A Look Inside Silver Lake’s Mack Sennett Studios’ Production Studios and Event Venue

Since Grammy-nominated music producer, Jesse Rogg assumed ownership of Mack Sennett Studios in 2013, its event venue and production studios have been frequented by world-famous musicians for music videos, TV production, fashion shows, and many other such commercial purposes. However, Rogg stresses the role Mack Sennett Studios has played in the cultural progress of Los Angeles for the past 100 years. It is a culture that continues to refine its identity to this day, and the studio wishes to give creative power back to local artists and community projects while providing a place to develop and exchange their ideas.Read More

Los Angeles Venue Mack Sennett Studios Hosts Second Annual Los Angeles Beer and Food Festival

Mack Sennett Studios hosted second-annual of the Los Angeles Beer and Food Festival on the last Saturday of January. It was a warm day and cool temperate evening at the Los Angeles Venue — an ideal setting for L.A.’s best up-and-coming brewers and unique food establishments to show what they’ve got.  In just one year the turnout of brew and foodies and brewers alike grew immensely and made for a lively atmosphere among the patrons.

The festival’s success was a testament to Mack Sennett Studios’ viability as both a soundstage and Los Angeles event venue that can bring local luminaries together in a fun and festive way. A live DJ spinning all-vinyl, an intimate indoor lighting and seating arrangement, and a row of tents with a farmers market feel made it a welcoming showcase for the L.A. region’s small businesses to put their best foot forward.  The host organization was the Los Angeles County Brewers’ Guild.

 

The layout of the event was intricate but walkable.  A mix of brew and food sampling tables lined the interior walls of the Mack Sennett’s historic soundstage and production studio areas.  Along the hallway walls, patrons would often stop to appreciate some of the iconic names of film, TV, and music that have graced the studio space.  

Potent Potables

Santa Monica Brew Works was a standout in the main soundstage.  My colleague and I tried both the IPA selection and the PCH— which is a play on words with the iconic highway that runs long their brewery and “Pale Chocolate Heaven”, which describes the defining caramel and chocolate flavor of the porter beer.  

 

The Frogtown brewery right across the reservoir in Silver Lake was one of the hyper-local and more delicious brew samples at the event.  Both of their selections, ‘War on Sobriety’ and ‘Third Base Belgian (double IPA and Belgian varieties, respectively) had alcohol percentages of 10%, but were very sippable and finished with flavor.  Their head brewer located right along the L.A. river on the 5 freeway and offers tastings.  

Some of the more-notable breweries on hand were Angel City Brewery and Arts District Brewing, which showed off some of their new offerings.    

For Foodies

A local favorite, Silver Lake’s own Fat Dragon, showed off a tasty variation of their dragon noodles in a sweet and spicy red sauce.  My colleague came up with the clever idea of mixing the noodles in the oyster pail it was served in with the pork belly bites that were served up by the Twisted Oak Tavern.   

Another big hit for the foodies was the Wolf Creek Brewery in Santa Clarita, who served up an array of food samples to compliment their craft beers, including Ale Mac and Cheese and a banana pudding that quickly ran out every time a new platter arrived.   

 

The 2018 Beer and Food Festival demonstrated all the guests the extent of which a soundstage and photo shoot area can be made into a great event venue for a party or conference.  If you visit MackSennettStudios.net, you can see the world of creative arrangements that can be made of a little square block space in Silver Lake. Everything from album launch parties, Netflix Premiers, conferences, and concerts can be made out of the space. 

 

 

EVENT: E&J Brandy’s Generations of Soul

On Thursday April 2nd we welcomed B.J. The Chicago Kid, Raphael Saadiq and Lee Fields into our studio for the Generations of Soul event, celebrating E&J Brandy’s 40th anniversary. Click here for more photos.

EVENT: SOHO HOUSE NEW YEARS EVE

Mack Sennett Studios rang in the New Year at The Soho House West Hollywood…this year not as guests, but as the producers of this incredible event! When Soho House decided the were going to have a 1920’s themed NYE party, they knew who to call. We dug deep into our basements and picked up tons of authentic “Old Hollywood” items to work into the decor. Some highlights included the “old timey” pull-lever that operated the elevator for the night, and the secret entrance through a bookshelf wall that was used as the main door to the speakeasy themed party. We also had a great time booking the night’s talent, including Warpaint, Le Youth, Christian Rich, Mack Sennett Studios’ very own Owner Golden Touch, and more! It was certainly a NYE to remember and we look forward to working with the Soho House events team again!

