1 The Beverly Hilton Hotel Ballroom
2 The Book Bindery
The BookBindery and Brick Buildings, located in the heart of Culver City's Arts District, is the perfect place to host any sort of event. Celebrated wedding planner Mindy Weiss has organized fetes there, and Harry Winston hosted a special gala honoring Jessica Alba at this spacious, multifaceted space.
3 Frank Lloyd Wright Jr. Mansion
Frank Lloyd Wright Jr.'s mega-mansion in the Hollywood Hills is the perfect backdrop for anything even resembling a Leonardo DiCaprio film. This Old Hollywood palace designed by Lloyd Wright, son of America’s greatest architect, Frank Lloyd Wright, was the setting for Martin Scorsese's DiCaprio vehicle, "The Aviator" and looks like the perfect place to host a Great Gatsby gala. The 6,000 square foot abode boasts a private spa-soak in a freestanding tub, a shower in a glass encased steam room, and a meditation area by a beautiful koi pond as well as a reading room with a huge salt water aquarium, a home theater system with surround sound, a gourmet kitchen, formal dining room, 2 fireplaces, outdoor fire pit, 2 exotic modern flaming torches, and a dramatic city view. Glamor isn't cheap though: renting this palace can run you up to $25,000.
For a trendy, artistic spot to host your holiday party, head to the SmogShoppe, a former smog-check station owned by Sherry Walsh, a former fashion designer, and her artist husband Miguel Nelson. To add extra LA cool credibility, remnants of the site's demolition -- wood, brick and an illegal billboard on the property -- can be found in the newly designed space. This spot sums up Los Angeles at its gritty best.
5 The Villa Sophia
This gorgeous five-star luxury retreat set high in the Los Feliz Hills is the perfect spot to hold a glamorous gala. Its the former home of cult director James Whale (Frankenstein, Bride of Frankenstein) and to this day remains a spot where numerous films and cinematic projects are shot. This Henry Harwood Hewitt-designed villa can be rented out by the night, week, or month.