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The Hottest Large Event Venues in Los Angeles

In the second most populated city in The U.S., large venues are not in short supply. Regardless of the style, size, and type of event you’re planning, in Los Angeles there’s quite literally a location for every occasion. If you find yourself frantically googling “large event venues Los Angeles” you have come to the right place. We’ve rounded up swanky nightclubs, exposed brick historical gems, beachy boutique hotels, Hollywood studios, and just about everything in between to bring you the best of El Lay’s largest. 

Incredible Large Venues in Los Angeles 

Los Angeles is also dubbed “the thirty mile zone.” As a city it’s very spread out, sometimes described as a bunch of suburbs with their own distinct identity glued together. Angelinos are well-versed in the city’s traffic realities and have learned to (mostly) live with it. What looks like a hop, skip, and a jump on Google Maps can end up being a two hour headache. For event planners from out-of-state, all the following venues are unique and exceptional in their own way, but be hyper-aware of geography and timing when deciding on your ideal spot. In any case, if you are planning an event in LA, here are our top 25 picks from sun soaked beaches to the industrial downtown (DTLA).

1. City Market Social House

Neighborhood: DTLA
Capacity:
5,000

City Market Social House – built by event professionals, for event professionals – is a warehouse style facility with a vintage twist. Open air flow and a 9,000 square foot pavilion has made this spot particularly pandemic-friendly. However, with (crosses fingers) the worst behind us, now is the time to take advantage of their extended capabilities which can accommodate conferences of up to 5,000 people (1,000 being the usual limit). One detail that isn’t talked about enough when it comes to venues? Bathrooms! Not to worry, there’s 17 here.  

City Market Social House Los Angeles large venue open pavilion
City Market Social House

2. Candela La Brea

Neighborhood: Miracle Mile
Capacity: 1,300

Originally dubbed “the Mexican Night Club” on La Brea, Candela La Brea is no longer limited to that sobriquet. This versatile, sophisticated venue with an Art Deco edge can accommodate up to 1,300 of your closest friends spread out over its 16,000 square feet. The in-house catering serves up delicious and authentic Mexican food for any and all events, from corporate holiday parties to next-level celebrations. 

Candela La brea Los Angeles large venue main room
Candela La Brea

3. The Langham Huntington Hotel

Neighborhood: Pasadena
Capacity: 1,000

With 50,000 square feet of event space, up to 1,000 people in the ballroom, and 21 event venues, your event aspirations can be as grand as The Langham Huntington Hotel itself. This 5-star spot has indoor/outdoor options which live up to its high standards, and their experienced events team are on-hand to ensure a smooth process from start to finish. 

The Langham Huntington Hotel large venue ballroom
The Langham Huntington Hotel

4. California Science Center

Neighborhood: Exposition Park
Capacity: 4,000

The California Science Center is sort of like New York’s Natural History Museum meets DC’s Air and Space Museum. While they can create more intimate settings for a smaller crowd, you can ultimately hold up to 4,000 guests at this fantastically unique location. Dinner under the wings of the space shuttle Endeavor? Check. Hors d'oeuvres by a 188,000 gallon aquarium? As one does. 

California science center large venue area with space shuttle installation
California Science Center

5. Cooper Design Space

Neighborhood: DTLA
Capacity: 1,000 +

DTLA’s rich cultural and architectural history is well-represented at the Cooper Design Space. The Cooper Building was originally built in the 1920s for clothing manufacturer Milton G. Cooper Company, and while it has gone through different incarnations over the past century the connection to the garment industry remains strong. Nowadays the 22,000 square feet of loft space–complete with 22 foot central atrium–is a blank slate for any large event. Elsewhere in the building you can find more than 500 fashion brands and individuals represented with showrooms, studios, creative offices, and more. 

Cooper Design Space Los Angeles Large venue studio space
Cooper Design Space

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6. Vibiana

Neighborhood: DTLA
Capacity: 700 +

Space is a non-issue at Vibiana. This cathedral turned event venue was first built in 1876 by Ezra F. Kysor, one of LA’s first practicing architects. 18,000 square feet in the main hall and 15,000 feet of outdoor courtyard can accommodate a crowd of over 700, whether it’s a blowout wedding, a fashion show, or a corporate event.

