20. El Rey Theatre
City: Los Angeles
Address: 5515 Wilshire Blvd.
Coolest Feature: One of the very first art deco theaters on the Miracle Mile
Situated along the Miracle Mile, the El Rey Theatre is its OG art deco theater. After opening in 1936, it spent nearly fifty years as a movie theater before being converted to a dance club during the 1980s. It finally became a music venue in 1994, just a few years after being named a Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monument.
Though the decor is without question its greatest asset, the intimate venue boasts an amazing soundsystem and a special VIP lounge to compliment the ballroom and full stage. Imagine how imagine how amusing it must've been to think that you saw Lana Del Rey at the El Rey after a few drinks. It's one thing to see a show, it's another to enjoy it because of the level of care put into the venue just as much as the magic that takes place on stage. That's what separates the El Rey from other places.