Take Flight at Los Angeles Venues

Space Shuttle Endeavour on its final flight | Photo courtesy of Joshua Gunther, Flickr

The Space Shuttle Endeavour has completed its final flight and is preparing to make an extraordinary journey across Los Angeles to the California Science Center, where it will go on permanent public display. Aviation-themed venues across Los Angeles are ready to make sure your next event takes flight and soars to success.

Space Shuttle Endeavour - California Science Center

Los Angeles welcomes the Space Shuttle Endeavour, which touched down at Los Angeles International Airport on September 21, 2012. In October, the Endeavour will make an historic journey through the streets of Los Angeles to the California Science Center, where it will go on public display in the Samuel Oschin Space Shuttle Endeavour Display Pavilion on October 30. Located in Exposition Park, the California Science Center is the ideal location for meetings and conferences for up to 700 guests in the 7,500 square foot Donald P. Loker Conference Center and for 250 guests or less in the Erteszek Family Foundation Muses Room. Daytime programs can seamlessly segue into evening receptions or extravaganzas for up to 5,000 guests featuring private gallery viewings, IMAX presentations or elegant sit-down dinners in any of the dramatic event spaces. Evening convention parties are a specialty, given the Science Center's proximity to the Los Angeles Convention Center and its generous capacity. Excellent in-house catering, convenient parking, striking architecture, built-in entertainment plus a staff of professional event planners makes the California Science Center’s award winning venues the perfect solution for meeting and event planners.

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Encounter Restaurant & Bar - LAX

At the center of Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) stands the landmark Theme Building, home to the spectacular Encounter Restaurant and Bar. With 135-foot high parabolic arches and a futuristic, flying saucer design, the Theme Building is an icon of Mid-Century “Googie” architecture. The building is surrounded by lush gardens, including a courtyard with plaques commemorating the opening of the Jet-Age airport in 1961 and LAX's first employee in 1928, Henry Bakes. The Los Angeles City Council designated the Theme Building as City Cultural and Historical Monument No. 570 in 1992.

Offering a 360-degree view of LAX, the Encounter Restaurant opened in 1997 with retro-futuristic interior design and exterior lighting designed by Walt Disney Imagineering. On weekends, visitors can take an elevator up to the Observation Level, located on the roof of the Encounter Restaurant. From corporate lunches to private receptions, Encounter Restaurant's dramatic Space-Age vision combines with award-winning cuisine and service to make your next event a truly memorable one. The Encounter can accommodate 165 dining guests and an additional 55 persons in the bar area (an all "stand-up" event may accommodate more). Fully-staffed private events from twenty to two hundred, including music and dancing, are regularly held at the Encounter.

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The Proud Bird

A tribute to the evolution of modern aviation, The Proud Bird Restaurant is located adjacent to one of LAX’s approach runways, affording guests a one-of-a-kind, front-row view of airplanes coming in for a landing. The Proud Bird features four classic event rooms, with a main ballroom offering a seating capacity of over 1,200 guests. Inside, guests are transported to a setting that is rich in tradition yet contemporary in servicing their needs. The Proud Bird offers a variety of special event and bar packages, ideal for your next private, corporate or themed event.

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94th Aero Squadron

The 94th Aero Squadron Restaurant is located in the heart of the San Fernando Valley, adjacent to the world's busiest general aviation airport. The 94th Aero Squadron Restaurant offers expansive views of Van Nuys Airport, where there are over 1,000 daily arrivals and departures of some of the world's oldest and newest aircraft. Situated by the runway with a unique view of arriving and departing aircraft, the 94th Aero Squadron Restaurant is an ideal location for your next private, themed or corporate event.

Air Force One Pavilion at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library
Air Force One Pavilion | Photo: Ronald Reagan Presidential Library

Air Force One Pavilion - Ronald Reagan Library

Perched atop a hill with sweeping views of the southland, the Ronald Reagan Library and Museum is one of LA County's most stunning event locations. With rooms and outdoor venues capable of hosting intimate meetings for 10 or gala dinners for up to 1,500 guests, The Library offers a diverse selection of memorable settings, from the mission-inspired elegance of the main library building to the sleek, modern Air Force One Pavilion. Renting the Air Force One Pavilion puts your event below the nose of Ronald Reagan's Air Force One, tail number 27000. No other event venue in the nation can get you this close and personal with a retired Air Force One. Tours of the plane are included. The Air Force One Pavilion can accommodate up to 1,600 guests. Combine the space with the Ambassador's Terrace for a perfect indoor/outdoor event.

The following number of event attendees can be accommodated inside the Air Force One Pavilion:

  • Theater Seating: 1,500
  • Dinner Seating: 1,400
  • Reception 1,600

The following can also be accommodated on the Ambassador's Terrace:

  • Theater Seating: 650
  • Dinner Seating: 300
  • Reception: 700