Now owned by restaurateurs Neil Fraser and Amy Knoll Fraser, their flagship restaurant Redbird, with a mouthwatering menu, is in the rectory next to the main hall. Vibiana has hosted some really cool events. This June you can buy a ticket for REVIVE, a “Soaring 20s, Circus-infused Immersive Dinner Experience.” The exact Google translation of what that means remains slightly ambiguous, but sign us up!

Vibiana venue with large ceilings and columns
Vibiana

7. Hollywood Citizen News

Neighborhood: Hollywood
Capacity: 750

One block over from Sunset Boulevard and you can find the very sleek Citizen News. 10,000 square feet of flexible event space including a private boardroom and dining room can be utilized for any corporate or personal event. The 20 foot ceilings add a sense of gravitas and Chef Evan Funke serves up a Roman-inspired palette with themes of “shepherds, popes, farmers, and artisans.”

Citizen News event space
Citizen News

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8. The Maybourne Beverly Hills 

Neighborhood: Beverly Hills
Capacity: 500

The Maybourne Beverly Hills caters to events of any size, but you can guarantee it will look and feel upscale…its sister hotel is Claridge’s, the legendary London establishment. That posh sensibility has translated to both sides of the pond, as evidenced by the hotel’s choice venue offerings. The largest is by far the 4,800 square feet Marquesa ballroom where up to 500 people can enjoy opera balconies and chandeliers for a low-key Saturday night. 

The Maybourne Beverly Hills large venue ballroom space
The Maybourne Beverly Hills

9. Poppy

Neighborhood: West Hollywood
Capacity: 500

West Hollywood's Poppy aptly describes itself as a fantasy where nightclub meets high-fashion playground. Its aim to transport guests into a whimsical storybook world is achieved, and then some. Floor-to-ceiling bookshelves with vintage globes, nature inspired decor, and booths upholstered in silk fabrics add to the fanciful aesthetic, and while a menagerie of taxidermied animals may understandably not be your cup of tea it does add to the eccentricity of the place. If you’re looking for something different, this might just be the place. 

Poppy Los Angeles nature inspired large venue
Poppy

10. The West Hollywood EDITION

Neighborhood: West Hollywood
Capacity:
Contact for more info

The West Hollywood EDITION is a well-oiled venue machine. Six spaces to choose from, state-of-the-art A/V equipment, and even executive car services mean this is a go-to for local companies for a reason. While West Hollywood is a bustling area there’s a sense of peace and calm here to keep the focus.

The West Hollywood EDITION
The West Hollywood EDITION

11. L.A. LIVE

Neighborhood: DTLA
Capacity: Contact for more info

The most accurate way to describe L.A. LIVE is massive. The fact that the Crypto.com Arena (né Staples Center) is just one of the available venues gives you an idea. The Grammy Museum, Microsoft Theater, Event Deck, JW Marriott Ballrooms…. The world’s your oyster. Dream big. 

L.A. Live JW Mariott Ballroom large venue
L.A. Live

12. Shutters on the Beach

Neighborhood: Santa Monica
Capacity: Contact for more info

Attending an event at the iconic Shutters on the Beach is a quintessential beach experience. Sometimes called “Hollywood’s Beach House,” this luxury hotel is a celebrity favorite but still retains that laidback California cool atmosphere. There are multiple spaces within the hotel to choose from depending on the event, but you can’t really go wrong—the sunset views over the Pacific don’t get better than this. 

Shutters on the beach light-filled restaurant
Shutters on the Beach

13. Warners Bros. Special Events

Neighborhood: Burbank
Capacity: Contact for more info

If you’re going to do an event in the world’s entertainment capitol you might as well lean into it. Enter: Warner Bros. Special Events. This is essentially a city unto itself and it doesn’t get more impressive or large-scale. There are myriad venues to choose from, but here’s a taste: Head to their 6,3000 square foot Brownstone Street, originally built in the 1930s. You may recognize this set from a little show called Friends.

