The Ebell of Los Angeles is an educational and philanthropic organization founded by women, for women in 1894. Our mission is to participate in and encourage the educational, cultural and social growth of the diverse Los Angeles community; and to conserve and protect our historic Clubhouse, collections and Wilshire Ebell Theatre.
Empowering Women Since 1894
Inspired by scholar Dr. Adrian Ebell, the Ebell of Los Angeles was founded by women, for women in 1894. The non-profit organization remains dedicated to its original mission “to interest women in the study of all branches of literature, art and science and the advancement of women in every branch of culture.” The organization’s philanthropic endeavors include awarding scholarships to students and providing grants to charities that help at-risk women and children in the Los Angeles community. The club also hosts social and cultural events that inspire and empower. It is a gathering place to connect with artists, educators, authors, entertainers, speakers and politicians. The Ebell has been honored to host diverse and outstanding women such as Amelia Earhart, the last Queen of Romania and Michelle Obama.
The Ebell of Los Angeles was designed by the architect Sumner Hunt in 1927. With three levels and 75,000 square feet, the renaissance-inspired structure is a noted architectural treasure. The building includes a grand dining room, art salon, courtyard garden, and 1,266 seat Broadway-style theater. History resonates throughout the building – the Art Salon was one of the first art galleries in Los Angeles; Judy Garland was discovered on the Wilshire Ebell Theatre stage; and in nine decades, the theatre stage has been graced by performers ranging from Elizabeth Taylor to U2. The Ebell is a favorite location for film and television productions, including “Forrest Gump” and “Mad Men,” along with countless other movies, TV shows, music videos and commercials.
The Ebell’s versatility has also made it a popular event space. It hosts weddings, B’nai Mitzvah, holiday parties, business conferences, educational seminars, film premieres, and star-studded award shows including the annual Grammy Nominee reception, Erdem X H&M and GQ Men of the Year. In addition, the Ebell regularly hosts fundraising galas including the International Myeloma Foundation Comedy Benefit, the Women of Influence Los Angeles Awards Gala and Women in Film. All profits from special events and filming goes directly towards preserving the building’s architectural heritage and helps fund the Ebell’s continuing philanthropic activities. This support allows the Club to remain accessible and inclusive of all women, regardless of social status, and also supports the educational and social services of the Club.