Los Angeles – The historic El Cid celebrates 50 years of authentic Flamenco performances from internationally and locally renowned artists with a special performance by Arte Flamenco on October 11th at 7:30 p.m.
The artists of Arte Flamenco are originally from Spain and have performed throughout the world, bringing their incredible talents to this dynamic presentation. Arte Flamenco features Antonio Triana on guitar; dancers Fanny Ara & Manuel Gutierrez; Jose Cortes on vocals; and Antonio de Jerez on vocals and percussion.
The El Cid’s history goes back almost a century when in 1915, when D.W. Griffith filmed scenes from the controversial film “The Birth of a Nation” in the cornfields behind where the El Cid now stands. In 1925, the current building was constructed and housed the Jail Café, which was a café and speakeasy designed to look like a prison with a watchtower, jail cells and guard uniformed waiters. In 1932, the building was converted into a playhouse called the Gateway Theatre. The building that we now recognize as the El Cid was transformed into a replica of a 16th century Spanish tavern in 1963, where it has enjoyed five decades of success in Los Angeles.
The El Cid is known as the premiere restaurant and night club for Flamenco Dinner Shows, brunch, live music, film screenings, tapas on the patio and a full bar. Daily Happy Hours are from 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm. Flamenco Dinner Shows take place on Fridays at 7:30 pm and Saturdays at 7:00 pm with Spanish tapas and dinner menu beginning one hour prior to show time. Paella Sunday Suppers feature Andalusian Paella on the Patio with Flamenco Shows beginning at 5:30 p.m.