The Millennium Biltmore Hotel is an amazing wedding location! If you are looking for a dramatic elegant venue, this could be your spot. It is considered the grandest example of classic architecture in downtown Los Angeles. At its opening in 1923, it was the largest hotel west of Chicago, with a lobby three stories high. The public areas are a work of art, hand designed and painted, full of history and culture and charm. The Millennium Biltmore Hotel is designated a Historic Cultural Landmark by the City of Los Angeles.
The Biltmore is known for once being a home to the Oscars. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences was founded at a luncheon banquet in the Crystal Ballroom in May 1927, when guests like Louis B. Mayer met to discuss plans for the new organization and presenting achievement awards to colleagues in their industry. Legend has it that MGM art director Cedric Gibbons, who was in attendance, immediately grabbed a linen Biltmore napkin and sketched the design for the Oscar statue on it. In 1977 Bob Hope hosted the Academy’s 50th Anniversary banquet in the same room.