Los Angeles, California 90057
Phone: 213/381-6300 x106
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Why We Like This Place
An architectural tour de force, The MacArthur embodies the rich and decadent era of Los Angeles during the Roaring '20s. Built in 1925 as an Elks Lodge, it later reigned as the luxury Park Plaza Hotel. Recently, however, this historic Art Deco masterpiece has been reborn as a spectacular private events venue.
The building occupies almost an entire city block, and its sheer scale and splendor make it perfect for grand affairs. The enchantment begins the moment you step into The MacArthur Lobby, a cathedral-like 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.
Beyond the Lobby is a plethora of exhilarating event spaces. The Lounge, on the ground floor, is The MacArthur's most intimate space. Just right for cocktails or small seated dinners, it boasts dark wood wainscoting, tasseled antique chandeliers, and Corinthian pilasters. Equally gorgeous is the Plaza Ballroom, designed with a large dance floor, a mammoth bar, hand-stenciled ceiling beams, and fantastic columns gilded in copper leaf. On the room's south side, glass doors open to the Garden. This private al fresco 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 arrive at the Grand Ballroom. It is, in a word, spectacular. Twin colonnades on either side create a linear dynamism, drawing the eye along the length of the room. The meticulously restored beamed ceiling showcases 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 Elks Hall, the venue's most capacious ballroom. Featuring elaborate wall sconces and a ceiling of dizzying height, this vast multilevel space will 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 launches, wrap parties and Hollywood bashes. In fact, at a birthday party for a "recently arrived" star, the venue was packed with glitterati. And even these 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: 400
- Max. Seated Outdoors: 300
- Max. Standing/Cocktails Indoors: 750
- Max. Standing/Cocktails Outdoors: 600
- Max. Seated: 550
CEREMONY CAPACITY: The Lounge seats 70, the Plaza Ballroom 225, the Grand Ballroom 280, the Elks Hall 550, and the Garden 400.
EVENT/RECEPTION CAPACITY: The Lounge seats 60, the Plaza Ballroom 150, the Grand Ballroom 250, and Elks Hall 400. Outdoors, the Garden holds 300 seated guests.
MEETING CAPACITY: Several spaces accommodate 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 14 days prior along with a 10% refundable security deposit. Event packages range $250–$300/person including catering, beverages, rentals, and staff.
Special Events, Parties
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
Venue ViewsNo View
Banquet Hall/Events Facility
Alcohol: in-house, no BYO
Smoking: outdoors only
Music: amplified OK indoors; OK outdoors with volume limits
Wheelchair Access: yes, for most spaces
Insurance: liability required for all events
Other: some decorations require approval
Alternate Info: The Legendary Park Plaza