About the California Ballroom

During the Roaring Twenties, everyone loved a party. These were the days when folks dressed to the nines for “dinner and dancing.” If you lived in the East Bay during those rollicking times, the highlight of your night on the town would probably have been doing the Charleston at the Leamington Hotel’s elegant grand ballroom. Though the Leamington is no longer in business, its Ballroom is still going strong, re-christened as the California Ballroom. Thanks to a loving renovation in 1986, an invitation to this impressive landmark—just a few blocks from picturesque Lake Merritt—is still an occasion to look forward to.

The California Ballroom is in Oakland's financial district. Built in 1926 it showcases a majestic high gold leaf ceiling, a 500 square foot stage with curtains and spotlights, and a 700 square foot dance floor, perhaps the largest in the Bay Area. The California Ballroom lends itself to buffets or sit down dinners, as well as conferences and seminars. The kitchen provides plenty of space for the caterer of your choice. Capacity for sit down dinners is 300, 350 for theater style seating and 600 for a standing reception.

When you arrive at the Ballroom, pass through a pair of wrought-iron gates that open to a walkway shaded by a burgundy awning. Once inside, stand back and take in the authentic Art Deco styling of this appealing space. The cream-colored walls contrast nicely with carpeting the color of fine claret, which gives way to the hardwood dance floor polished to a gleam. In fact, the Ballroom is quite spacious, and even if you leave plenty of room for dancing, you can still comfortably seat 250 guests for dinner. Have more guests than that? Put tables on the dance floor, and have them cleared when folks are ready to kick up their heels.

A bar, situated in a corner of the ballroom, can accommodate your beverages. The bride or other honored guests will find a lounge/changing room on the mezzanine.

Plan your next event at the California Ballroom. Contact us for more information on how we can provide all the amenities you need for your seminar, conference, reception or party.

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