Alternatively, go to the 13,000 square foot Hennesy Street which was redesigned in 1984 for the film Annie. Spiderman, Rent, Sex and the City, and many, many more have filmed here. Still sound too small? Midwest Street is 33,000 square feet and has hosted Hollywood weddings, large corporate fundraisers, and major corporate events. Rebel Without a Cause and Bonnie and Clyde are two of the classics filmed here, and if you’re a millennial you’ll be thrilled to know that this street doubled as Stars Hollow in Gilmore Girls. In short, having an event on the Warner Bros. lot is about as drop-the-mic-Hollywood as it gets.

Warner Bros. Special Events Los Angeles
Warner Bros. Special Events

14. The Sunset Room Hollywood

Neighborhood: Hollywood
Capacity: 750

The Sunset Room Hollywood is a well-appointed event space in the heart of Hollywood that offers a contemporary, sophisticated atmosphere. Its 8,000 square feet include a fully equipped kitchen, programmable LED wall, DJ equipment and booth, three full service bars, and stage make it an understandable go-to spot for premiere parties, corporate events, weddings, and more. This classy venue can host up to 350 seated or 750 standing.

Sunset Room Hollywood large venue
Sunset Room Hollywood

15. Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills 

Neighborhood: Beverly Hills
Capacity: 300

Bring on the bougie factor! The Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills remains a luxe standard not just for hotels but the event venues within. The Beverly Hills location offers 5,600 square feet of meeting and event space, including the sumptuous Astor Ballroom which can seat up to 300. The rooftop offers a relaxed (but still high-end) alfresco experience with panoramic skyline views. While the hotel has timeless appeal, its technology infrastructure is cutting edge, so any event you hold will be in good A/V hands. 

Waldorf Astoria ballroom Los Angeles large venue
Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills

16. Hudson Loft

Neighborhood: DTLA
Capacity: Contact for more info

Like many of the aforementioned buildings downtown, Hudson Loft has an historical edge. The building was originally a Hudson car dealership in the 1930s. Instead of Ford Deluxe Roadsters you’ll now find no less than 15 loft spaces to choose from and Hudson Loft’s location in the South Park District of DTLA means that LA Live is a quick stroll away. 

Hudson loft Los Angeles mezzanine large venue space
Hudson Loft

17. The East Angel

Neighborhood: DTLA
Capacity: 350

Back in the industrial Arts District of DTLA, The East Angel showcases 10,500 square feet of appealing minimalism and clean lines. There’s a main floor space, outdoor space, foyer, bar, lounge, and bridal suite. 250 seated/350 standing can enjoy urban landscaping and a modern feel, making this a popular space rental for corporate events, weddings, product launches, activations, art shows, and more.

The East Angel

18. Smashbox Studios

Neighborhood: Culver City
Capacity: Contact for more info

Smashbox Studios has been a well-respected establishment within the entertainment industry since 1991 as a go-to location for illustrious photographers, directors, music projects, and more. The Studios are the brainchild of Dean and Davis Factor, great grandsons of visionary cosmetic titan Max Factor–you can thank him for Lucille Ball’s false eyelashes and Jean Harlow’s platinum hair, among many other iconic film and television looks. (His eponymous company cemented his legacy. ) Whether you’re planning a red carpet gala or a private event, the various spaces you can choose from offer loft-style event space for versatile use. 

Smashbox Studios Los Angeles large studio venue
Smashbox Studios

19. The Fig House

Neighborhood: Highland Park
Capacity: 450

The Fig House is a 15,000 square foot indoor/outdoor venue situated between downtown LA and Pasadena. The colorful art deco design (not to mention Farrow & Ball wallpaper) brings an upbeat and artistic feel to any event for up to 450 standing guests. The Fig House features various artists’ work as well: currently on display are pieces by contemporary abstract expressionist painter Amira D. Rahim, who is lauded for her use of bold color, vigorous brushstrokes, and whimsical composition. 

