Why We Like This Place
In a city where people love to reinvent themselves, it’s a lways fun to see how buildings are reinvented, especially when they find a new identity as exciting as Marvimon, an ultra-cool, urban garden event location.
This freestanding venue on the outskirts of Chinatown was once a showroom for high-end Italian cars (how’s that for a stylish pedigree?!). It has since been transformed into an open, airy indoor/outdoor setting, hosting some of L.A.’s most intriguing musical performances, art openings, and romantic soirées for couples looking to unleash their inner artiste.
There’s a playfulness and sense of the unexpected here, from the exterior murals (painted by artist friends of the resident owners), to the juxtaposition of old iron gates at the entrance with modern sand-blasted glass walls in the chic foyer.
Once inside, the first thing that grabs your attention is a vertical garden climbing the wall opposite the entryway. Look slightly to the left and your eye is drawn past the indoor event area to the fantastic garden out back, visible through floor-to-ceiling, glass-paned roll-up garage doors.
Step beyond those garage doors and you find yourself in a seductive oasis…an explosion of greenery—banana trees, palms, ferns and aromatic jasmine shrubs—encircling a courtyard patio. And although this is an interior garden, it thrives beautifully thanks to a brilliant structural modification made during the building’s renovation: they removed half of the roof, opening the space up to the sky. The original steel beams were left intact as a nod to the site’s industrial roots, and an exposed brick wall, which runs the length of the garden, has seen its former window ledges turned into niches for flickering candles. The vertical garden concept, repeated here on a grand scale, rises 20 feet high at one spot and serves as the backdrop for exchanging vows, with two towering, oxidized metal supports creating a unique urban altar.
The long plank benches made from reclaimed wood that were arranged for your guest seating during the ceremony can now be re-arranged for cocktails or even dinner if you choose to dine beneath the stars. But why not invite your friends and family inside and leave those garage doors up to catch the night breezes? The indoor event space, decorated with an eclectic mix of vintage velvet sofas, mid-century modern pendant chandeliers and vibrant kilim rugs, can be configured any way you want, whether that’s long tables, cocktail seating or even integrating the open, modern kitchen—like live theater—into your celebration.
Marvimon’s flexibility, combined with their interest in your input and creativity, is part of what makes this place so special. Plus, there are lots of wonderfully quirky touches you won’t find elsewhere: chalkboard pantry covers where well-wishers are encouraged to scribble their heartfelt notes; a state-of-the-art audiovisual system that turns the indoor party area into a rocking dance floor (as well as a showcase for home movies); and a circular bridal room that converts architectural “found items” into edgy design.
This is truly a place where you can let your imagination run free, so brainstorm with the staff, talk to your photographer about incorporating those great Chinatown signs and pagodas into your wedding album, and revel in a day that will be remarkably out of the ordinary.
Max. Seated Indoors: 150
Max. Seated Outdoors: 150
Max. Seated Indoors: 150
Max. Seated Outdoors: 25
Max. Standing Indoors: 250
Max. Standing Outdoors: 250
|Max. Seated: 100|
Fees & Deposits
A $1,500–2,500 deposit is required to reserve your date and the balance is due 30 days prior to the event. Rental fees range $7,000–11,000 depending on the date, time of year and the guest count.
Year-round, daily, for 12-hour rental periods until 2am. Only one event per day.
Special Events, Parties
Wheelchair AccessWheelchair Accessible
Venue TypeBanquet Hall/Events Facility
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