Los Angeles, California 90014
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Why We Like This Place
The moment you step into the Los Angeles Athletic Club’s first-floor lobby, its elegant, wall-to-wall wood interior and restored original marble floor makes it obvious that you’ve arrived at a very classy place.
An L.A. landmark for over a century, the LACC was founded in 1880 by a small group of businessmen destined to become some of the city’s most influential citizens. In 1912 its members financed the construction of the present-day building that houses the club’s recreational and special event facilities as well as 72 guest rooms. Many remarkable people have since passed through its doors—Rudolph Valentino practiced boxing here, Charlie Chaplin considered it his home base, and Johnny Weissmuller trained for the Olympics in the 7th-floor swimming pool (the first suspended pool in Los Angeles).
The club’s 12th-story rooftop terrace is a spectacular setting for a one-of-a-kind wedding. From this urban aerie, guests seated for the ceremony are treated to a sweeping panorama, while towering skyscrapers nearby seem like abstract sculptures of steel and glass poised against a pale blue skyline. As nighttime descends, city lights and a panoply of stars illuminate the horizon, forming a dramatic backdrop to your reception.
If you’d prefer to take the party indoors, start by hosting your cocktail hour in the re-imagined Invention Bar & Lounge, a spacious and upscale mixology bar on the third floor designed like a swanky gentleman’s club. An abundance of rich mahogany paneling and custom leather and suede furniture create a warm, inviting atmosphere. Classic items like a grandfather clock and antique racquets arranged on a wall coexist harmoniously with modern elements like the avantgarde “molecule” lighting fixtures overhead. For a truly unique experience, upgrade your wedding package to include a world-famous mixologist who’s an expert in whipping up custom drinks as well as signature cocktails invented over the last 200+ years. While you and your guests are sampling vintage libations such as the Fish House Punch (1732), the Dark N Stormy (early 1900s), and The Last Word (1937), your mixologist can regale you with each cocktail’s interesting history.
Dinner is served just steps away in the beautifully remodeled Centennial Ballroom, where the décor evokes the Great Gatsby era of the 1920s. The original wall-to wall woodwork now has an added luster, and multiple upgrades have made the space more event-friendly than ever. Glittering crystal chandeliers on dimmers let you control the mood, while sconces on the pillars cast a soft light. At one end, a faux fireplace comes to life thanks to its illuminated interior and mantel. Even the ceiling has been enhanced with elaborately embossed white wood panels. In short, the ballroom is simply gorgeous.
The Athletic Club’s friendly, attentive staff will tailor your wedding package to your specific needs. They offer a food tasting and are happy to customize your menu, providing dozens of hors d’oeuvre, entrée and cake options to choose from. A champagne toast, wine with dinner and the wedding cake are all included, along with a well-appointed overnight suite that awaits you at evening’s end.
- Max. Seated Indoors: 250
- Max. Seated Outdoors: 150
- Max. Seated Indoors: 450
- Max. Seated Outdoors: 0
- Max. Standing/Cocktails Indoors: 800
- Max. Standing/Cocktails Outdoors: 0
- Max. Seated: 300
CEREMONYCAPACITY: The Olympian Lounge holds 220 seated or 400 standing guests. The site can accommodate up to 250 seated guests indoors and 150 seated outdoors.
EVENT/RECEPTION CAPACITY: The Centennial Ballroom holds up to 350 seated or 500 standing guests; the Empire Room, 120 seated or 200 standing; the President’s Lounge, 50 seated or 75 standing; the John R. Wooden Award Court, 450 seated or 800 standing; the Olympian Lounge, 200 standing; Invention Bar, 200 standing.
MEETING CAPACITY: 9 rooms can accommodate 10–300 seated guests; the reception rooms listed above are used for larger groups.
Cost: Prices, Deposits, Etc.
A $2,500 nonrefundable deposit is required to reserve your date; the balance is due 1 week prior to the date. For ceremonies, there is a $1,500 indoor ceremony charge and a $2,500 rooftop charge. Wedding packages start at $110/person, including hors d’oeuvres, tray-passed wine and champagne during cocktail hour, champagne toast, 3-course meal, wine with dinner, cake, dance floor and complimentary suite for bride and groom. There is no room rental fee for weddings or social functions if the food and beverage minimum is met. Luncheons range $30–50/person and dinners range $40–60/person. Buffets and cocktail receptions start at $30/person; alcohol, tax and a 20% service charge are additional.
For business functions or meetings, per-person meal prices are: breakfast $16–32, luncheon $24–50, and dinner $30–60. Rental fees for meeting rooms range $80–1,300 and may be waived depending on food and beverage totals.
Special Events, Parties
Kitchen Facilities: fully equipped
Tables & Chairs: provided
Linens, Silver, etc.: provided
Restrooms: wheelchair accessible
Dance Floor: provided
Bride’s & Groom’s Dressing Area: suite
Meeting Equipment: full range
Parking: secured, underground garage, $4.50/car
Accommodations: 63 guest rooms, 9 newly renovated suites
Telephone: pay phones
Outdoor Night Lighting: access lighting only
Outdoor Cooking Facilities: no
View: cityscape of downtown L.A.
Other: coordination, wedding cakes, grand piano
Banquet Hall/Events Facility
Alcohol: in-house, or corkage $15/bottle
Smoking: designated areas
Music: amplified OK indoors, and rooftop before 10pm
Wheelchair Access: yes
Insurance: not required
Other: no rice, birdseed, confetti or glitter
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