The Millennium Biltmore Hotel Los Angeles was designed in the style of the Spanish-Italian Renaissance and opened in 1923 to national acclaim as the largest hotel west of Chicago; it was designated a Historical Cultural Landmark by the City of Los Angeles in 1969.
The legendary 11-story structure was designed by famed New York City architectural firm Schultze & Weaver, known for the Waldorf-Astoria and Park Lane hotels, and the cathedral-like ceilings hand-painted by Italian artist Giovanni Smeraldi of White House and Vatican fame. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences held their founding banquet in the Crystal Ballroom in 1927, where the original “Oscar” statuette was sketched on a Biltmore napkin, and eight Academy Awards banquets were subsequently held in the Biltmore Bowl during the 1930’s. The hotel was also the host for the 1960 Democratic National Convention and the 1984 Summer Olympic games. 17 meeting and banquet rooms are resplendent with hand-oiled wood paneling, ornate carvings, vivid frescoes and sparkling crystal chandeliers. Countless movies and television shows have been shot at the Millennium Biltmore, including Bugsy, Chinatown, Ghostbusters, Ocean’s 11, Wedding Crashers, Dreamgirls, The Soloist, The West Wing, 24, Nip/Tuck, Boston Legal, CSI: New York and Heroes.