Stepping into Mayan Revival Architecture in Downtown L.A.


In the heart of Los Angeles, the Mayan Theater has stood watch over L.A. since the summer of 1927. Originally a traditional theater, The Mayan became a nightclub in 1990.

The Mayan Theater - Downtown Los Angeles

Built in Mayan Revival architectural style, the pre-Columbian sculptures were designed by Francisco Cornejo* (Mexican painter and sculptor; 1892-1963). His sculptures are used in every corner of the theater – inside and out on floors and ceilings.

The central chandelier hanging high above the main floor and balcony is based on the ancient Aztec calendar stone.

In popular culture, The Mayan has been featured in movies like The Bodyguard and A Night at the Roxbury.

Various styles of live music can be heard during the week. Friday and Saturday nights are reserved for Club Mayan with DJs spinning tropical music, top 40 and dance music. Live Salsa and Tropical bands take the stage as well. Dress code is enforced on Friday and Saturday nights. Check their website for more info: Friday Nights :: Saturday Nights

The real Mayans were a group of indigenous people who lived in modern-day southern Mexico (Chiapas, Tabasco, Campeche, Yucat√°n, and Quintana Roo), Guatemala, Belize, El Salvador and Honduras beginning in around 2600 B.C.

*Francisco Cornejo was a painter and sculpture born in La Paz, Mexico in 1892. Having studied in Mexico City, he left the capital and moved to Los Angeles in 1911 at the age of 19. While in California he taught ancient American art to San Francisco public school teachers. Moving back to Mexico in the 1930’s, he lived and worked there until his death in 1963.

Chandelier - The Mayan Theater - Downtown LA

Lobby light - The Mayan Theater - Downtown LA

Entrance floor - The Mayan Theater - Downtown LA

Wall of the Mayan Theater - Downtown LA

Visit the Mayan Theater at:

Mayan Theater
1038 South Hill Street
Los Angeles, California 90015
Phone: (213) 746-4674

Directions (map)


Twitter: @TheMayanLA

Facebook: @the.Mayan.LA

Youtube: @ClubMayan

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Lisa Kuhn

Lisa has traveled through South America for three months exploring Peru, Bolivia, Chile and Argentina. She also traveled extensively in the Western United States including Washington, Oregon, California, Arizona, Utah, Wyoming, Colorado, Montana and South Dakota. Lisa has traveled to Europe three times including her first trip in Europe backpacking for three months of solo-travel.

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