Why We Like This Place
The cultural lifeblood of Los Angeles flows through a seven-acre performing arts complex in downtown that’s been presenting outstanding opera, symphony, and live theater for decades. Built in the 1960s through cooperation between county officials and private donors, the Music Center represents all that’s great about L.A.—a strong sense of community, legendary glamour, and un-paralleled entertainment. Now you can join the likes of the Joffrey Ballet and the Los Angeles Opera as part of this cultural ex-travaganza, and showcase your special event in one of the Music Center’s scintillating locales.
The Center’s three splendid theaters, the Mark Taper Forum, the Ahmanson, and the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, share a sprawling plaza that rises above street level like an urban plateau. Whether it’s used alone or in conjunction with one of the Pavilion’s classy rooms, the Plaza is a versatile outdoor setting dotted with trees and artistic statuary. The abstract stone sculpture “Peace on Earth,” with its romantic dove motif, is poised above a world-famous water court that captivates tourists and locals alike with elaborate aquatic displays. Enclose part of the Plaza for your private use, or fill the entire courtyard with 3,000 of your closest friends. En-hanced with theatrical lighting and specialty décor, sunset wedding ceremonies and nighttime galas take on a mood of enchant-ment.
Indoor celebrations begin in the Dorothy Chandler’s magnificent lobby. The ambiance is rich and radiant, with shiny marble floors, a gilded dome, and pillars of gold Byzantine tiles. The highlight is the stupendous Grand Staircase, decked in marble and flanked by twin reflecting pools where bronzes of dancers seem like graceful ladies-in-waiting. Brides find this opportunity for a dramatic entrance simply irresistible; twin carpeted staircases meet halfway down at a broad landing where the couple says their vows. The cocktail hour can be held on the Pavilion’s terrace, out in the Plaza, or upstairs in the Oval Bar. This stylish space has dark wood paneling that offsets exotic museum-quality art. The most formal and refined of receptions is at home in the stunning Grand Hall, where guests dine in the dazzling gleam of Bavarian crystal chandeliers. Lofty ceilings are speckled with iridescent mosaics, and the Pavilion’s clear glass façade lets in the sparkling beauty of the Plaza below.
Yet another option is the Fifth Floor, a tastefully appointed ballroom with floor-to-ceiling windows showcasing the cityscape be-low. Seating up to 400 for a lavish reception, the Fifth Floor also easily divides into three sections (each with its own entrance) for each phase of an intimate celebration. First, let the view be the backdrop to your ceremony, enhanced with silk canopies, potted saplings along the aisle, or whatever accoutrements you fancy. After the first kiss, champagne flows freely in the center section, where portable bars and lounge seating encourage everyone to unwind. Finally, guests dine and dance in the remainder of the Fifth Floor, illuminated by chandeliers fashioned of ivory prisms. Plush gold draperies frame the tall windows overlooking the wa-ter court, lit up at night with spotlights.
Back on street level, the European-influenced Kendall’s Brasserie makes rehearsal dinners a breeze in one of their eclectic private dining rooms.
All of the Music Center’s luxurious amenities are available exclusively through Patina Catering. These professionals will orchestrate your event with the same expertise that’s made them the favorite vendor of blockbuster film premieres, the Gover-nor’s Ball, and the L.A. Opera. Patina’s attention to detail, personal touches and stylish flair are a perfect match for the Music Center’s opulent event spaces.
Max. Seated Indoors: 1800
Max. Seated Outdoors: 1800
Max. Seated Indoors: 800
Max. Seated Outdoors: 1400
Max. Standing Indoors: 1800
Max. Standing Outdoors: 3000
|Max. Seated: 800|
CEREMONY CAPACITY: Indoor and outdoor spaces seat 50–1,800 guests.
EVENT/RECEPTION CAPACITY: Indoors, the Center holds 160–800 seated guests. The Plaza holds up to 1,400 seated or 3,000 standing guests.
MEETING CAPACITY: The Fifth Floor holds 400 seated. The Grand Hall with balcony holds 800 seated guests.
Fees & Deposits
50% of the estimated event total is required to reserve your date. The balance is due 1 week prior to the event. Rental fees range $500–2,000 depending on the space selected. Meals range $35–200/person. Tax, alcohol, labor and an 18% serv-ice charge are additional.
Please note that Music Center security and ushers are required, fees are determined based on event duration and spaces rented. Events extending past midnight will incur housekeeping charges. Union fees applicable for events with special décor and enter-tainment. Usher and union fees are applicable to all spaces except the Fifth Floor.
Year-round, daily including holidays, anytime.
Special Events, Parties
Catering: provided by Patina Catering
Wheelchair AccessWheelchair Accessible
Banquet Hall/Events Facility
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