Architectural Photo of Sanctuary

Award Winning Historic Landmark Event Venue for Corporate, Wedding, and Social Events

Chef Run Historic Landmark Venue in downtown Long Beach hosting 100 - 1000 guests

Award Winning Historic Landmark Event Venue for Corporate, Wedding, and Social Events

Chef Run Historic Landmark Venue in downtown Long Beach hosting 100 - 1000 guests


Gorgeous Historic Venue

Landmark Venue Built in 1913

Picture a stunning seting with classic architecture and fixtures with plenty of spaces for your guests to engage in experiences or deep conversations

Creative Culinary

Gourmet Chef-Run F&B Experiences

Elevate your event with thematic/ creative menus, experiential elements, and the best ingredients by an experienced high end catering team

Hospitality First

Built-in Approches to Put Hosts and Guests at Ease

Bring energy and excitement to your events with a team focused on warm service, eliminating lines/ queues, and ensuring people feel cared for. This is a space where we truly care that people connect.

An Award Winning Historic Landmark Events Venue With A Grand Ballroom

440 Elm offers a beautiful historic landmark building with elegant finishes as a backdrop for your wedding, corporate, or social event. Built in a Renaissance Revival style, we offer the classic elegance of large columns, numerous arches, gorgeous stained glass, black and white tile, and other picture-worthy elements suited to a high end corporate event or luxury wedding. We offer a private facility that services one event at a time, which creates flexibility and privacy for your guests.

Our combination of a large ballroom in our Sanctuary and a large outdoor event space in our Plaza provides a rare urban venue that can handle large weddings, galas, and red carpet affairs.

Our Approach to Hosting Corporate, Wedding, and Social Events

440 Elm works well for events seeking a beautiful space with incredible hospitality. As a venue owned by a custom caterer, we believe that life’s most special occasions come to life from a combination of creativity, hospitality, an inspiring environment, and best-in-class event professionals.

We offer a creative canvas where our in-house services – gourmet catering, professional staffing, bar service and event production – create a foundation that allows you to focus on the details that matter most to you. You are not locked into inflexible packages where the venue recreates the same event over and over again. Instead, you are working with a committed, creative, and design-oriented team that will provide the structure, tools and vision to make your custom tailored event just right for you!

We are a single-event at a time facility, so there will not be onsite guests staying on property or other events mixing with your event.


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440 Elm Photos

Wedding Setup with Dance Floor
The Sanctuary
Black and White Foyer
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Bride in Foyer
Parlor Rendering with Dining Setup
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Stained Glass Window
Front Courtyard at Night
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A Historic Landmark Event Venue

440 Elm is an architectural gem built by renowned architect Elmer Grey in 1913 as the First Church of Christ Scientist. It was immediately recognized by the architectural community for as a significant example of Renaissance Revival architecture in a monumental church building. It was part of a burgeoning Christian Science congregation in Long Beach that filled the facility with 1200 worshippers upstairs and 1000 Sunday school participants downstairs on Sundays as soon as it opened. It changed hands in 1989 as it transitioned to the First Christian Church due to the demolition of their historic church building.

As one of the few large church structures that survived the 1933 earthquake in Long Beach, it was recognized as a historic landmark by ordinance of the city council in 1990.

As of 2022, Bite Catering Couture has embarked on an adaptive reuse of the building as a banquet hall and event space for weddings, corporate and social events. As one of the largest such historic spaces in Southern California, 440 Elm looks to continue a > 100 year role in convening the community around important events and celebrating life's milestones with family and friends.


Amenities

440 Elm offers a glamorous newly renovated historic venue for a single event at a time (generally up to 500 for events with seated dining or 900 in folding chairs or standing). We have multiple spaces:

  • a large ballroom with 30' ceilings and light streaming through three stories of stained glass
  • a outdoor plaza with several configurations of ceremony space or for activations
  • a black and white checkered foyer coming off of large dual staircases with large landings
  • an exposed brick lounge with a platform well suited to a band, panel, or other highlight
  • a grand courtyard within our classic columns
  • a beautiful chef's garden filled with flower-covered arbors and the pleasant sound of dual water fountains


Conveniently Located Between Los Angeles and Orange County in Long Beach

We serve the Long Beach, Los Angeles, and Orange County markets as a rare historic non-hotel property with large indoor and outdoor spaces. Located conveniently in the East Village Arts District of downtown Long Beach, we are about a mile from the Long Beach Convention Center and within walking distance to numerous hotels, restaurants, and attractions. We are a quick drive to the Long Beach Aquarium, Shoreline Drive, and the Pike Shopping area in the Downtown District. We are conveniently located about 15 minutes from the Long Beach Airport (LGB) and roughly 30 minutes from both Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) and John Wayne Airport in Irvine (SNA). Our customers tend to be based in nearby locations including Manhattan Beach, Beverly Hills/ Brentwood, Downtown LA, Newport Beach, and Irvine.

Parking options are plentiful nearby and we would be happy to discuss shuttle and valet services relevant to guests coming from a number of potential local destinations.


Booking an Event at 440 Elm

There are a few steps involved in booking an event at 440 Elm.

1) Initial Consultation: A quick “fit” conversation to make sure what we do and the event you're putting together look like they make sense together. This may include a virtual 3D tour.

2) Tour: Tour 440 Elm in-person (we can accommodate destination and out-of-town planners with the virtual tour in greater depth)

3) Secure the Date: We operate on a first-to-book model so we need to reserve the date prior to getting into all the details.

4) Tailor to Suit: We'll work with you in a design-oriented fashion on a detailed timeline to get all the elements put in place at the right level.

5) Enjoy your Event: A well-planned event gives you the chance to enjoy your day and spend time with your clients, family, colleagues, and whomever else was lucky enough to get invited!

Our Location (Open by Appt Only)
440 Elm
440 Elm Ave
Long Beach, CA 90802

Phone: (562)267-3386

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