Los Angeles Convention Center
A world-class facility, the Los Angeles Convention Center offers 720,000 square-feet of glorious space for trade show displays, along with 147,000 square feet of meeting room space, totaling 64 rooms. That’s a significant increase from the 210,685 square-feet of exhibit space and 21 meeting rooms when the facility opened in 1971! Its expansion was finished in 1993 to meet the needs of exhibitors, also adding a theater that seats 300. A bonus: the facility is green. Solar panels on the roof collect sunlight to generate electricity, and glass is designed to defuse light and heat.
It is an architectural delight full of geometric shapes of steel and glass, and is considered to be the most technologically advanced facility as well, with a one gigabit fiber optic network for supreme reliability. Minutes from LAX and Bob Hope Airport and a stone’s throw from a Metrolink Station, it is conveniently located in the heart of downtown. If you’re thinking of showing off your amazing custom trade show exhibits put together by Blazer Exhibits at the Los Angeles Convention Center, here’s a bit more about this venue to help you decide if it’s a good fit for your company.
While the space offered by the facility is a huge draw, there is much more than that. Attendees love the ambiance, enjoying spacious lobbies with plenty of sunlight. What’s more, the lobby is full of amazing artwork created by various nationally recognized artists, ensuring their time spent wandering the building is an experience in and of itself.
If you talk to those who’ve exhibited here, you’ll find one very important common thread – rave reviews of the LA Convention Center staff. From the moment you make the decision to hold an event here, an event manager works alongside you to ensure everything goes off without a hitch. If you have a question about anything, they can help. They also work to make sure there aren’t any bumps in the road, taking care of any problem that pops up before it spirals out of control. They take care of setting up meetings for you, and make sure their staff knows exactly what to do the day of the event.
If you intend to take advantage of their meeting rooms, you’ll love the spotlight head tables when you need to dim the lights for a presentation. If the presentation is the key component of your meeting, give the 300-seat theater a try, complete with rear-screen projection and top-of-the-line sound system enhanced by acoustical panels.
No matter what type of meals you need, their catering services can make sure you get exactly what you’re looking for. They do formal, black tie with exquisite dishes and one server for every table, or relaxed, corporate luncheons. If you choose, dine at one of the many restaurants located nearby – there are many to choose from – or take a break to do some shopping.
Where To Eat
While the center itself does an amazing job culinary-wise, you might be looking to treat one of your favorite clients to an intimate, one-on-one luncheon somewhere away from the crowd. There is no shortage of options, whether you’re in the mood for a quick coffee break or a more sophisticated option. Of course there are your standard options, like Denny’s, Subway, and Starbucks, but there are many other gems you should definitely check out.
Try the Palm Restaurant, providing authentic Italian-American cuisine whether going for lunch Monday through Friday or dinner all week long. Give their famous prime rib a try, or enjoy a jumbo lobster from Nova Scotia. Really, anything on the menu is a good choice. They also offer what they call the 3-Course Power Lunch. Call ahead and provide your starter, entree, side, and dessert choices and enjoy a fast and affordable experience.
For a more casual experience, give the Yard House a try. With an extensive draft beer selection, 130 different menu options like burgers, pizzas, steak, and other typical American cuisine options. It’s an overall experience – interesting artwork adorns the walls, while rock music plays on the state-of-the-art sound system. What’s more, they participate in Round It Up America, where guests can choose to round up their tab, donating the difference to charity.
If it’s Japanese cuisine you’re after, check out Katsuya for the total experience. Enjoy Japanese dishes prepared by Master Sushi Chef Katsuya Uechi, sure to please your taste buds, while you sit in the midst of an incredibly designed space. Try their unique twists on Japanese classics, like yellowtail sashimi with jalapeno or miso-marinated black cod. Don’t forget to try one of their signature cocktails like The Dragon featuring yuzu and ginger, or the Burning Mandarin complete with hand-crushed serrano chili.
Directly across the street from the LA Convention Center is L.A. LIVE. Sit down and enjoy an evening meal with colleagues, or reserve a private dining room and toast your hard working booth staff in style. They are best known for their steak and wine – there are 100 bottles to choose from!
Things To Do
Wondering what to do with your downtime? There is no shortage of activities here, whether shopping or exploring the various attractions this area has to offer. Pay a visit to the Griffith Observatory for all things astronomy, or the Grammy Museum for a different kind of star entirely. If you are passionate about cars, check out The Petersen Automotive Museum. They are constantly rotating their collection of over 300 vehicles, displaying 150 of them to keep visitors coming back to see more. Wander the hallways of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, or catch a concert in the Walt Disney Concert Hall.
Don’t forget to go shopping! The LA Fashion District isn’t far, offering the fashion enthusiast 100 blocks of options. Whether you’re looking for clothing for yourself, gifts for your kids, flowers, or textiles, you’re sure to find it here. Also in walking distance are Macy’s, 7+Fig, Mezon Handbags, and Sea of Diamonds.
The Los Angeles Convention Center is the perfect place to set up your trade show booth in Los Angeles. Not only are you treated to world-class service, your attendees are delighted with the entire experience. They’ll be sure to come back year after year!