The second blog in our event space series, check out our favorite places in NYC here!
Like real estate, event marketing is location, location, location. Sure, with the right team of creative strategists and designers, you can turn a parking lot into a carnival or a trade show booth into a donut creation station, but the space sets the tone for your entire experience. With literally hundreds of event space options across the entertainment capital of the world, Los Angeles is a hub for brand activations -- especially if a stuffy, windowless hotel ballroom isn't what you're looking for. Instead, take advantage of the history, the geography, and the damn near perfect weather throughout the numerous neighborhoods that make up the city of angels.
Whether your next brand activation is a concert, a VIP dinner, a private experience, or a public stunt, here are some of our favorite LA event spaces for your next brand experience:
1. The York Manor
Photo courtesy: The York Manor
The York Manor is a 6,000-square-foot building on a 10,000-square-foot landscaped lot. It was constructed in 1913 (architects: Train & Williams) and is now an historical landmark, which served as a church as recently as 2014, before its top-to-bottom renovation. Hosting an event at The York Manor is a completely DIY experience, ideal for event marketers that want to completely takeover a space and immerse attendees in their brand
For some, that means fine dining in the main hall. For others, it might be a festive occasion outdoors with food trucks and taco carts. The backyard outdoor features a cluster of sail-like canopies, a dramatic touch for outdoor dining or a cocktail party between the ceremony and reception inside. The facility’s basement party space has an underground cabaret vibe that enables it to serve as an after-party, cocktails, performance or dance venue.
2. Casa Vertigo
Photo courtesy: Casa Vertigo
This space boasts over 86,000 total square feet and three floors of truly dynamic event spaces, including a 13,000 square foot rooftop featuring panoramic views of downtown, the possibilities to conceptualize are endless. The landmark historic building features a multitude of event spaces that together act as a blank canvas suitable for red carpet premieres, concerts, private events, filming, editorial shoots, and just about anything else one could dream of.
Conveniently located in Downtown Los Angeles, Casa Vertigo is just two miles from LA Live, the LA Convention Center, the Staples Center, and the Microsoft Theater and a short drive to the Fashion, Jewelry, and Arts Districts.
3. Greek Theater
Photo courtesy: LA Times
You know a space is legendary when it has a movie about it! (2010's Get Him to The Greek for those out of the loop...). Designed to look as if it came from ancient Greece, the 5,900-seat amphitheater has changed since its debut season in 1931, but it has retained much of its personality. In the early years, performers stood in the sunlight, with large Greek-style columns on the sides of the stage.
Now nearly a century into its existence, the Greek Theater remains one of the favorite venues of Los Angelenos. While the type of events it can host is limited to those such as concerts, screenings, and award ceremonies, it offers a one-of-a-kind experience for all in attendance.
Photo courtesy: Hollywood Glam Magazine
The New York Times bills the Palazzo Beverly Hills as “one of the best houses in Beverly Hills with the best views,” and once you’ve seen this stunning mansion for yourself, it’s easy to see why. This private, gated celebrity estate sits on four acres in the most prestigious area of Beverly Hills, just minutes away from Wilshire Boulevard and Rodeo Drive.
It features ten bedrooms, nine bathrooms, a media room with a pool table, a chef’s gourmet kitchen, a luxurious heated swimming pool and spa, panoramic mountain views and an electronic glass domed roof that opens so that guests can see the stars above them at night. If you have the budget, this venue can definitely cater to your event, whether a large scale celebrity gathering or an intimate dinner.
Photo courtesy: LACMA
The Los Angeles County Museum of Art provides a unique and elegant setting for events, offering guests an exclusive opportunity for private viewing of the museum's galleries. As one of the foremost art museums in the nation, LACMA welcomes over 1.6 million visitors annually and houses a permanent collection of more than 130,000 works. The museum presents special exhibitions throughout the year that showcase some of the world’s greatest art—from the work of a single artist to a celebrated period.
A brand event can be transformed into an exclusive, private affair throughout the LACMA campus. The onsite restaurant includes a backdrop of artist Renzo Piano’s design and architecture perfectly seals the experience as a high design and memorable space with California fresh cuisine, seasonal cocktails, and a California-centric wine list.
6. Shrine Auditorium and Expo Hall
Photo courtesy: Shrine Auditorium
Built in 1926, the Shrine Auditorium is the perfect balance of old school architecture and design with modern technology and functionality. Designed in the Moorish Revival Style of the 1920s, the building itself is a work of art, complementing the performances and events.
The Shrine Expo Hall is one of the most versatile venues in Los Angeles. Directly adjacent to the auditorium, the multi-use facility has 54,000 square feet of space split between 2 floors. The Expo Hall is also directly connected with our large parking lot, providing additional event space, easy load-ins, and more for your event.
7. Carondelet House
Photo courtesy: Carondelet House
This brick-inlaid Italian villa was built for the most fabulous of bellissima festas. Warm hardwood floors, high-beamed ceilings, a beautiful fireplace and cool courtyards make this Italian bauble a gem in the glittering sea of Los Angeles event venues.
One of the most unique venues in Los Angeles, the Carondelet House was constructed in 1928 as an Italian Villa. The venue today still showcases its history thanks to fantastic natural light, hardwood floors, high beamed ceilings, brick walls, two exterior courtyards, and expansive rooms.
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