First opened as a movie house in 1936, the El Rey Theatre was designed by Clifford A. Balch, known for designing more than twenty Art Deco movie houses around Southern California. After nearly 50 years as a first run movie theater, the Art Deco gem was designated a Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monument in 1991, converted to a live music venue in 1994, and continues to book an exciting mix of acclaimed musicians and rising stars.
Two stellar pre-concert dining options are located on La Brea just minutes from the El Rey. Located a half-mile from the El Rey, République is a multifaceted restaurant and bakery fronted by chef Walter Manzke and pastry powerhouse Margarita Manzke. Housed in a building that Charlie Chaplin built in 1928, the light-filled République features an overflowing display of Margarita’s wonderful baked goods every morning, along with Walter’s French-inspired fare during breakfast, lunch, dinner and a bustling weekend brunch. The early evening is ideal for enjoying wine, oysters and charcuterie in the front bar.
A few blocks north of République is Odys + Penelope, opened in January 2015 by another culinary power couple, Quinn and Karen Hatfield. With an emphasis on locally sourced and sustainable meats, seafood and seasonal vegetables, the heart of Odys + Penelope are the open grill, wood-fired smoker and Brazilian churrasco (barbecue). Don’t miss the nightly selections “From the Brasero” - shared plates such as applewood smoked short ribs with Quinn’s Western Sweet Sauce, dry aged churrasco Sirloin cap, and bacon-wrapped chicken thighs with lemon date sauce.