Located in the heart of Los Angeles County's South Bay beach towns, Torrance is just minutes away from downtown LA and iconic attractions like Disneyland and Universal Studios. Along with the shopping and dining charms of a historic downtown, Torrance is also home to one of the largest shopping malls in the U.S. and the largest indoor Chinese market on the West Coast. Torrance event venues include the Toyota Automobile Museum, the Torrance Cultural Arts Center, Southern California Live Steamers Miniature Railroad, and more.
Torrance is 10 miles from Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) and 17 miles from Long Beach Airport (LGB).
One of the larger, non-hotel meeting venues, Torrance Cultural Arts Center offers planners a number of options. There is a 502-seat theater, a black box theater that can seat up to 136 people, a meeting hall that can accommodate a session for 350, and a multi-purpose room that can handle 200 for a banquet or 250 for a meeting. For specialty events, there are also visual and performing arts studios; and for receptions, up to 800 people can party in a vast outdoor plaza and up to 60 can partake of the intimate experience of the center's authentic Japanese garden.
Hotel venues in Torrance include national chain meeting favorites like the 476-room Torrance Marriott South Bay, with 31,500 square feet of meeting space in 20 rooms, and the 349-room DoubleTree by Hilton Torrance South Bay, which offers 16,000 square feet of function space. In addition are several other hotels that can handle small meetings, including the 151-room Courtyard Torrance South Bay, with 2,140 square feet of meeting space, and the 149-room Courtyard Torrance Palos Verdes, with 1,274 square feet of space.
When it is time to stage an off-site function, planners can choose from among venues in Torrance with a distinctive style and those that take advantage of the city's splendid weather and location. Tapping into the hot new trend in town, groups of up to about 100 people can host a party at local craft breweries like Red Car Brewery, and connecting with the strong Asian influence, small receptions can be held at Chen Art Gallery, which houses the personal art collection of Sunrider International founder Dr. Tei Fu Chen. Along with outdoor locations like the 14,000-square-foot Torino Festival Plaza at the Torrance Cultural Arts Center and the 9,500-square-foot Serenity Gardens at the Marriott, planners may want to consider Miramar Park at Torrance Beach, which can host an event for up to 100 people.
With more than 400 restaurants on the menu in Torrance, meeting delegates can always find something to suit their taste. The diverse lineup includes distinctive places like Elephant Bar Global Grill/Wok Kitchen, Aliotta's Via Firenze fine-dining Italian restaurant, Fanoos Grill, with Persian dishes like koobideh, and Toluca restaurant, a local favorite famous for its carne asada and carnitas quesadillas.
Simply for relaxation, groups can enjoy the rare Southern California wetlands habitat of Madrona Marsh Wildlife Preserve & Nature Center, and 1.5 miles of beach edged by The Strand, a paved path that winds north for 22 miles to Santa Monica.