Galaxy Theater

★★★☆☆
Vegas-style theatre features an eclectic mix of pop, rock and punk--both big names and up-and-comers--with an emphasis on local talent.
  • 3503 S. Harbor Blvd

    Santa Ana, CA 92704

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  • 714-957-0600

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Went to see Venice last weekend and had a great time. We made dinner reservations and got great seats. Our server was Geneva and she was very sweet and attentive to us the entire evening. The band was amazing but could have been mixed a

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★★★★★

Went to see Venice last weekend and had a great time. We made dinner reservations and got great seats. Our server was Geneva and she was very sweet and attentive to us the entire evening. The band was amazing but could have been mixed a

Pros: Really trippy place to see a show. Very cool stage setup

Cons: Parking could be better

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staff and sound engineers were the rudest people ive met in my life, bar tender ignored me for 8 minutes waiting to get a beer and finally took my order, over priced food, cocky ex highschool jocks who did not make it in life soo took a job as a bouncer here to boss kids around half their size, the place scehdules bands that promote racisim and ignorance and does not say anything to stop it...hmm either racisim sells or maybe they embrace it? went to a show claiming they would scan and keep out nazis from the club, it went very well because 3/4 was filled with white trash inbred a**holes running their mouth and throwing zeik heils during music sets which ruined the show.

PS galaxy if you want to obtain more business and actually fill shows up, stop promoting racial bands and hire a new staff of people who want to work and not waste company money by having a few beers behind the bar while customers are waiting.

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★☆☆☆☆

staff and sound engineers were the rudest people ive met in my life, bar tender ignored me for 8 minutes waiting to get a beer and finally took my order, over priced food, cocky ex highschool jocks who did not make it in life soo took a job as a bouncer here to boss kids around half their size, the place scehdules bands that promote racisim and ignorance and does not say anything to stop it...hmm either racisim sells or maybe they embrace it? went to a show claiming they would scan and keep out nazis from the club, it went very well because 3/4 was filled with white trash inbred a**holes running their mouth and throwing zeik heils during music sets which ruined the show.

PS galaxy if you want to obtain more business and actually fill shows up, stop promoting racial bands and hire a new staff of people who want to work and not waste company money by having a few beers behind the bar while customers are waiting.

Pros: white women

Cons: the galaxy

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The Galaxy SUX
The Galaxy SUX

Advice first....review second....
If you really must attend a show at the Galaxy....first, eat dinner elsewhere. Also, make sure to have a few drinks before your arrival. Plan on arriving late (after the horribly pathetic excuses for openers the Galaxy dredges from the bowels of rock-n-roll). Arrive already well-fed and well-drank. Go directly to the "dance-floor" and get as close as possible to your favorite band....and don't order or pay for a single item (food or beverage). Just enjoy the show, and hope for decent sound.
Now...on to the review:
It used to be that Mr. Folgner had a clue how to run an intimate and compelling show venue. Unfortunately, the newly re-opened Galaxy is none of that...and WORSE.
One would think revenue to be a driving force behind business decisions. How then does one explain an absolutely barren, almost non-existenet beer selection, priced northward of $5 per bottle....served WARM? It's bad enough there are no decent drinkable beers offered....but...served WARM?? Also, how might an even modestly managed bar "run out" of major brand liqour and then only offer up cheap well-brand garbage?
Bottom line...the drinks SUCK...the food SUX worse (you're better off at drive-thru fast food, than the shoe leather substitutes they serve up under the guise of steak or chicken)...the service is non-existent...over 40 minutes before one can even place a dinner order)...the sound is painfully pathetic (FOH and monitor engineers must come from the same school of thought as other Galaxy staff)....the seating is worse than a multi-purpose room at an elementary school (if Folgner paid over $3 per chair, he was robbed)....the staff is arrogant and apathetic (and did I mention SLLOOOWW)...the management could absolutely care less....
Need I continue??
Skip this place in favor of a venue and staff that appreciate your choice to spend your hard-earned money, and go see a decent local band at the Dubliner in Tustin (GREAT food, beer, booze, service and management), or a touring band the Grove of Anaheim (similarly spectacular food, booze, and service) or even head up to Club Nokia in L.A. for a real and well-managed intimate concert venue (again, GREAT service, booze and food and sound).
Folgner needs to fold this hand and concentrate on only the Coach House....which, one might expect or assume has or may be headed in a similar direction since the re-opening of the Galaxy??!!
Somehow, the talent, ability, passion, concentration, and / or the fortitude to effectively manage 2 venues at once is missing. Did I mention: The Galaxy SUX. Hey, great stage though...but lose the poles.

