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The Jane

Many 20th-century theaters for performing arts and film have begun to outlast their viability, but rather than being banished to the pages of history books, these vintage venues have been completely rebranded.


Also worth seeing:

Detroit
The Michigan Theater, 1926
Now a parking garage, although most of the original architecture is intact

Salt Lake City
The Villa Theatre, 1949
Now Adib’s Rug Gallery
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The Mayan

Los Angeles
The Mayan Theatre, 1927
Now: The Mayan, a club/concert venue
The Mayan’s appeal lies in Mexican sculptor Francisco Cornejo’s intricate decorations, including seven warrior statues that grace the building’s facade. Following its days as a musical theater venue, the Mayan eked out a seedy existence for decades before it was transformed into a swanky concert venue/salsa club in 1990. 1038 S. Hill St., www.clubmayan.com

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The Jane

New York
Jane Street Theater
Now: The Jane, a hotel
Once an intimate off-Broadway spot, the Jane Street Theater premiered well-known musicals like Hedwig and the Angry Inch and Jonathan Larson’s Tick, Tick… Boom! Today, management of the newly minted Jane hotel has converted the theater into an event space with a bi-level bar and a massive disco ball. 113 Jane St., www.thejanenyc.com

Las Vegas
El Portal Theatre, 1928
Now: New El Portal, a gift shop El Portal Theatre has been a part of Las Vegas folklore longer than playing cards and poker chips. It was the first building in Sin City to have air conditioning, and at one point, it was the only movie theater in Vegas (Frank Sinatra’s The Joker Is Wild premiered there). Unfortunately, the interior was eventually gutted and turned into a gift shop. 310 Fremont St., (702) 868-7600