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A Hidden Gem in Los Angeles – The Regent Theatre

Published On: January 11, 2023Categories: Going out, Movie Theatre, Music venue, TheatreTags:

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If you’re looking for a unique movie-going experience, look no further than the Regent Theatre in Downtown Los Angeles. This hidden gem offers an eclectic mix of films that you won’t find at your local cineplex.

From cult classics to indie films, there’s something for everyone at The Regent. In addition to its impressive film programming, the theatre also offers a variety of special events, including concerts and Q&A sessions with filmmakers.

So, if you’re looking for a different kind of night out during your stay at Freehand Los Angeles, be sure to check out The Regent…

What is The Regent Theater?

Originally opened in 1914 as The National, the theater was then renamed The Regent three years later and it became one of the first theaters in Los Angeles to show “talkies” or movies with sound. Located in Downtown Los Angeles on S. Main Street, the theater became a “grindhouse” and adult movie revenue until it closed in 2000.

In the summer of 2011, Tom Gilmore bought the house and converted it into an art and performance venue for the monthly Thursday night Downtown Art Walk. In 2012, the theater was taken over by music promoter Mitchell Frankalong with Artist and Recreation, LLC, and Knitting Factory Entertainment Inc., took over the lease with the aim to restore it to its former glory.

The Regent is the sole surviving historic movie theaters on Downtown LA’s Main Street.

What kind of events is The Regent Theater home to?

The Regent Theater hosts concerts, themed dance nights, theater performances, movie screenings, special events, parties and festivals.

You can check what’s going on during your upcoming trip here.

How can I get to The Regent Theater from Freehand Los Angeles?

The Regent Theater is located in the Bank District neighborhood in Downtown L.A. at 448 S. Main Street, Los Angeles, CA 90014.

If you’re planning on attending an event at The Regent Theater during your stay at Freehand Los Angeles, traveling there is easy:

  • Taxi (approx. 9 minutes)
  • Walk (approx. 16 minutes)
  • Metro (approx. 13 minutes): Walk from Freehand to Olive/ 8th – 5383, take the 70 or 76 East to El Monte Station and ride 2 stops to Olive/ 5th 157715. Walk approx. 8 minutes to reach the Regent Theater.
  • Bus (approx. 15 minutes): Walk from Freehand Los Angeles to Main St and 8th St – 6715963 (approx. 7 minutes), catch the Dash-D and ride approx. 3 minutes minutes to Main St & 5th St – 6715994. Walk approx. 2 minutes to The Regent Theater.