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The Park Plaza Hotel in Los Angeles is the setting for the biggest Roaring 20s party of the year, honoring the classic tale written by F. Scott Fitzgerald almost 100 years ago.
During the time of Prohibition, the Speakeasy was born and all levels of society began to party behind closed doors. Join us as we take you back to the Roaring 20's and re-create the feeling of days gone by. Taking place at the historic Park Plaza Hotel on Saturday, Dec 1st, this event will feature beautiful Art Deco decor, specialty cocktails, music, dancing and a few surprises. Feel free to dress in theme for this event as costumes are encouraged (but not required).
In one room, Vaud and the Villains is 19 piece 1930s New Orleans orchestra and cabaret, an Americana Noir meets Moulin Rouge. A genre bending spectacle at once seedy and inspiring, gritty and sublime. Bring your wretched souls, your sins and your dancing feet, they will save you and you will never be the same.
In the “Old Gatsby” ballroom they will feature the Elliot Deutsch Big Band, playing traditional swing and jazz.
For those with more contemporary taste, the “New Gatsby” ballroom will feature DJ Rigo, playing Top 40, hip hop, etc.
Food trucks will be on hand to sell some of LA’s best street food, and VIP attendees will be able to sip and sample from dozens of whiskeys, gins, and other spirit, as well as cocktails inclusive with admission. The New Amsterdam shave lounge will also provide free shaves, shoe shines, and manicures.
The Park Plaza Hotel has played host to some of the most Hollywood elite and has been used in a variety of motion pictures, television series and commercials. Park Plaza was built in 1925 by the Elks to be used as lodge number 99. The building, done in the Neo-Gothic style, was created by renowned art deco architect Claud Beelman. The pool area hosted many indoor swimming events during the 1932 Summer Olympics. Eventually, the Elks sold the building, and the building ended up being transformed into a luxury hotel, set perfectly then on the shores of what was a very glamorous MacArthur Park. The City of Los Angeles thought the architecture significantly important enough to warrant a City of Los Angeles Cultural Affairs Department Historic-Cultural Monument No. 267. This is significant in that many other Wilshire Boulevard area landmarks have fallen prey to the wrecking ball over the years. Luckily, despite the demolition of important landmarks all around it, the grand entrance and ballroom of the Elk's No. 99 / Park Plaza building still bears its old "jazz age" grandeur, much to the relief of Los Angeles architectural aficianados.
Get your tickets and join us dressed in your 1920s best here: