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Kim Sing Theatre | Chinatown, Downtown Los Angeles

LOCATION: DTLA | CHINATOWN 
VIBE: VIBRANT, HISTORICAL, UNIQUE

This informative post was created in collaboration with Claudia Casanova of One Darling Day. All images by Brittany at BKM Photography.

View of the courtyard from the main entrance.

View of the courtyard from the main entrance.

ABOUT:  THE KIM SING THEATRE, once a kung-fu movie house in the 1960s, has reopened their doors for the first time in 17 years. The first major remodel was done in 1999 and since then has been turned into a multi dimension space that offers an indoor courtyard, full kitchen and living quarters while still preserving the charm of the theater. 

Interior.

Interior.

Interior.

Interior.

THINGS WE LOVE: 

  • Great location for the urban couple

  • Open vendor policy (insurance required)

  • Non traditional layout

  • Include furnished space with rental

  • 12-hour rental period, weekend buyout optional 

  • Comfortably seats 80-100 guests, 150 for cocktail-style

  • Easy vendor load-in

  • Plenty of space for wedding party to get ready on-site

  • Fun marquee available 

  • BONUS -- "Hotel: Kim Sing" bedrooms available for rent. Sleeps 11. Host all of your out-of-town family and guests on-site!

  • BONUS #2 -- “Good Idea!” A fun street-facing storefront accessible from the main courtyard that can be rented separately for a VIP entrance, lounge, bar, or dessert space. (Let your imagination run wild.)

“Good Idea!” An optional rental space adjacent to the courtyard.

“Good Idea!” An optional rental space adjacent to the courtyard.

THINGS TO CONSIDER: 

  • Located at a busy intersection 

  • Additional rentals needed, such as ceremony chairs and reception tables

  • No onsite parking. A lot nearby has cheap self-parking. Other public lots available for purchase, valet recommended.

  • Switching space from ceremony to reception could be tricky depending on guest count

  • No commercial kitchen (they do have residential kitchen)

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ESTIMATED PRICE FOR FULL WEDDING w/ 100 GUESTS: $25k+

FUN FACT: Katy Perry completely overhauled the space in 2017 for her Witness Tour Livestream Event. She added the loft yurt and sunken lounge area (the latter will be removed by the Kim Sing Theatre in 2019 to make space for more seated guests).

Loft yurt.

Loft yurt.

Thanks to Katie at Kim Sing Theatre for the walkthrough! It was so fun to learn about the space and compile this post with One Darling Day. We’ve so many more venues and vendors to share and can’t wait to bring you ALL of the information.

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