We are on-site at Smashboxand have several sizes of studios from which to choose. Other places in town such as Quixote Studios or Miau Haus Studios also have several studios. Location companies used for scouting locations for films and shoots are a good resource, and generally have a good inventory of private homes and spaces available specifically for events. One of my favorites is the Paramour in Silver Lake. Keep in mind that if you go to a restaurant or club, you have to be ready to “buy them out” for the night, and this may be cost-prohibitive.
Four Seasonsprivate dining room for 35 or fewer; buy out Morton’s (on Robertson) for 125 and fewer; Maggiano’s has great party rooms, such as a private room for a party of 10; parties of 60 or fewer, Spago Beverly Hills; Il Cielo patio.
—Event coordinator Mindy Weiss of Mindy Weiss Party Consultants
A hot new placeis Lucky Strike, which is a bowling alley and club in Hollywood. Many restaurants are willing to close a room or a portion of their restaurant for private parties. As far as venues go, Level Three is also a cool place to do an event – that’s is in the Hollywood & Highland complex, and you reach them through Lucky Strike. The Henry Fonda Theater has been turned into a cool location for events. The Hollywood Athletic Club is okay, but you really have to bring everything in that you need there.
Make sure the space matchesthe vibe you want and can accommodate the number of guests you want. A few to consider are Astra West; Union Station; a downtown loft; the beach, a local art museum, the Henry Fonda Theater.
The Music Center’snewly remodeled fifth floor offers floor-to-ceiling windows; the new Walt Disney Concert Hall; MOCA; LACMA; Hollywood Bowl (off-season) provides a variety of venues; C2, a new restaurant and event space in the heart of Century City; Oviatt Penthouse; Quixote Studios; and there are private homes in the Hollywood Hills that are available to rent.