As the epicenter for entertainment, Hollywood has all of the right elements to orchestrate memorable meetings. Whether it's the Academy Awards at the Kodak Theatre, the Governor's Ball at the Renaissance Hollywood or the Millennium Network event recently hosted by President Bill Clinton at Boulevard3, meeting venues in Hollywood cast themselves to be both glamorous and competent. The legendary H-O-L-L-Y-W-O-O-D sign, Walk of Fame and Sunset Boulevard help to set the scene, as do the destination's intriguing cinematic history and everyday characters on the street.
Bordered by West Hollywood, Burbank and Glendale to the north, Melrose Avenue to the south and the Golden State Freeway to the east, Hollywood is approximately 8.5 miles from Bob Hope Airport, 24 miles from Los Angeles International Airport and 45 miles from Ontario International Airport. Less than 10 miles away in downtown is the Los Angeles Convention Center, the major meetings venue in the city, an expansive facility with 720,000 square feet of exhibit space, 64 meetings rooms (totaling 147,000 square feet) and a 299-seat theater. Chief among Hollywood meeting venues, however, is the 3,332-seat Kodak Theatre, which became the new home of the Academy Awards when it debuted in 2001. (Premium event venues in Hollywood include the famous 18,000-seat Hollywood Bowl.)
Hotel venues in Hollywood include the renovated Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel, which, back in the heyday of the studios, welcomed Marilyn Monroe, Montgomery Clift and other film legends. The 302-room property continues to attract A-listers with its inviting pool, Teddy's Nightclub and 55,000 square feet of meeting space. At the Hollywood & Highland Center, the 632-room Renaissance Hollywood Hotel and Spa boasts 65,000 square feet for meetings and a prime location near shopping and entertainment. Stylish digs definitely stand out at the 305-room W Hotel Hollywood (10,000 square feet) and 57-room The Redbury, a Bohemian-inspired boutique property featuring 6,000 square feet of meeting space.
Given that Hollywood is home to movie palaces, nightclubs and more, planners can have their pick of interesting settings. Restored to its former glory, 1,000-seat El Capitan Theatre, available for private rental, is where the Walt Disney Company screens first runs. (The nearby Egyptian Theatre and Grauman's Chinese Theatre also host industry events.)
Dining venues in Hollywood include the hot spot Katsuya, which can accommodate 216 for a seated dinner or 250 for a reception as well as smaller groups of up to eight in each of the two private rooms. Frequent award recipient Campanile has two private dining rooms.