A Jazz Age Evening at the Los Angeles Theatre


Los Angeles Theatre Fri, Aug 18, 2023 7:00 PM - 11:30 PM


The downtown Los Angeles Theatre “Unusual,” a speakeasy uncovered by a curious impresario by the name of Couyon, will open its clandestine doors to the Art Deco Society of Los Angeles and their friends for a decadent and unforgettable evening of hot jazz from Alex Mendham and His Orchestra, Cocktails from Sipsmith Gin, the appearance of a silent film star or two (onscreen) and Candlelight Tours of the 1931 picture palace, resplendent with glittering fountains and French Baroque majesty. Revelers will enjoy an intimate evening in the movie palace where Charlie Chaplin’s CITY LIGHTS premiered!

This event will give revelers an opportunity to explore Los Angeles’ most extravagant theater, with an exquisite personal touch.

  • This unusual Jazz Age evening at the Los Angeles Theatre is a 21 and over event. You must bring a valid photo I.D. for entry.
  • One complimentary drink ticket is included with each ticket to this event. Additional beverages will be available for sale. Formal vintage or vintage-inspired attire is required. No jeans, sports attire, Hawaiian shirts, casual shoes. Think William Powell and Myrna Loy in THE THIN MAN. 
  • Due the historic status of the building, there are no elevators.
  • Entry to the event will be at 624 St. Vincent Court, Los Angeles, CA 90014.
  • This is a private side entrance to the Los Angeles Theatre. It is off of 7th Street. You will walk down a "European Street" all the way to the back of the alley to enter the event. The theatre fronts Broadway. The front door will not be accessible for entry.

Please note that this is a different event than the one previously advertised with Alex Mendham for the same date.


Designed by revered theater architect S. Charles Lee, the Los Angele Theatre opened on January 30, 1931 in the sound era, with Charlie Chaplin's pantomime CITY LIGHTS. Luminaries at opening night include Chaplin's co-star Virginia Cherrill, but the Little Tramp's friend Professor Albert Einstein stole the spotlight. Such stars as Dolores Del Rio and Constance Bennett were there in addition to fellow filmmakers Cecil B. DeMille, Jesse Lasky and Carl Laemmle, Sr. The building was declared a Los Angele City Historic Cultural Monument in 1979. Today the theatre is only open for special events.

Los Angeles Times, January 29, 1931.