At ELA, students can enjoy the “suite life” on one of two multi-level towers. Among the amenities available to students: a communal outdoor terrace complete with fire pit and gas grills, penthouse kitchen space with televisions, yoga/meditation and fitness center, laundry room, underground parking, and awesome views of the Hollywood sign and downtown Los Angeles.

ELA also houses interactive classrooms, performance and rehearsal studios with dance floors and professional lighting, high-tech computer labs, study areas, a theater-style screening room, an industry-standard audio mixing suite, and more. ELA also houses a multi-purpose event space and a long-distance learning center.

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Screening Room

Named for the family of alumnus and ELA Founding Director Kevin Bright ’76, the Bright Family Screening room can seat up to 46 people and is the perfect place to experience film in an intimate, cozy setting in one of Hollywood’s most sophisticated venues.   Capabilities:
  • 4K Projection
  • 7.1 Dolby Surround Sound
  • Direct connection to Mac Mini for Internet and server access
  • Tech support available at additional cost

Bill Bordy Media Conference Center

An ideal space for holding major events or seminars, this assembly room was named after alumnus Bill Bordy '58 and can seat up to 200 people. With cutting-edge AV technology and two projection screens, this versatile room can be set up in a variety of ways to meet your event’s needs.
  • Versatile space that can be set up in many ways, including filled with long banquet tables, round banquet tables, set up for a cocktail reception, assembled with chairs to hold a lecture or seminar/panel, or left empty
  • Two projection screens synced up to podium
  • Presentation podium with built-in speaker system and direct or wireless laptop connections

Di Bona Family Distance Learning Center

A sophisticated, theater style lecture hall named in honor of the family of alumnus Vin Di Bona ’66, the Di Bona Family Distance Learning Center can seat up to 56 people. An ideal space for panel discussions or intimate seminars. Capabilities:
  • Wheelchair lift access
  • Individual microphones built into each seat for video conferencing
  • Presentation podium with direct and wireless laptop connection

Outdoor Terrace, 2nd Floor

The Outdoor Terrace on the second floor features the best views of ELA’s unique architecture. Guests will be blown away by the modern open space, which can be set up for lectures, live performances, cocktail receptions, and filled with round or long banquet tables. With built-in speakers and ambience lighting, the Outdoor Terrace is the perfect space to accommodate any event with a capacity of 250 people. The space has hosted cocktail receptions, large brunches, and cabaret performances. Capabilities:
  • Wireless microphone and built-in speakers
  • Built-in lighting for night ambience
  • Power hook-ups scattered throughout the space
  • Adjacent to the Bill Bordy Media Conference Center, Dressing Rooms, Rehearsal and Performance Studios
  • Partial coverage in case of rain
  • Open space for staging and other event rental possibilities

Rehearsal & Performance Studios

Two performance studios offer versatile and soundproofed spaces for actors, singers, dancers, filmmakers, and more for film shoots, photo shoots, or rehearsals. Capabilities:
  • Full lighting grid with three-phase power
  • Ballet bar and full-length mirror
  • Dressing room available separately

Rental Information

Thousands of people have toured the award-winning Emerson Los Angeles building and admired its stunning architecture. Why not use the state-of-the-art facility to host your next event? Contact Mandla Daley for more information at