Los Angeles has long been synonymous with the film and TV industry. As the Entertainment Capital of the World, L.A. is home to a number of well-known movie studios that have served as the backdrop to countless movies and TV shows. But these studios are not just for the movies! Backlots, sound stages and antique sets can all be unique backgrounds for your next event. Read on for our guide to L.A. movie studios that double as event space.
Universal Studios Hollywood
Plan an unforgettable event with a splash of movie magic at Universal Studios Hollywood, the world's largest working movie studio and theme park! Complete with jaw-dropping venues, innovative equipment and facilities, plus catering by “Chef to the Stars,” Wolfgang Puck, Universal Studios Hollywood will surely leave a lasting impression on your guests. Universal Studios Hollywood can host a variety of events from as few as 100 people up to 20,000 and has a team of dedicated event specialists to ensure your event is a blockbuster success.
For an even more spectacular experience, host an event at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™, located inside the park. Guests can pass through the towering Hogwarts™ castle gates and explore the magical passageways, classrooms and corridors. Sample fare from the wizarding world’s best known establishments, including the Three Broomsticks™ and the Hog’s Head™, plus guests can experience new pulse-pounding rides including Flight of the Hippogriff™ and Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey™. This unique space can accommodate up to 2,000 guests and is available for private buyouts.
The Studios at Paramount
From their humble beginnings in 1912, The Studios at Paramount (the longest operating and only major studio remaining in Hollywood) has been on the ground floor of every major development in film - from the advent of motion pictures, to the emergence of television and onward through the digital revolution. When it’s time to roll out the red carpet, Paramount offers a number of unique venues sprawled throughout its 65-acre lot such as New York Street, the Blue Sky Tank, The Alley, versatile sound stages and plush theatres with room for up to 10,000 guests. Booking an event at Paramount grants you access to the same resources used by major blockbuster productions such as awe inspiring effects, spectacular lighting and dazzling Audio Visual systems.
Paramount also features two plush parks that can vary the scenery and expand the capacity for events. The Marathon Park, adjacent to Bronson Plaza and the Paramount Theatre, can accommodate up to 250 guests and is surrounded by lush greenery and landscaping. Their Production Park can accommodate up to 150 Guests and is an ideal location for receptions and breakout sessions. Guests will marvel at the original Hollywood architecture and blooming jacaranda trees that surround this unique spot.
Warner Bros. Studios
You can’t get more quintessentially L.A. than hosting an event at Warner Bros. Studios. The world’s busiest motion picture and television studio accommodates everything from corporate events and galas, charity fundraisers and awards shows. Meeting and event planners can keep it simple with a VIP tour complete with lunch, or host a full-on soiree with red carpet and elaborate outdoor lightning.
Warner Bros. very own slice of the “Big Apple” can be found on its most famous backlot, New York Street. Originally built in the 1930’s for classic Hollywood gangster pictures starring James Cagney, Humphrey Bogart and Edward G. Robinson, this downtown business district can be dressed to represent virtually any major city in the world with a number of façades available for customized branding. With a large main stage, green room capabilities, 28,000 square feet of space and room for up to 2,500 guests, New York Street is just one of the many unique spaces Warner Bros. Studios has to offer.
Sony Pictures Studios
Sony Pictures Studios is one of the world’s most storied locations for motion picture production. Dating back nearly a century, the state-of-the-art 45-acre studio lot has been the site of countless entertainment classics, including Ben-Hur, Mutiny on the Bounty, Grand Hotel, The Wizard of Oz, and Singin' in the Rain. Today, the studio continues to be a premier facility for film and television productions in addition to being a dynamic event space.
From the elegant to the iconic, Sony Pictures Studios has the perfect setting for almost any party, meeting, or blockbuster event. Space includes the historic Rita Hayworth Dining Room, gorgeous Calley Park, small-town streets where TV and movies are shot, and the commissary where the stars wine and dine. A dynamic catering and events team will help with planning your event while bringing a creative flair to make your occasion one to remember.
Los Angeles Center Studios
Los Angeles Center Studios is a full-service studio campus with a wide variety of event venues within a completely enclosed 20 acre creative environment. Located in Downtown Los Angeles, LA Center Studios boasts six 18,000 square foot sound stages, executive boardrooms, a 350 Seat state-of-the-art theater plus outdoor decks with views of the city skyline. This spacious studio has hosted events for companies such as Activision, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Electronic Arts and DreamWorks.
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