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★☆☆☆☆

The Galaxy SUX
The Galaxy SUX

Advice first....review second....
If you really must attend a show at the Galaxy....first, eat dinner elsewhere. Also, make sure to have a few drinks before your arrival. Plan on arriving late (after the horribly pathetic excuses for openers the Galaxy dredges from the bowels of rock-n-roll). Arrive already well-fed and well-drank. Go directly to the "dance-floor" and get as close as possible to your favorite band....and don't order or pay for a single item (food or beverage). Just enjoy the show, and hope for decent sound.
Now...on to the review:
It used to be that Mr. Folgner had a clue how to run an intimate and compelling show venue. Unfortunately, the newly re-opened Galaxy is none of that...and WORSE.
One would think revenue to be a driving force behind business decisions. How then does one explain an absolutely barren, almost non-existenet beer selection, priced northward of $5 per bottle....served WARM? It's bad enough there are no decent drinkable beers offered....but...served WARM?? Also, how might an even modestly managed bar "run out" of major brand liqour and then only offer up cheap well-brand garbage?
Bottom line...the drinks SUCK...the food SUX worse (you're better off at drive-thru fast food, than the shoe leather substitutes they serve up under the guise of steak or chicken)...the service is non-existent...over 40 minutes before one can even place a dinner order)...the sound is painfully pathetic (FOH and monitor engineers must come from the same school of thought as other Galaxy staff)....the seating is worse than a multi-purpose room at an elementary school (if Folgner paid over $3 per chair, he was robbed)....the staff is arrogant and apathetic (and did I mention SLLOOOWW)...the management could absolutely care less....
Need I continue??
Skip this place in favor of a venue and staff that appreciate your choice to spend your hard-earned money, and go see a decent local band at the Dubliner in Tustin (GREAT food, beer, booze, service and management), or a touring band the Grove of Anaheim (similarly spectacular food, booze, and service) or even head up to Club Nokia in L.A. for a real and well-managed intimate concert venue (again, GREAT service, booze and food and sound).
Folgner needs to fold this hand and concentrate on only the Coach House....which, one might expect or assume has or may be headed in a similar direction since the re-opening of the Galaxy??!!
Somehow, the talent, ability, passion, concentration, and / or the fortitude to effectively manage 2 venues at once is missing. Did I mention: The Galaxy SUX. Hey, great stage though...but lose the poles.

Pros: Nice stage. Intimate venue. Up close to your favorite Artist

Cons: Everything else. Drinks & food SUX. Service is WORSE.

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DO go to the Galaxy for the performances - the stage is pretty nice.

- DO NOT go to the Galaxy for dinner.
- Do NOT go to the Galaxy for drinks.
- Do NOT go to the Galaxy for service.

Food is bad, drinks are lousy, very limited selection, horrible service, very restrictive rules. Not customer friendly.

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★☆☆☆☆

DO go to the Galaxy for the performances - the stage is pretty nice.

- DO NOT go to the Galaxy for dinner.
- Do NOT go to the Galaxy for drinks.
- Do NOT go to the Galaxy for service.

Food is bad, drinks are lousy, very limited selection, horrible service, very restrictive rules. Not customer friendly.

Pros: Nice stage

Cons: lousy food, drinks, service, staff, seating

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We went to the Galaxy theater to see Good Charlotte. It was the best concert ever. We rented out a VIP booth and were able to meet most of the bands in the lobby. The guys from Pink Spiders and Young Love even signed my daughter's cast for her.

5
★★★★★

We went to the Galaxy theater to see Good Charlotte. It was the best concert ever. We rented out a VIP booth and were able to meet most of the bands in the lobby. The guys from Pink Spiders and Young Love even signed my daughter's cast for her.

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I went to Galaxy Theater to see OneRepublic during their days of being a relatively underground band. Since the theater was small and intimate, I was able to watch the band front and center, touching the stage. It was an unforgettable experience seeing my favorite band that close up.

This theater offers great shows of local bands at very affordable prices. With the small size of the location, you are able to see the stage from any place you sit at. They also offer food and drink to complete the concert going experience. So if you're looking at a cheap and good show, the Galaxy Theater is a great option.

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★★★★☆

I went to Galaxy Theater to see OneRepublic during their days of being a relatively underground band. Since the theater was small and intimate, I was able to watch the band front and center, touching the stage. It was an unforgettable experience seeing my favorite band that close up.

This theater offers great shows of local bands at very affordable prices. With the small size of the location, you are able to see the stage from any place you sit at. They also offer food and drink to complete the concert going experience. So if you're looking at a cheap and good show, the Galaxy Theater is a great option.

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The one time I have been to the Galaxy theatre we went to see a friend's brother's band open for Ultra Jones and Dead Man's Party. The theatre itself reminds me of some of those old venues I used to frequent up in Los Angeles. There's supposed to be a 2 drink minimum, but no one enforced it (which we weren't complaining about since drinks are on the high price side). There are tables and booths throughout the theatre and you can see the stage from everywhere. The acoustics are alright for a rock show.

PROS: tables/booths, can see the stage from everywhere
CONS: expensive drinks

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★★★☆☆

The one time I have been to the Galaxy theatre we went to see a friend's brother's band open for Ultra Jones and Dead Man's Party. The theatre itself reminds me of some of those old venues I used to frequent up in Los Angeles. There's supposed to be a 2 drink minimum, but no one enforced it (which we weren't complaining about since drinks are on the high price side). There are tables and booths throughout the theatre and you can see the stage from everywhere. The acoustics are alright for a rock show.

PROS: tables/booths, can see the stage from everywhere
CONS: expensive drinks

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Unlike it's sister venue, the Coach House in San Clemente. the Galaxy is a good place to see a band, with solid acoustics and reasonable prices. Beware of the bouncers, though.

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Unlike it's sister venue, the Coach House in San Clemente. the Galaxy is a good place to see a band, with solid acoustics and reasonable prices. Beware of the bouncers, though.

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