 

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EVENT: ECHO PARK CRAFT FAIR

On Saturday December 13 & Sunday December 14th Mack Sennett Studios welcomes back the Echo Park Craft Fair! This year over 70 of the most innovative, high-quality arts vendors in Southern California will be gathering together to sell their goods. Founded by Beatrice Valenzuela and Rachel Craven, the Echo Park Craft Fair originated as communal space to showcase and nurture the many talented artists living in their inspired community on the Eastside of Los Angeles. Many of these original vendors have evolved alongside the event to become established, celebrated brands. Don’t miss your opportunity to visit this year’s fair to see all the incredible hand crafted items that are on display and support local artists while taking care of holiday gift shopping! The EPCF will run from Noon-6PM Saturday Dec 13 and Sunday Dec 14. A portion of the proceeds go to 826 LA – A non profit writing and tutoring center in Echo Park.

 

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EVENT: CHET FAKER FOR REDBULL’S 30 DAYS IN LA

On Saturday November 29th RedBull Sound Select brought Aussie darling Chet Faker to Mack Sennett Studios for an extremely sold out show. This performance was the second to last in RedBull’s 30 Days in LA event series, and it’s safe to say we saw that they went out with a bang! Everyone from label execs to music bloggers to fans packed out Stage 1 for the openers Denitia & Sene, James Supercave, and stayed to dance and sing along to Chet Faker’s Built on Glass. Read a review of the event here and get a full rundown of all of RedBull’s 30 Days in LA here.

 

EVENT: CHET FAKER FOR REDBULL'S 30 DAYS IN LA

On Saturday November 29th RedBull Sound Select brought Aussie darling Chet Faker to Mack Sennett Studios for an extremely sold out show. This performance was the second to last in RedBull’s 30 Days in LA event series, and it’s safe to say we saw that they went out with a bang! Everyone from label execs to music bloggers to fans packed out Stage 1 for the openers Denitia & Sene, James Supercave, and stayed to dance and sing along to Chet Faker’s Built on Glass. Read a review of the event here and get a full rundown of all of RedBull’s 30 Days in LA here.

 

EVENT: HENDRICKS’ GIN EMPORIUM OF THE UNUSUAL

On November 20th the Hendricks’ Gin team “in cheery defiance of the mundane” turned Mack Sennett Studios into their signature Emporium of the Unusual.  These traveling events, in which Hendricks’ “inadvertently shift the world’s balance of the normal to the ODD”, “curates an an assemblage of curiosities for the mind and palate”. This was by far one of the most breathtakingly creative and extremely entertaining events we’ve had the pleasure of hosting at our studio and we strongly suggest you sign up for Hendricks’ list to receive an invite to the next one!

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EVENT RECAP: SCION’S PRE-SEMA PARTY

Last week, we had the pleasure of hosting Scion’s Pre-SEMA party where they previewed 7 brand new Scion cars before heading off to the SEMA showcase in Vegas. This industry only event celebrated the Scion Turner Challenge, debuting the finished Scion FR-S Release Series 1.0 Competition Cars. Included in the mix was Super Street’s Rocket Bunny, The GT Channel FR-S, and the “70’s-tastic” Scion x Riley Hawk Skate tour xB that was inspired by Tony Hawk’s 21 year old son Riley. Check out more photos of each of the cars on display at scionracing.com

EVENT RECAP: THE CW’S ‘SUPERNATURAL’ 200TH EPISODE CELEBRATION

Last night, in celebration of their 200th episode, the cast and crew of the CW’s Supernatural treated 200 lucky fans to an advance screening of next week’s episode. Writers and stars of the show participated in a live panel discussion and Q&A as a surprise to the fans. They also experienced an interactive tour of Mack Sennett Studios’ basement and found themselves in an art gallery in Mabel’s Speakeasy featuring artwork from the show. Execs from The CW joined in on the fun which included catering by Boyz In The Kitchen, freshly popped popcorn, and two surprise live performances in the newly remodeled Woodshop. This event was top secret so no photos were allowed (other than a few Instagram posts we found posted by the fans themselves…Shhh!)

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