Meeting planners will find no shortage of innovative event spaces in Long Beach.
Here are a few of our top picks for the remainder of 2017.
The Long Beach Convention & Entertainment Center, centrally located in the only downtown waterfront between San Francisco and San Diego, held a gala opening this past July for its latest special events venue, The Cove. Created as part of a $60 million renovation, the new venue is intended to allow meeting planners to create spectacular and memorable events at greatly reduced prices.
The Cove is a 50,000-sf event space with the capacity for 5,500 attendees that occupies an area on the center’s Seaside Way underpass. Five large LED crystal chandeliers glitter from the ceiling with light fixtures designed to look like barnacles, and decorative starfish and other marine motifs create an under-the-pier fantasy scene that can be customized with lighting schemes to suit any planner’s imagination. The space is perfect for pre-function receptions and allows for special catering setups and even food truck events.
“All of the furniture and decor is owned by our center and available to planners without having to order items from outside vendors, providing savings that can run into tens of thousands of dollars,” says Steve Goodling, president and CEO for the Long Beach CVB. “Our indoor and outdoor turnkey venues were inspired by the TED Conference, which Long Beach hosted for five years. Their creative use of our spaces sparked interest in providing that level of creativity to all of our clients.”
Other unique event venues in Long Beach include the Queen Mary, which was once the largest and fastest Trans-Atlantic steamship liner in the world, and is now a floating entertainment complex and 355-room hotel permanently docked in Long Beach’s downtown waterfront. Bing Crosby once sang in the first-class dining room, Bob Hope entertained in the main lounge and Johnny Weissmuller swam in the first class pool. Today, it’s a floating museum housing one of the largest collections of Art Deco paintings, sculptures, furniture and decor in the country, and several of its public rooms can be hired for events such as the elegant Grand Salon, Main Lounge and Britannia Salon.
The Museum of Latin American Art
The Museum of Latin American Art (MOLAA) is the only museum in the U.S. that features contemporary art from Latin America and Chicano artists. It offers an indoor meeting space as well as an outdoor sculpture garden that features a stage with full lighting and sound capability.