The Fig House Los Angeles colorful art large venue design
The Fig House

20. The Alexandria Ballrooms

Neighborhood: DTLA
Capacity: Contact for more info

In the heart of historic DTLA you’ll find The Alexandria Ballrooms in The Alexandria Hotel, a location that has been part of the zeitgeist for over a century. Since its 1906 debut it’s been a continuous favorite of Hollywood darlings, royalty, presidents, and other “Who Would You Most Want to Have Dinner With?” personalities.

Charlie Chaplin had one of his (four) weddings here; Ronald Reagan hosted a fundraiser in the 1970s for his gubernatorial campaign. William Howard Taft, Woodrow Wilson, and Theodore Roosevelt stayed here, not to mention Winston Churchill and King Edward VIII (we think pre-Wallis Simpson). There are three ballrooms: The King Edward, The Palm Court, and the Mezz (by far the largest which can host up to 800 standing guests). While all three have their own aesthetics and atmosphere, a sense of Old Hollywood glamor acts as a fitting common denominator.

the palm court ball room with stained glass skylight
The Alexandria Ballrooms

21. LA River Studios

Neighborhood: Glassell Park
Capacity: 250

LA River Studios is the perfect spot for your next corporate event. The 15,000 square foot creative warehouse sits along the Los Angeles River Arts Corridor and features a customizable floor plan. Ideal for panel discussions, breakout meetings, corporate parties, and more.

LA River studios large warehouse venue
LA River Studios

22. Carondelet House

Neighborhood: DTLA
Capacity: 220

The Carondelet House simply looks and feels special. This Italian-inspired 1920s brick building proudly combines vintage textures with urban flair. While its location in the heart of LA is undeniably appealing, you still feel like you’ve stumbled through a time portal to Brooklyn of yesteryear. Understandably a wedding venue favorite with its romantic atmosphere and two outdoor courtyards, 150 (seated) to 220 (cocktail party) can enjoy the 7,600 square feet of event space. Plus, who doesn’t love a grand piano. 

Carondelet House Los Angeles large outdoor courtyard
Carondelet House

23. SmogShoppe

Neighborhood: Culver City
Capacity: 250

SmogShoppe may have started as a 1980s smog-check center, but despite its not-so-eco-friendly genesis, it’s ironically now acknowledged as one of the most sustainable venues in LA. All 6,500 indoor/outdoor square feet are 100 % solar powered, and their stormwater and groundwater system filters rainwater for cleaning and watering the plants. Up to 250 people (150 for more formal sit-downs) are sure to enjoy the chic vintage furnishings, desert plants, and vertical gardens.

SmogShoppe Los Angeles outdoor covered large venue
SmogShoppe

24. The Penthouse on Venice Beach

Neighborhood: Venice Beach
Capacity: 100 +

Speaking of fabulous sandy locations, The Penthouse on Venice Beach is another SoCal locale worth booking. 5,500 square feet of Ocean Deck, Bay Deck, Inside/Outside Lounge, Private Suite/Green Room offer panoramic city views all the way to DTLA, not to mention a sweeping view of Santa Monica Bay. 

The Penthouse Venice Beach large outdoor ocean deck
The Penthouse Venice Beach

Why Finding the Right Venue is so important

While your need for an especially large venue could be for any type of event, they often have a corporate angle. As always, taking your venue choice into consideration, think about the location (obvs), parking, capacity, services, and amenities. As always, get your bottom line budget and work backwards.  

What Types of Venues are Best for Large Scale Events 

Large scale events will more often than not be held in venues that have a variety of spaces within to choose from, like a hotel. Conference centers, industrial buildings, and museums are also large scale event friendly. 

The Factors to Consider When Choosing a Venue for Your Corporate Event 

While your need for an especially large venue could be for any type of event, they often have a corporate angle. As always, taking your venue choice into consideration, think about the location (obvs), parking, capacity, services, and amenities. As always, get your bottom line budget and work backwards.  

The Vendry Can Help You Find the Best Venues in Los Angeles 

Whether you’re organizing something for 50 people or 5,000, event planners know that regardless of size it’s all in the details. Taking on a large event in a large venue can feel daunting at first, but ​​The Vendry is here to help streamline that process and help you start sourcing the best venues for your event.

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