Studio City Wedding Venue
12833 Ventura Boulevard
Studio City, California 91604
The fantastic renovation of the iconic Sportsmen’s Lodge Events Center, an artful blending of historic charm and updated flair, proves that the classics never go out of style.
This unique property, once a rustic playground for Hollywood’s most famous players, like John Wayne, Clark Gable, Bogey & Bacall and Tracy & Hepburn, was never your typical Tinseltown watering hole. Water, however, was definitely part of its appeal. Long before the movie industry even began, travelers making the journey on dirt roads through rural San Fernando Valley would stop at this oasis, catch their own trout in the spring-fed lake and have the chef cook it up for dinner. As the valley grew and the pace quickened along Ventura Boulevard, countless visitors continued to embrace this landmark where they’d often celebrate life’s memorable moments.
Devoted exclusively to special events now, the popular center is like a world unto itself. Spread out over eight acres, this enchanting retreat combines century-old trees, bucolic gardens, romantic bridges, outdoor patios and elegant interior venues with views of the legendary ponds and waterways. The sprawling Events Center building retains its familiar mid-century lodge architecture, but has been completely refreshed in sparkling white, from the large porte-cochère to the welcoming front lobby, outfitted with chic white leather seating and antique mirrored sconces.
There are two heavenly outdoor ceremony sites. The Waterfall Gazebo overlooks the south pond and provides a picture-perfect moment as the bride crosses a wrought-iron bridge to join her groom and exchange vows against a woodsy backdrop of towering eucalyptus, redwoods and Monterey pines. The expansive Garden Gazebo at the back of the property is a huge plaza, lushly landscaped on both sides. A center aisle runs between two rows of mature trees for a very dramatic entry by the bridal party. Both sites include ample room for post-ceremony toasting—especially the Garden Gazebo, where the bar faces a delightful scene of a blooming island in the nearby pond.
Options abound when it comes to reception areas. There are ten of them, ranging from a cozy fireplace room for an intimate affair to spectacular, flowing spaces, several of which can be combined. The Cascade-Starlight-Waterfalls combination is the most requested and it’s easy to see why. Floor-to-ceiling windows frame a soothing tableau of fountains, a footbridge arching over a rose garden and water cascading over natural stone and moss. (Nature’s white, cream and soft green tones are often repeated in the interiors.) The Starlight Ballroom adds a touch of pizzazz with a raised stage and a step-down dance floor encircled by an ornate iron railing.
If you dream of full-out glamour, then you’ll love the Empire-Regency Ballroom’s regal proportions, dazzling crystal-drop chandeliers, crown molding, curtained stage and built-in bar. The luxe atmosphere carries over into the adjacent Rear Lobby, an impressive grand foyer with a gracious, curving, two-story staircase—an absolute “must” for some great wedding photos.
For more than a hundred years, Sportsmen’s Lodge has held a special place for generations of Angelenos. Now, updated and better than ever, its legacy continues—along with the tradition followed by many newlyweds of coming back to celebrate future anniversaries, too.
CEREMONY CAPACITY: The site features two outdoor decks in garden settings with two gazebos. The South Garden seats 150 and the North Garden seats 600.
EVENT/RECEPTION CAPACITY: The center can accommodate 800 seated indoors and 600 seated outdoors.
MEETING CAPACITY: Meeting spaces hold 1,000 seated guests.
25% of the total event cost is required to reserve your date and the balance is due 14 days prior to the event. Wedding packages range $49–99/person. Tax and a 20% service charge are additional. Kosher catering is available, and outside ethnic caterers are welcome with approval.
Special Events, Parties
Kitchen Facilities: n/a
Tables & Chairs: provided
Linens, Silver, etc.: provided
Restrooms: wheelchair accessible
Dance Floor: portable provided
Bride’s Dressing Area: yes
AV/Meeting Equipment: some provided
Parking: large lot, complimentary self-parking, valet $10/car
Accommodations: 191 guest rooms
Outdoor Night Lighting: yes
Outdoor Cooking Facilities: no
View: fountain, garden, lagoon, landscaped grounds, waterfall
Other: spa services, garden ceremonies, complimentary event coordination
Banquet Hall/Events Facility
Smoking: outdoors only
Music: amplified OK
Wheelchair Access: yes
Insurance: required for vendors
Year-round, daily, 6am–midnight
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