Smashbox Studios Est. 1995

8549 Higuera Street , Culver City , California, United States

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Founded by Max Factor's heirs, this space is an iconic and creative hub for world-renowned directors, photographers and dare we say it... party planners? That's right. You heard us.
After undergoing an extensive renovation, this remodel is both intimate for your real real goods or large enough to host your next red carpet gala. Centrally located in the heart of Culver City, this iconic space is a blank canvas for your celebration creativity.
The Lowdown
Type
Art Gallery
Banquet Hall / Event Facility
Loft / Warehouse Building
Other
Views
Landscaped Grounds
Style
Casual
Contemporary
Industrial
Modern
Urban
BEST type of CELEBRATIONS
Birthday Party
Charity Event
Corporate Event
Dinner Party
Holiday Party
LGBT Weddings
Rehearsal Dinner / Welcome Reception
Social Event
Wedding Ceremony
Wedding Reception

Venue Setting

Founded in 1990 by Dean and Davis Factor, great grandsons of acclaimed Hollywood makeup artist Max Factor, Smashbox is known throughout the industry as a hub for world-class photographers and directors to shoot important content for major magazines, ad campaigns, music & entertainment projects and brand visuals. In 1996 Dean and Davis launched Smashbox Cosmetics that has become the leading trend-setting global brand. The 25,000 square foot facility returns as the premier creative destination and event location in LA.
Fees
(Prices listed here are estimates only & are subject to change)
Price Range

Does this include catering fees?

No

Additional Charges

Valet & Security required and can be provided by venue.

Insurance

Additional Insurance Is Required To Host An Event At This Venue

Capacity

Seated
250
Buffet
250
Standing
860
Celebrations Hosted Here Since
1995
Curfew
No Curfew
Venue Spaces
Indoor & Outdoor Venue Spaces Available
Catering
Client Must Select A Caterer From The List Provided By The Venue
Alcohol
Licensed Server Is Required
Music
Indoors & Outdoors
Smoking
Designated Smoking Areas Only
Accommodations
Makeup Dressing Rooms & VIP Lounges
Eco/Green Events
Yes
Pet-Friendly Events
Yes
Kid Friendly Events
Yes
Handicap Accessible
Yes
Amenities
  • A/V Equipment
  • Bridal Suite/Changing Rooms Onsite
  • Street Parking
  • Valet Parking
  • Wifi
  • Ample Parking Onsite
  • Onsite Restrooms
Venue Features
The Scene:
Smashbox Studios is a world class photo and video studio that doubles as an event venue, located in the heart of LA’s westside in Culver City. Offering state-of-the-art design and technology, the studios can be configured in any way to meet your special event needs. Smashbox is ideal for private events, red carpet galas and anything in between.
Design:
Smashbox Studios was completely renovated in 2014 by Gensler. The midcentury modern studios include mezzanines/VIP rooms, large windows and landscaped outdoor spaces.
Standout Venue Features:
-iPad controlled studios -World-class cafe/bar -Commercial Kitchen
Extra Perks:
-Professional Hair and makeup rooms
-Kitchenettes in all studios
Awards & Notables -LABJ Award for Best Redesign Project in Los Angeles, 2015 - LABC Los Angeles Award of Excellence for Interiors -As seen on The Hills -As seen on America's Next Top Model -Home of LA Fashion Week
Celebration Locations
Lightbox:
Lightbox is one of the most desirable and exclusive studios in LA. Drenched in southern, western and eastern light, it is a truly unique space for events. The studio also features a 300 square foot VIP Mezzanine and a stunning 750 square foot private patio.
- View: Baldwin Hills
- Max Capacity: 228
- Price: Join the party and sign in to view pricing
Softbox:
Softbox gets its name from the amazing, soft, western light that pours into the studio. The studio and its large, outdoor patio make for an exceptional event space.
- View: Hayden Tract
- Max Capacity: 142
- Price: Join the party and sign in to view pricing
Blackbox:
Blackbox boasts 22’ ceilings complete with a grid making it an ideal space for lighting setups.
- View: NA
- Max Capacity: 129
- Price: Join the party and sign in to view pricing
Bigbox:
Bigbox is the ultimate in versatility and largest stage featuring 5100 square feet. Adjacent to Bigbox is a large parking lot that can be used as additional event space and capacity.
- Max Capacity: 255
- Price: Join the party and sign in to view pricing
The Annex - Off Site:
Smashbox Annex is a large private facility located just a mile down the road from the Smashbox Studios main campus, a stand alone studio featuring 4,250 square feet.
- Max Capacity: 150
- Price: Join the party and sign in to view pricing
Lobby:
Relax, work or socialize in Smashbox Studios’ reception area. Home to a world-class bar and cafe, fully stocked Creative Library and a commercial kitchen, this space is ideal for hosting events. During shoots, come kick back at the cafe while you charge up and browse the library.
- Max Capacity: 106
- Price: Join the party and sign in to view pricing
VENDOR VERIFIED TIPS

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LA Icon Smashbox Studios Has A New Look We Love: All-White and Mid-Century Modern
Jake Kilroy
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VENUE:
Smashbox Studios
LOCATION:
Culver City , California
TYPE
STYLE
SETTINGS
Studio
Artistically Transformative
Contemporary Creative Cave
REPORTER: Jake Kilroy
LA Icon Smashbox Studios Has A New Look We Love:  All-White and Mid-Century Modern
LA Icon Smashbox Studios Has A New Look We Love:  All-White and Mid-Century Modern
LA Icon Smashbox Studios Has A New Look We Love:  All-White and Mid-Century Modern

The Report

In the City of Angels, there awaits a pristine white space where anything’s possible. It’s been home to stylish weddings, modern art exhibits, grandiose parties, red-carpet events, fashion shows, innovator showcases, and pretty much any kind of magazine, ad, or creative photoshoot you can imagine. It’s blessed in its space and generous with its abilities.

We’re of course talking about Smashbox Studios.

Hailed as a west coast gem—an impressive feat in a big state’s big city known for its populace of artists and those aiming to be—Smashbox Studios is the real deal. Taking 25 years of experience in pioneering photo, video, and studio technology and putting it to grand use, the partnership behind this iconic next-level space has rightfully led to a well-earned reputation as the premier creative destination and event location in the greater Los Angeles area.

Whether you’re going for a stunningly decorated picture-perfect special day or a radiant night of legendary fun and chic furnishings, this is the place to be.

Photos by Vitae Weddings | Styled by Jason Rhee of Rheefined Company | Hair & Make Up: MakeUp Therapy | Gown: JLM Couture | Tux: Friar Tux | Catering: Made by Meg | Florist: Fiore Designs | Rentals: Choura Event Rentals | Lighting: Lighten Up Inc.

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