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 May 08, 2001
Unique Venues In Long Beach For Meetings And Events

 Thinking about planning a meeting or special event at another boring hotel? Not again! Wouldn't a meeting be so much more fun if it was set in a mansion, a ship, or an underwater paradise? Executives will be pleased to hear about the many options Long Beach has for those typically cumbersome, customary meetings.

Meetings and/or Special Event Venues:

Aquarium of the Pacific
310 Golden Shore, Suite 300 Long Beach, CA 90802
Contact: Group Sales Manager, (562) 951-1682

The picturesque 11,000 square foot Great Hall of the Pacific lobby features three colorful exhibits that can accommodate a reception/cocktail party for 750 people (650 seated). In conjunction with the lobby, the adjacent and spacious outdoor California Terrace can accommodate a reception for 200 people and offers views of Rainbow Harbor, the Downtown skyline and Queen Mary oceanliner. For a unique event experience that will mystify and enlighten guests to the wonders of the Pacific Ocean, the entire aquarium can accommodate groups approximately 1,500 or more.

Long Beach Museum of Art
2300 East Ocean Blvd. Long Beach, CA 90803
Contact: Special Events Coordinator, (562) 439-2119

Housed in a 1912 mansion and featuring a sculpture garden and a wonderful art collection, the Museum of Art provides a unique setting for receptions and private parties, etc. A new 12,000-square foot building was completed in September, which accommodates the Museum's primary exhibition space, including a large ocean view room for meetings, lectures and receptions for up to 170 people. The sculpture garden can accommodate a reception up to 950 people and the Board Room and Gallery can accommodate a reception up to 50 people.

Queen Mary
1126 Queens Highway Long Beach, CA 90802
Contact: Group Sales Manager, (562) 435-3511

Rich in history and tradition, and renowned for her classic Art Deco splendor, the Queen Mary provides a stimulating and unique environment for any business or social event. Host your most important meeting amid the impressive ambience and first-class grandeur of the Queen Mary which offers complete meeting, conference and banquet facilities with over 85,000 square feet of flexible function space. Whether it's a small meeting or intimate gathering for 10, a banquet for 200, or a full conference for 2,000, the Queen Mary's professional, dedicated staff makes planning seem almost effortless.

Skyroom Restaurant
210 E. Ocean Blvd. Long Beach, CA 90802
(562) 983-2703

Step back into the Art Deco era and return to supper club nights of the 30's and 40's. High above the City, the 15th floor restaurant features live music, dancing, and stunning 360-degree views of the City. The Restaurant can accommodate 210 people, the downstairs Empire Ball Room can accommodate up to 300, and the downstairs Palm Room can accommodate up to 250.

The following provide facilities for special events only

Madison Restaurant
102 Pine Avenue Long Beach, CA 90802
Contact: Ashlee Eagle, (562) 628-8866

From the moment you pass through the soaring columns and into the reception area at The Madison, you realize you are about to partake in an experience that is not easily matched for elegance and style. Located inside one of California's architectural marvels, The Madison is a tribute to the majestic interiors of an ageless, grander America. The Madison accommodates private parties from 10 to 400 and does outside catering.

Japanese Garden - California State University Long Beach
1250 Bellflower Blvd. Long Beach, CA 90804
Contact: Lynette Gahafer, (562) 985-8885

This beautiful 1.3-acre garden features a traditional entry gate, teahouse, waterfalls, a pond, and two bridges. It can accommodate groups up to 300 for a reception or 200 for a seated event.