Unique Offsite Reception Spaces for Your Large Group (1,500+)

Space Shuttle "Endeavour" at the California Science Center
Space Shuttle "Endeavour"  |  Photo:  Yuri Hasegawa

Are you hosting a large group in Los Angeles? These interesting and alternative spaces are built-in attractions, conversation starters and only-in-LA experiences. While our city has countless places, this list has the spots that are in, near or less than half an hour from the core of Downtown LA.

Belasco Theater


Located 1 mile from the convention center and 18 miles from LAX

This relic of revelry from the 1920s has more than 40,000 square feet of diverse, ornate gathering space. The legendary theater includes its Main Theater, Garden and Balcony Patios, Vintage Bar & Lounge, and several other spaces. It is history and hospitality … and accommodates up to 1,500 of your guests.

Exchange LA

Exchange LA

Located 1.5 miles from the convention center and 17 miles from LAX

Renovated and retrofitted, this downtown entertainment destination is a cultural monument and a gem that will impress your large group. Formerly the Los Angeles Stock Exchange, the venue spans 25,000 sq. ft. over four stories, has multiple rooms, seven full-service bars, state-of-the-art lighting, early 20th-century charisma, and accommodates up to 1,500 guests.


Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum

Located 2 miles from the convention center and 13 miles from LAX

For the sports fans in your group, The Coliseum is one of the most iconic sports destinations in the country – home to the USC Football team since 1923 and host of two Super Bowls and a World Series. This national treasure has two centuries of history along with a $315-million transformation of its United Airlines Field to include an updated seating capacity of 77,500, a complete stadium-wide Wi-Fi system and more.

California Science Center

California Science Center

Located 3.5 miles from the convention center and 19 miles from LAX

The California Science Center claims it best: They “have hosting down to a science.” If puns aren’t your thing, maybe a cocktail reception under space shuttle Endeavour is (this was the last orbiter built by NASA); or heavy hors d'oeuvres with a 30-foot-long touch tank as your backdrop. With a reception capacity of up to 4,000, the sky’s the limit for your event at this attraction.

Petersen Automotive Museum

Petersen Automotive Museum

Located 6 miles from the convention center and 10 miles from LAX

The Petersen Automotive Museum re-opened its doors in 2015 after an extensive $125-million renovation. The state-of-the-art venue features 50,000 square feet of flexible indoor and outdoor event space, three themed floors highlighting the history, industry and artistry of the automotive world and a rooftop pavilion.

Universal Studios

Universal Studios

Located 10 miles from the convention center and 25 miles from LAX

Your attendees can take a behind-the-scenes tour at one of the world’s most storied movie studios: Universal Studios. With an outdoor capacity of up to 20,000, this venue offers partial and full Park buyout for opening or closing events, unique dining experiences, either a private Backlot Studio tour or VIP experience and much more.

Sony Pictures Studios

Sony Pictures Studios

Located 10 miles from the convention center and 7 miles from LAX

You bring the meeting, and this venue brings the magic. Sony is one of LA’s most historic movie lots with chic and unique spaces, including the Rita Hayworth Dining Room, Calley Park, 9th and Main, small-town streets where TV and movies are shot, and the commissary where the stars wine and dine.

The Proud Bird

The Proud Bird Food Bazaar & Event Center

Located 14 miles from the convention center and 2.5 miles from LAX

At The Proud Bird, imagination takes flight. Located next to the runways of LAX Airport, this venue – with hosting capacities of up to 3,500 indoors and 3,500 outdoors – has been reimagined as a new food hall with interactive aviation exhibits and a renovated events center. Take the 3-D tour of this space to visualize your event here.