Lance Goodall 9 Nov 2019
A few days ago I wrote on this topic, based on articles put out by Geoffrey Grider and Pulpit and Pen suggesting Hillsong will be holding this years Christmas production in the Mayan Theatre.
Although I couldn’t find any evidence of this, I am confident to report that Hillsong LA have no qualms or concerns in using this nightclub facility on a regular basis for meetings there, which means they are quite happy with the building which is;
A — Used as a nightclub
B — Has very dark architecture
C — Demonic gods
D – Engravings of Serpents
This Sunday we have a VENUE CHANGE. We’ll be right next door at the Mayan Theater! @joetermini from our @hillsongnyc family will be speaking during AM services, and our very own Campus Pastor @samlopez will be speaking during our PM services. We hope to see you this Sunday!
1038 S Hill St Los Angeles, CA
10 AM 12 PM 5 PM 7 PM
Rise and shine LA! We have a beautiful day ahead of us! We are at the Mayan Theater today, which is right next door to the Belasco.
Join us for one of our services, and bring a friend!
1038 S Hill St Los Angeles, CA
Street parking is free on Sundays!
The Mayan Theatre in downtown Los Angeles is an example of the 1920s fascination with revival-style theatre architecture, in this case Mayan revival.
The Mayan opened its doors in 1927 as a legitimate theatre; it is now used as a music/nightclub and live events venue. Between times it has showcased movies, blue movies (porn), and has been the scene of many movie location shoots.
The Mayan Auditorium
Designed by Stiles O. Clements of Morgan, Walls & Clements, the theatre originally seated 1,491 on two levels and was intended as a musical comedy house.
Despite being located immediately next to the Belasco Theatre, which had opened 10 months earlier in November 1926, both theatres were under the same management and so programming was designed to be complementary, not competitive. Legitimate drama ran at the Belasco with the Mayan staging musical comedies.
In November 1926 when the Belasco Theatre opened, the Los Angeles Times reported that the new theatre next door would opened “during the next six months … [and be] known as the Stowell [Theatre]”. However at an early stage of the Mayan’s planning, one of the theatre’s management team, Gerhold O. Davis, read a newspaper article about the extensive accomplishments of the Mayan civilization and subsequently hired the author, a young Mexican artist named Francisco Cornejo, to design the interior of the new theatre with a Mayan theme.
Stage with sidestages on each side
The theatre features 12ft-wide sidestages (or, “connecting stages”) on either side of the proscenium arch, located where auditorium boxes or organ grilles would normally be placed. Prior to the theatre’s opening, the Los Angeles Times described them as a “distinct novelty” and declared it the first time such an arrangement had been seen throughout all of America. The sidestages were intended to be used between scenes, for interludes between acts, or for special musical numbers. They were fitted with their own miniature fire curtains, complementing the design on the main fire curtain featuring Mayan jungles and temples.
On a technical point it’s interesting to note that the grid structure above the stage extends over the sidestages, forward of the proscenium arch.
The main feature of the auditorium was the massive centerpiece lighting fixture, a Mayan sun-ray design inspired by solar worship and the Mayan calendar stone.
The auditorium’s sidewalls feature depictions of the feathered serpent Quetzalcoatl, set amongst massive carved stone blocks. Although Mayan architecture was the focus, some features from Aztec architecture were included for contrast, such as the Aztec eagle warrior figure which features on several doors.
The main lobby boasts intricate detail from both Mayan and Aztec cultures and was dubbed — “The Hall of the Feathered Serpents”.
For a long time the original exterior ticket lobby had a drop ceiling however this has now been removed to reveal a deeply-coffered ceiling in three parts which would have probably featured a small patch of painted sky in the centers, reminiscent of openings to the sky at the top-center of Mayan temples.
Backstage, the majority of dressing rooms were organized around a central Green Room located directly underneath the stage (the Green Room would also function as the Trap Room should trapdoors in the stage be required). A Star dressing room was located at stage level (Stage Left) with some additional rooms above it.
