburger and my friend a chicken quesadilla. Surprisingly the food tasted really good lacking the "in a hurry microwave finish".

Returning to the balcony for the show I looked down on the ballroom and found it adequate with a crush of mesmerized Coco Rossi worshipers packed in by the stage or floating about in dance. Although considered a small theater there was plenty of breathing room available in the back with bench seating aligning the walls. The acoustics were perfect to showcase these artists. But, within my experience, it seemed as we tore into the night the music itself transformed into a homage of this magical landmark. The heavy fog of dark lighting enhanced the architectural nuances even further from the chandelier based on an Aztec calendar to the original fire curtain depicting Mayan jungles and temples. For you movies buffs the films, "Save The Tiger", "Rock N' Roll High School" and "A Night at the Roxbury" were all filmed here.

If aviance is inclusive to your over all "going out" experience I hope you find an event that takes you there. Again, if you are an appreciator of fine architecture don't miss it. Other thoughts - this place would be a spectacular setting for a vintage wedding with a plethora of interesting back drops. I mentioned the Mayan is one of two most beautiful Art Deco theaters I had ever seen. The other one is "The Theater at The Ace Hotel", which is right around the corner. By chance I saw "The Milk Carton Kids" there just weeks later. I was unaware it too was a 1920's theater and that I would find a mix of Deco and Victorian architecture. I came to realize the Mayans distance to the Theater at The Ace Hotel when I stuck my head out of the window of the ladies lounge. Looking down the alley there it was glowing in its neon glory. Once again, I felt grateful to have discovered The Mayan. Ahhhhhhhhhhhh - One can only hope our era will leave such impressive architecture to the future.
Written 24 October 2015
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Loudon, TN78 contributions
intimate theatre
Sep 2015 • Couples
attended a concert sponsored by a mexican beer maker as a sweepstake winner. so food and drinks were provided by the sponsor so i can't comment on the cost or quality of drinks sold during public venue. appeared to be ample parking lots surrounding the theatre. it is unique in the fact that the main floor is open with only limited seating on the edge of the floor. the 2nd level contained another bar and the bathrooms - which seemed too few for the facility. the 3rd level had steps to sit on - no seats. for a long concert was getting tough on the seat. good view even from the 3rd level. don't know if the speakers were the performing group or belonged to the theatre but they were huge so the sound really filled the hall.
Written 6 October 2015
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