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The Yost Theater

307 N. Spurgeon St. Santa Ana, CA 92701 | Santa Ana | 888-862-9573

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The Yost Theater is a concert venue in Santa Ana. Housed in a vintage movie house, the Yost Theater is looking to compete with big OC music venues such as Disney's House of Blues. Gorgeously appointed with massive plush drapes, ornate lanterns, blue ceiling tiles and a state of the art sound system, there might be some nervous grumbling in the House of Mouse. They have a lot of EDM shows, but the occasional indie darling will sneak in—and even some Spanish-language stuff. Co-operated by former Koo's Cafe owner Dennis Lluy, The Yost serves a large selection of draft beers and features a full bar -- perfect for getting loose in front of the massive stage. We won’t talk about its historic role as the center of Latino life in Southern California and its subsequent thievery twice from the Latinos who loved it because it’s simply too painful—but now you know.


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