Los Angeles, California 90057
Phone: 213/381-6300 x106
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Why We Like This Place
An architectural tour de force, the opulent The MacArthur embodies the rich and decadent boomtown times of Los Angeles before the 1929 stock market crash. Built in 1925 (it was originally an Elks Lodge), the Hotel languished into a lamentable state of disrepair during the 80s and 90s. Fortunately, it’s been rescued from ruin by the same folks who refurbished the Oviatt. Finishing touches on the extensive facelift were completed in October of ‘99.
Don’t expect to hold a shy and demure event here. The sheer scale and splendor of the building calls for affairs on the grander end of the spectrum. Big weddings, band premieres and corporate Christmas parties are equal to the The MacArthur’s sensibility.
Hold onto your hat when exploring this location, because much of your time will be spent with head tipped back, ogling its many wonders. Occupying almost an entire city block, the building’s façade is embellished by a series of arches, pilasters, cornices and majestic friezes featuring intriguing statuary of Roman women. This neoclassical motif is carried over to the inside as well. Enchanting you from the moment you step across the transom is the The MacArthur Lobby, a cathedrallike space with a Romanesque vaulted ceiling at least three stories high. Sunlight streams through the immense Palladian glass doorway and fanlight, burnishing the Tennessee-rose granite floor.
The MacArthur offers a plethora of exhilarating event sites. On the ground floor is the Gold Ballroom, the MacArthur’s most intimate space. Just right for cocktails or small seated dinners, this space boasts dark wood wainscoting, tasseled antique chandeliers and Corinthian pilasters whose tops are crowned in gleaming gold leaf. Equally gorgeous is the Bronze Ballroom, featuring a large dance floor, a mammoth Art Deco bar, hand-stenciled ceiling beams and fantastic columns gilded in copper leaf. On the room’s south side, glass doors open out onto the Tuscan Patio. This private open-air courtyard, filled with greenery and flower planters, is a beautiful setting for exchanging vows.
Take the magnificent stairway up from the Lobby, turn left and you’ll encounter our favorite event site—the Grand Ballroom. It is, in a word, spectacular. On either side of the room twin colonnades create a linear dynamism, drawing the eye along the length of the room. The meticulously restored beamed ceilings showcase hand-painted floral designs, patterned after a palace ceiling in Florence. Chandeliers suspended from the beams spotlight these amazing works of art. Not to be outdone is the Terrace Room, the hotel’s most capacious ballroom. Art Deco in motif, and featuring elaborate wall sconces and a ceiling of dizzying height, this vast multilevel space can accommodate almost any kind of pageantry you can dream up.
One of Los Angeles’ best kept secrets, The MacArthur has become the place for film shoots, record launchings, wrap parties and Hollywood bashes. In fact, at a birthday party for a “recently arrived” star, the hotel was packed with glitterati. And even these jaded, been-everywhere-done-everything luminaries could be overheard exclaiming, “I never knew this place existed; it’s SO beautiful!”
The secret is out….
- Max. Seated Indoors: 550
- Max. Seated Outdoors: 400
- Max. Seated Indoors: 490
- Max. Seated Outdoors: 300
- Max. Standing/Cocktails Indoors: 750
- Max. Standing/Cocktails Outdoors: 600
- Max. Seated: 550
CEREMONY CAPACITY: The Gold Ballroom seats 70, the Bronze Ballroom 225, the Grand Ballroom 280, the Terrace Ballroom 550, and the Tuscan Patio 400.
EVENT/RECEPTIONCAPACITY: Indoor spaces accommodate 60–490 seated or 145–750 standing. Outdoors, the patio holds 275 seated or 600 standing.
MEETING CAPACITY: Several spaces hold 80–550 seated guests.
Cost: Prices, Deposits, Etc.
A signed contract plus a nonrefundable deposit equal to 20% of the estimated event total are required to secure your date. 60% of the event total is due 90 days prior to the event, and the balance is due 30 days prior. A 20% refundable security deposit is due 14 days prior. Catering packages are available, and range $115–250/person including staff and rentals.
Special Events, Parties
Catering: in-house or BYO
Kitchen Facilities: fully equipped, kosher kitchen CBA
Tables & Chairs: provided, or BYO
Linens, Silver, etc.: provided, or BYO
Restrooms: wheelchair accessible
Dance Floor: provided for most spaces
Bride’s & Groom’s Dressing Area: yes
AV/Meeting Equipment: CBA, extra fee
Parking: valet parking or nearby public lots
Accommodations: no guest rooms
Outdoor Night Lighting: yes
Outdoor Cooking Facilities: no
Cleanup: provided, extra fee
View: downtown cityscape and park
Other: event coordination
Banquet Hall/Events Facility
Alcohol: in-house, no BYO
Smoking: outdoors only
Music: amplified OK indoors; outdoors OK with volume limits
Wheelchair Access: yes
Insurance: liability required for social functions
Other: some decorations require approval
Alternate Info: The Legendary Park Plaza