THE mayan theater
1038 S HILL ST., LOS ANGELES, CA 90015
Opened in 1927. Became a popular nightclub in 1990.
The Mayan, much like the popular Downtown LA strip venues, shadows as Nightclubs on off nights. You can always revisit it. Except, I like seeing music showcases here.
A GA ticket allows you entrance to both the floor and balcony. Which is not something you get at the Wiltern or Fonda. You are free to wonder its ancient halls, tinted in neon. Luckily, there are multiple small bar stops on each floor. You can get lost and find yourself outside. Kind of cool, right?
I have been able to experience a show at each of the various areas here. And I can tell you, wherever you land…you’ll love your view. The floor slates backwards. You’ll be looking up at the artist on stage. I didn’t like it because the farther back you are the more difficult it is to see. The best spot is the railing overlooking the floor. You are level with the stage. Prepare to fight for your spot for everyone will try to push their way in. Your second choice is the balcony, which doesn’t have any seats. You get to stand or sit on rugged elevated stadium platforms. Made me feel like I was relaxing on my parents living room floor. Most sit, so don’t be the one person that stands for the entire night. Feel the room.
The merchandise stand is located stage right on the press ramp. [see picture]
With my long lens point and shoot Nikon, no matter what show the Mayan usually provides the best lights for guerrilla shooting. The acoustics are strong. One of the most underrated venues in LA.
PARKING & FOOD
Downtown is quite tricky to find parking. There are random street spots that might be free. Check the signs to make sure you won’t get a ticket. I usually park in the lot next to the Mayan. Then I frequent sophisticated and hidden away bar called “The Stocking Frame” just up the road. Always thought it was an outdoorsy furniture store based off the exterior. But once inside the spacious room you’ll feel like you’ve been transported to a forest lodge. Their menu changes often. So check it before settling. There are a few more bars (Mediterranean & Indian) in and around that corner.