Los Angeles offers corporate cool for MICE venues
As the epicentre of America’s thriving film and television industry, and a glamorous playground for the rich and famous, LA can’t help but dish up stylish events. Discover Los Angeles shares the top 12 venues for MICE.
The Ronald Reagan Presidential Library is one of the few locations in the world where you can board an Air Force One-designated aircraft. And this one has hosted seven US presidents. Up to 1600 people can gather in The Pavilion for an impressive cocktail-style reception, or it can accommodate 1400 seated guests. And it’s not just the retired presidential plane that guests can experience – there’s also the Marine One-designated helicopter that flew President Johnson, and a replica of the Irish pub from Ballyporeen that President Reagan visited in 1984.
Located in Downtown LA, the South Park Center is a sleek skyscraper with plenty of event space ideally suited for corporate meetings. The 32nd floor is a panoramic penthouse suite with jaw-dropping views of the city. The Concourse Level features a fully equipped 500-seat theatre for corporate events, dinners and meetings. Food is by Patina Catering, created by James Beard Award-winning chef Joachim Splichal and known for feeding the well-heeled guests of the Emmy Awards Governor’s Ball.
There’s no doubt that an event on a real battleship will go off with a bang. Battleship Iowa is the West Coast’s only battleship museum, and it’s also known locally as the ‘Battleship of Presidents’. Iowa can accommodate up to 1500 people for a standing reception and 800 for a seated banquet with a difference. There are eight venue options, including the flight deck with its glamorous front-and-centre view of the battleship’s 16-inch (406-millimetre) guns. Nothing is
too much to ask when your event is on a battleship. Fireworks? Parachuting performers? Presidential impersonators? No problem.
Tucked in the centre of LA LIVE and a stone’s throw away from the STAPLES Center, The Novo by Microsoft is one of the most versatile event spaces in the city. The 5481-square-metre space can accommodate up to 2300 people and can be transformed into everything from a concert venue to a sit-down dinner venue fitted with private cabanas. Food is by Wolfgang Puck and VIP packages include anything you need on the LA LIVE campus, including tickets to a show, catering, bottle service and hotel accommodation.
Malibu Family Wines in the Santa Monica Mountains offers a range of spectacular settings for events. Within the group’s Saddlerock Ranch, sprawled across 404 hectares, is Chateau Le Dome, an octagonal stone house set on a manicured lawn; The Garden, featuring rolling hills lined with vineyards, ancient oak trees, rose gardens and exotic animal encounters; and Oak Grove, which fits 450 guests in an unforgettable setting with a rock waterfall, estate-grown wines and picture-perfect lake.
The city’s first Catholic Archdiocese cathedral, Vibiana, is a stunning venue located in the middle of historic Downtown Los Angeles, now owned and operated by LA restaurateurs Neal Fraser, Amy Knoll Fraser and their partners. Standing capacity is 789 and seated receptions can accommodate 550. Food and beverage is included and comes courtesy of chef Neal Fraser, who also recently opened the acclaimed Redbird restaurant next door. The venue is a full-service event facility with lighting and sound systems and an extensive dining and libations programme.
This hotel is renowned for its sophisticated events with maximum wow factor. From the unforgettable romantic garden and grand ballroom to the rooftop terrace and impossibly chic penthouse suite, the event spaces at this hotel in the heart of Los Angeles are nothing short of sensational. State-of-the-art AV equipment, onsite technical support and full-service meetings and event coordination by expert planners ensure that everything goes off without a hitch, and if entertainment is the name of the game, the Screening Room has 110 plush seats, Dolby surround sound and 3D film capabilities. There’s even private talent access for that special celebrity appearance.
Built in Scotland, the Queen Mary is a glamorous retired ocean liner that regularly crossed the North Atlantic Ocean for three decades in the early half of the 20th century. Today she’s permanently docked in Long Beach and features 18 hectares of indoor and outdoor spaces that can accommodate up to 700 guests. There are 14 different venues, including the stylish Grand Salon with its high ceiling, Art Deco decor and 836 square metres of space. Located adjacent to the ship, the Queen Mary Events Park includes turf, trees and facilities and is the ideal location for outdoor festivals, concerts, screenings, parties and more.
Boasting some of LA’s most unique venues, world-famous Universal Studios Hollywood can accommodate events from 100 to 20,000 guests. There are a myriad of event options, including a buyout of the entire theme park or elegant dinner parties catered by Wolfgang Puck Catering Group. Universal Plaza is an ideal event location, with a lovely outdoor setting complete with water effects and fancy lighting. Located just steps away from the stunning Globe Theatre, the festive Streets of the World transports guests to Europe, from enjoying pints of ale served in an authentic Irish Pub to strolling down a quaint London street and dancing in a romantic Parisian courtyard. For a true only-in-LA event, opt for one of the park’s famed Show Pavilions, such as the Special Effects Stage, WaterWorld Arena and the Animal Actors Pavilion.
You can’t get more Hollywood or quintessentially Los Angeles than hosting an event at Warner Bros. Studios. The back lot accommodates everything from weddings to corporate events, charity fundraisers and awards shows. You can keep it simple with a VIP tour complete with lunch, or host a full-on soirée with red carpet and elaborate outdoor lightning. After all, this is where Hollywood magic happens.
Built in 1931 as a vaudeville theatre, The Wiltern is now a classic events venue on the western edge of Koreatown. With a capacity of 1875 people, The Wiltern is a popular venue for local and touring music acts and stand-up comedians. The Loge and Mezzanine are entirely seated while the main floor is standing room or seated, depending on event producers. The theatre can also be used to accommodate corporate meetings and receptions. Banquet services are available, with catering and beverages by DLS Events. Designed by architect Stiles O. Clements (who also designed the Mayan and El Capitan theatres), The Wiltern and the adjacent 12-storey Pellissier Building are considered among the finest examples of Art Deco architecture in the country. The Wiltern’s interior was designed by G. Albert Lansburgh, who also designed the Shrine Auditorium.
OUE Skyspace LA is California’s tallest open-air observation deck and boasts stunning panoramic, 360-degree views of Los Angeles. Perched close to 300 metres above Downtown LA, guests will experience amazing views of the city, from the San Gabriel Mountains to the Pacific Ocean. As the tallest building on the West Coast, OUE Skyspace LA’s 70th floor can be transformed to host an array of custom events: corporate meetings, networking events, weddings, photo shoots, and more.