12 Gorgeous Raw Event Spaces in LA
Exposed brick, towering beamed ceilings, loads of natural light, an open floor plan — raw spaces are beautiful blank canvases on which to project your dream event, unhindered by the usual limitations of a structure. Los Angeles has lots of spots with natural charm and we’ve culled the very best into this list to help you find the perfect venue for any type of celebration you’re planning.
At the P
From weddings to movie premieres, At the P is a versatile venue to host your next event. The rustic vintage indoor space offers 3,600 square feet of exposed brick walls, a stunning wooden bowstring truss roof, and warm natural light streaming from skylights. With a 5,000 square foot rooftop boasting sweeping views of Hollywood set to open soon, there’s no shortage of places to celebrate.
Cole Event Space Capacity: 400 (seated or standing)
Make use of the agreeable LA weather and host an event that drifts indoors and out in this Arts District spot. With 5,000 square-feet of indoor space and an additional 2,000 square-foot patio, Seventh Place offers plenty of space for partying. The inside features a rich wood-beam ceiling with skylights, exposed brick walls and polished concrete floors, while the patio offers a mix of wood and brick floors surrounded by lush ivy-covered walls.
Seventh Place Capacity: 250 (seated) – 400 (standing)
This gorgeous locale, built in 1928, brings Italian architecture to downtown Los Angeles. Originally a villa — with stunning painted ceilings, exposed brick walls, unique tile floors and bold wood beam ceilings — this venue offers more than 7,600 square-feet of indoor space and two courtyards. It’s period details and ideal location make Carondelet House a unique raw space for your next celebration.
Carondelet House Capacity: 300
Cooper Design Space
The Cooper Design Space was built in 1927 to house LA fashion designers and manufacturers and is known for having been the premier spot for fashion showrooms in the 1940’s and 50’s. It has since been renovated to host an array of events for lifestyle creatives. This venue offers 22,000 square-feet of raw space appeal with downtown views, natural light and a dedicated freight elevator.
Cooper Design Space Capacity: 1199 (standing)
Just as in New York, Hollywood’s NeueHouse is a magnet for creatives in film, fashion, design, publishing and architecture. This landmarked LA location on Sunset Boulevard is a modernist work of art commissioned in 1938 to be the CBS Radio Building. It boasts tons of natural light and several outdoor spaces that take advantage of the temperate California climate. With 10 event spaces (including meeting rooms and a listening room), NeueHouse Hollywood is the perfect spot for everything from screenings and launches to weddings and milestone birthday parties.
The Library Capacity: 32 (seated) – 60 (standing)
Screening Room Capacity: 55 (seated)
The Mezzanine Capacity: 60 (seated) – 100 (standing)
Paley Penthouse Capacity: 40 (seated outdoor) – 100 (standing)
The Table Capacity 100: (seated) – 200 (standing)
Paley Restaurant: 200 (seated) – 300 (standing)
Garden Terrace Capacity: 250 (seated) – 400 (standing)
Located in Culver City on LA’s westside, this raw venue space reopened in 2015 after a total facility renovation to include modern AV systems and beautiful interiors and exteriors designed by leading architecture design firm, Gensler. The interior offers open spaces with bright white walls and white beamed ceilings — a blank canvas in which to create the party of your dreams. With 25,000 square feet made up of five different studios and VIP lounges, Smashbox Studios has the luxury, the space, and the versatility to make your event unforgettable.
The Belasco of Downtown Los Angeles is a 1920’s theater that was resurrected in 2011 after an extensive three-year restoration that preserved its historical charm while adding state-of-the-art sound and lighting. Playing host to everything from award shows and corporate events to weddings and bar/bat mitzvah celebrations, the 40,000 square-foot Belasco has emerged as a multipurpose event and entertainment complex. The main theater features a multi-tiered balcony overlooking the stage while the ballroom boasts its own entrance into a luxe space with large leather booths and intricate awnings and molding.
Main Theater Capacity: 900 (seated) – 1,500 (standing)
Ballroom Capacity: 300 (seated) – 500 (standing)
Vintage 10 Fifty Wine Bar and Mezzanine Lounge Capacity: 50 (seated) – 100 (standing)
Basement Lounge Capacity: 250 (seated) – 500 (standing)
The Fig House
The Fig House is bespoke indoor/outdoor event venue nestled between Los Angeles and Pasadena. With an eye toward modern glamour, the space features stained glass windows by the local artisans at Judson Studios and paint and wallpaper in bold colors by Farrow and Ball. The outdoor garden is home to lush landscaping and walls rich with ivy. While The Fig House can host up to 450 people, its layout has the unique ability to allow an intimate ambiance for smaller parties of fewer than 100 guests.
The Fig House Capacity: 250 (seated) – 450 (standing)
The Majestic Downtown
Historically-preserved and protected by the National Register of Historic Places, this extraordinary venue was designed by renowned architectural firm Schultze & Weaver in 1921. It’s a stunning raw space with statement-making Italian painted ceilings, crystal chandeliers, bold arched windows, and beautiful marble columns and floors. The Grand Hall combines both the North and South Halls for 26,500 square feet of fully-customizable space. It features a dramatic marble staircase that leads to a mezzanine for a gallery view of the entire hall. Use the smaller halls for more intimate gatherings.
Grand Hall Capacity: 600 (seated) – 1200 (standing)
North Hall Capacity: 150 (seated) – 250 (standing)
South Hall Capacity: 200 (seated) – 600 (standing)
Perfectly located in the over-the-top entertainment complex that is LA Live, The Novo is an extraordinary venue space for any party. This 59,000 square-foot space has exclusive catering by celebrity chef Wolfgang Puck and boasts a state-of-the art sound system and a grand stage, making it perfect for music performances and shows yet flexible enough to host corporate events and private parties too. Give your guests the VIP treatment with a private entrance, a swanky intimate lounge, and breath-taking views of the LA skyline from the third floor patio.
The Novo Capacity: 2,300
Originally the City’s first Archdiocese Catholic cathedral, Vibiana has been beautifully transformed into a stunning full-service event facility. With a towering ceiling and arches and columns galore, this space has natural light flooding in from every direction and gorgeous architectural details. Its vast outdoor brick patio is lined with LA’s signature palm trees. Vibiana is owned and operated by restaurateurs so you’re guaranteed a delectable menu; the chef is happy to customize a menu for you based on your preferred style, service and budget.
Vibiana Cocktail Reception Capacity: 789 (standing)
Main Hall Capacity: up to 550 (seated)
Garden Courtyard Capacity: up to 350 (seated)