Why You'll Love This Place
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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.
Prices: What's this going to cost?
There is no room rental fee for weddings or social functions if the food & beverage minimum is met.
The ceremony fee is $1,500 indoors and $2,500 on the rooftop.
- $165/person and up
Wedding packages include:
- Tray-passed hors d’oeuvres during cocktail hour
- 4-hour open bar
- 3-course plated dinner
- Wine with dinner & sparkling wine toast
- Dance floor
- Getting-ready room the day of the wedding
- A complimentary suite for the wedding couple
- Tables, chairs, linen, flatware, and glassware
- Coffee & tea service after dinner
- And more!
Service Charge or Gratuity
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 & beverage totals.
|Meetings||Total meeting capacity for this venue is 300.|
CEREMONY CAPACITY: 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.
- Outdoor Ceremony
- Wedding Receptions
- Outdoor Reception
- Elopement Packages
- Small Wedding
- Rehearsal Dinner
- Special Events / Parties
- Business Functions / Meetings
- On-Site Accommodations
- Late Night
- LGBTQ+ Friendly
$ • $$ • $$$
BYO with corkage fee
Year-round, daily including holidays, 7am–midnight in 5-hour blocks; additional hours are negotiable.
Buildings, other structures, and natural settings available at this venue:
- Banquet Hall / Events Facility
- Historic / Landmark Building
- Patio / Deck / Terrace
- Penthouse / Rooftop
- Private Club
Peep the views you’ll enjoy from this venue!
Services & Amenities
Feel like a VIP with these services and amenities:
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
But take note of the following limitations!
Alcohol: in-house, or corkage $15/bottle
Smoking: designated areas
Music: amplified OK indoors, and on the rooftop before 10pm
Wheelchair Access: yes
Insurance: not required
Other: no rice, birdseed, confetti or glitter
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