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One of the toughest clubs to get into in Los Angeles is changing locations again and permanently setting up shop on La Cienega Blvd, just south of Santa Monica Blvd. With its signature sparse décor, mirrored walls, black leather banquettes and disco balls, the new Smoke & Mirrors is expected to open around Halloween.
Just two months ago, Smoke & Mirrors left its original home in just off the lobby at the Standard Hotel on the Sunset Strip and was temporarily placed in an upstairs annex of Cinespace in Hollywood, but will reportedly close in the next week or two. Now on the move again, Smoke & Mirrors is scheduled to open in its new location on La Cienega Blvd. in a few months.
Co-owned by Paul Sevigny (brother of actress Chloe Sevigny) and actor Armin Amiri (The Wrestler), Smoke & Mirrors is known for its throwback-heavy music and anti-bottle service with a reputation for being one of the most challenging clubs to get into in Los Angeles.
Having already clearly conquered Los Angeles, Sevigny and Amiri have admitted they may plan to open a second Smoke & Mirrors in New York City, perhaps as soon as by the end of the year, near Spring St. and Seventh Avenue, just went of SoHo.
In addition, the successful duo expect to take their club concept to Berlin, Germany, perhaps in the next year or two.
“I’ve visited a couple of times recently, and we want to be a part of that movement,” said Amiri of Berlin.
Smoke & Mirrors is known for attracting celebrity clientele and some reports indicate that if you don’t get there before 10 p.m., it pretty much takes knowing the owners to get in. Past visitors have included Harvey Weinstein, Zoe Saldana, Mickey Rourke, Kirsten Dunst, Sean Penn, Rose McGowan, writer-director Terry George and Lana Del Rey.