Starting with its opening production of “Oh, Kay!” in August 1927, backstage staff and actors recorded the shows running at the theatre on a wall in the basement Pump Room. This list survives today and provides valuable insight into the programming of the theatre over its long history. The theatre is also notable for originally having had a paint frame at the rear of the stage. Only supporting beams for the paint frame are visible now.
In 1947 Frank Fouce acquired the building, and over the coming years changed the theatre’s policy to largely Spanish language films with occasional stage shows, comics, and singers.
Colorful Exterior; the bright paint job was added in 1968
In 1968 the theatre was sub-leased to Carlos Tobalina and renamed the Fabulous Mayan, exhibiting porn movies.
The façade’s current colorful decoration dates from this time, replacing the original “dull two-tone scheme of tan and orange”. In 1969 the theatre was triplexed, then later that year the Fouce family sold the theatre to Tobalina.
On 11th June 1989 the Mayan screened its last porno “Passion” before closing its doors.
Restaurant and nightclub owner Sammy Chao and entrepreneur Daniel Sullivan had been in discussion with the Tobalinas for about a year on re-imagining the Mayan as a nightclub. Initially it was planned to be called Lost City and open in late 1989, however the name changed to Club Mayan by the time it opened in March 1990. On the main floor the seating area was leveled from the stage to the balcony overhang, then terraced under the balcony. The gala opening, held in aid of the Los Angeles Conservancy , took place on Friday 9th March 1990.
As of 2019 the theatre is still operating with owner Sammy Chao at the helm.
The Mayan is a popular independent live entertainment and music venue in downtown L.A.
Jeremiah 11: 9 – 23
9 And the Lord said unto me, A conspiracy is found among the men of Judah, and among the inhabitants of Jerusalem.
10 They are turned back to the iniquities of their forefathers, which refused to hear my words; and they went after other gods to serve them: the house of Israel and the house of Judah have broken my covenant which I made with their fathers.
11 Therefore thus saith the Lord, Behold, I will bring evil upon them, which they shall not be able to escape; and though they shall cry unto me, I will not hearken unto them.
12 Then shall the cities of Judah and inhabitants of Jerusalem go, and cry unto the gods unto whom they offer incense: but they shall not save them at all in the time of their trouble.
13 For according to the number of thy cities were thy gods, O Judah; and according to the number of the streets of Jerusalem have you set up altars to that shameful thing, even altars to burn incense unto Baal.
14 Therefore pray not thou for this people, neither lift up a cry or prayer for them: for I will not hear them in the time that they cry unto me for their trouble.
15 What hath my beloved to do in mine house, seeing she hath wrought lewdness with many, and the holy flesh is passed from thee? when thou doest evil, then thou rejoicest.
16 The Lord called thy name, A green olive tree, fair, and of goodly fruit: with the noise of a great tumult he hath kindled fire upon it, and the branches of it are broken.
17 For the Lord of hosts, that planted thee, hath pronounced evil against thee, for the evil of the house of Israel and of the house of Judah, which they have done against themselves to provoke me to anger in offering incense unto Baal.
18 And the Lord hath given me knowledge of it, and I know it: then thou show me their doings.
19 But I was like a lamb or an ox that is brought to the slaughter; and I knew not that they had devised devices against me, saying, Let us destroy the tree with the fruit thereof, and let us cut him off from the land of the living, that his name may be no more remembered.
20 But, O Lord of hosts, that judgest righteously, that triest the reins and the heart, let me see thy vengeance on them: for unto thee have I revealed my cause.
21 Therefore thus saith the Lord of the men of Anathoth, that seek thy life, saying, Prophesy not in the name of the Lord, that thou die not by our hand:
22 Therefore thus saith the Lord of hosts, Behold, I will punish them: the young men shall die by the sword; their sons and their daughters shall die by famine:
23 And there shall be no remnant of them: for I will bring evil upon the men of Anathoth, even the year of their visitation.
Here are a number of photos which show Hillsong’s lack of judgement and an absolute inability to discern right from wrong, good from evil.