Prom venue brings the glamor and history of Old Hollywood

The Millennium Biltmore is an iconic landmark in Los Angeles that has a history going back 100 years


Courtesy Biltmore Hotel

This year’s prom will be held at the Los Angeles Millennium Biltmore Hotel, known for its glamor and connection to Hollywood’s glorious past.

Kloe Gonzales

With prom right around the corner, the class of 2023 is eager and excited to spend their special night dressed up and making memories. The theme this year is “Old Money, New Memories,” and students are expected to dress in formal attire that fits in with the aesthetic of the early 1920’s.

Accommodating this theme, prom night will be hosted at the Biltmore Hotel in Los Angeles. With its grand appearance, the Biltmore is the perfect location for students to have a great time and an even better photoshoot.

The posh interior of the Biltmore was built for galas like prom. (Janet Perez)

It may excite prom goers to know more about the Biltmore’s one-of-a-kind history. Needless to say that if walls could talk, the ones in the Biltmore Hotel would have endless stories to tell.

The Biltmore opened its doors in the fall of 1923 and quickly gained its reputation as the place to be. It was given the nickname “The Host of the Coast” as a nod to all of the celebrities who had partied there. It was even discovered that the idea for the Academy Awards was conceived in the ballroom of the hotel by Peggy Hamilton. 

Throughout the 1930s, the hotel continued to build its reputation as the hangout spot of the most famous faces in Hollywood. Then in the 1940s, the second floor became a resting place for servicemen recovering from World War II. 

The 60s was a memorable time for the Biltmore. Added to the celebrity guestlist were President John F. Kennedy and The Beatles, among the most iconic celebrities of the 20th century! This was a decade of endless partying for any residents of the hotel. 

Even with all its glory and success, the Biltmore experienced its first downfall in the 1970s. Shortly after serving as host to the 50th Academy Awards, the Biltmore closed its doors and prepared for demolition. 

However, two architects, Gene Summer and Phyllis Lambert, acknowledged the beauty of the hotel and decided it was too good to give up. They put in a total of $35.4 million to buy the building and bring it back to life. Even so, this still wasn’t enough to bring it back to its original state. 

In the 1980s, once again, the Biltmore changed ownership and another $135 million helped it reignite the spark it once had. 

From this point on, the hotel has been solidified as the hotel of Hollywood’s biggest names.

As a matter of fact, you may have seen it on screen before and not even known. From 1984s film “Ghostbusters” to music videos from Taylor Swift, Britney Spears, Ed Sheeran, and Janet Jackson, the Biltmore has proved its popularity time and time again. 

Aside from the overall beauty of it all, the Biltmore has a history unlike any other.

Prom is already looking like a truly special night.