The Velaslavasay Panorama is housed in the Union Theatre, a historic neighborhood cinema built in 1915.
Velaslavasay Panorama is proud to participate in the cultural and artistic identity of the great city of Los Angeles, known the world over as an entertainment capital and the center of magnetic showmanship and spectacle.
The Lowdown Venue Setting
The Velaslavasay Panorama is housed in the Union Theatre, a historic neighborhood cinema built in 1910 with a neon marquee, enchanting garden, vintage theatre space and 360-degree painted panorama viewing hall. Set in the historic West Adams District near Downtown LA, the Velaslavasay Panorama is proud to participate in the cultural and artistic identity of the great city of Los Angeles, known the world over as an entertainment capital and the center of magnetic showmanship and spectacle.
Our current panorama-on-view is
Shengjing Panorama–a 360-degree painted panorama that depicts Shenyang, China from 1910-1930. The panorama includes an ongoing 35-minute cycle of subtly shifting light and sound, enhancing the immersive experience and drawing the visitor into a sublime illusory excursion to China over 100 years ago.
A visit to our panorama is complimented by a stroll through The Velaslavasay Garden and Grounds, featuring lush tropical plantings, a wide variety of succulents, a misting and meditation grotto, and a copper-roofed gazebo for reading and reflection. Reminiscent of the great 19th century pleasure gardens, our Grounds provide welcome respite from the everyday cares of the world.
(Prices listed here are estimates only & are subject to change)
Price Range Does this include catering fees?
Dependent on your audio-technical needs, there is a $175 technical advisor charge.
We do not have a parking lot, so valet parking services should be sought at their own charge if desired.
Events that interfere with our museum open hours (Friday, Saturday 11am-5pm) may incur additional fees. Insurance
Additional Insurance May Be Required Depending On The Event
Capacity Seated 70 Buffet N/A Standing 75 Celebrations Hosted Here Since 2005 Venue Spaces Indoor & Outdoor Venue Spaces Available Catering Client Can Select The Caterer Of Their Choice Alcohol BYO Permitted – You Can Bring Your Own Alcohol Licensed Server Is Required Accommodations One backstage-Hollywood-style dressing room.
Amenities A/V Equipment Bridal Suite/Changing Rooms Onsite Street Parking Wifi Dining Chairs Dining Tables Onsite Restrooms Venue Features The Scene:
Drawing on the illustrious history of the great panorama paintings of the 18th and 19th centuries, The Velaslavasay Panorama is an exhibition hall, theatre and garden dedicated to the production and presentation of unusual visual experiences, including those of the 360-degree variety. The Velaslavasay Panorama panoramic exhibition encircles the spectator within a fully enveloping atmosphere; a vast painting of a continuous surrounding landscape, accompanied by sound stimulation and three-dimensional elements, affords the viewer an opportunity to experience a complete sensory phenomenon.
Historically, the panorama was an immersive 360-degree painted environment, often including a three-dimensional faux terrain in the foreground of the painting to enhance the illusion of depth and simulated reality. An early ancestor of the motion picture, the captivated public would visit these paintings-in-the-round as an entertainment or novelty, much along the same lines as the cinema is seen today.
Located in Univestiy Park in the West Adams Historic District, The Velaslavasay Panorama presents to the community an art form that has been nearly lost due to the technological advancements of our time and the multitudinous variety of ways in which the public consumes mass entertainment.
In the midst of an urban expanse, the blossoming gardens of The Velaslavasay Panorama offer an oasis of lush, tropical foliage and an escape from the city's everyday toils. The ever-evolving grounds are on view to astonish and educate the public.
Central features of the garden are the variety of intoxicating flora, carnivorous plant life, and poisonous euphorbia within the garden's exquisitely wrought gazebo - a cozy, shady refuge and vantage point from which to observe the immensity of the Panorama's thriving greenery.
Standout Venue Features: The Pavilion of the Verdant Dream is a mist and meditation grotto which guests can enclose themselves in on scorching LA afternoons. The Pavilion's design draws inspiration from garden scenes described in traditional Chinese Opera, which the Velaslavasay held a series of in 2011, entitled Pursuing the Verdant Dream.
Also, the Isle of Penglai is a central waterfall reminiscent of the island home of the Eight Immortals from Chinese folklore. Including exotic banana tress and a collection of fine succulents, the grounds are a calmative pleasure for the sense as well as a delight to behold.
Extra Perks: 5 tables, 10 school-house chairs, & movable bamboo planters for decorating the garden/sit-down dining area. Awards & Notables
We have been features in LA Weekly, LA Magazine and the Huell Howser show -- twice!
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