Pepperdine University: California Banquet Halls & Conference Centers In Malibu - Unique Venues
Pepperdine University

Pepperdine University

Unique Venue Features

  • Winner: Filming
  • Best of Awards - Unique Venues

Event Types Welcomed

  • Expo/Competitions
  • Professional Meeting / Training / Conference / Retreats
  • Youth Retreat/Camps


Pepperdine University offers an ideal location for conferences, ceremonies, summer camps, filming, and other special events. Nestled between the Pacific Ocean and the Santa Monica Mountains, Pepperdine University offers a truly unique backdrop for any event.  For those staying on campus,  the University boasts a variety of housing choices and a full-service cafeteria, as well as catering.  We would love the opportunity to partner with you and host your event at this world-class location.

Pepperdine Conference Service Offers:

  • Overnight accommodations for groups ranging from 10 to 2,000 are available onsite at Pepperdine.
  • A 348-seat Outdoor Amphitheatre – The Amphitheatre 
  • A 390-seat Lecture Hall – Elkins Auditorium
  • A 448-seat Theatre – Smothers Theatre
  • A 5,000-seat Gymnasium – Firestone Field House FFH
  • One Olympic-size-swimming pool – Raleigh Runnels Memorial Pool 
  • 19 Tennis Courts – Lighting Included 

Please reach out to determine the availability of various locations on campus.  Normal University business and previously scheduled University events may limit availability, but Special Programs is happy to work with you on finding a mutually beneficial solution.

Please do not hesitate to reach out with any questions that you may have.  We are here to serve you!

Schedule a time to come visit our campus, as you surely will not be disappointed!

Located on the coast approximately 20 miles north of Los Angeles Int’l Airport.

Find Us Online

Meeting & Event Spaces

  • Max Capacity: 450 guests
  • Largest Classroom Style: 54
  • Largest Theatre Style: 450
  • Largest Auditorium Seating: 399
  • Maximum Casual Dining Seating: 600
Alumni Park
Alumni Park spans the length of Pepperdine's campus on 2 sides. It boasts a beautiful 30-acre expanse of lawns, rolling hills, ponds, and coral trees. There are 2 ponds, which are actually open reservoirs (about 40,000 square feet each) of reclaimed water. Athletic events or group activities can be held on the flat areas and picnics can be held under the scenic coral trees lining the crest of the park.
Elkins Auditorium
Elkins has a capacity of 399 and tiered seating with fold-up desks allowing for easy note taking. There is a lower stage area to allow for groups to present. A multimedia audio-visual equipment and sound room is also available along with AV equipment needed for a professional presentation.
Rockwell Dining Center
Meals are served in the Rockwell Dining Center, which seats 600 people and has stunning ocean view with indoor and outdoor seating available. It has a variety of dining options for everyone, accommodating all allergy and dietary restrictions. Special catered events can easily be arranged for additional charges.
Runnels Swimming Pool
The Runnels Swimming Pool is the site of the 1984 Olympic Games water polo competition. The Olympic-sized pool ranges from 3'6" to 16 feet in depth, equipped with one- and three-meter diving boards plus a large jacuzzi. There are eight lanes running the long course and seventeen lanes running the short course. Lifeguards are on duty whenever groups reserve use of the pool.
Firestone Fieldhouse
The Firestone Fieldhouse is a multipurpose athletic facility, accommodating volleyball, basketball, and other athletic events. It can also be a meeting place (when folding chairs are placed on the court), seating up to 5,000 for concerts, graduations, and lectures. There are permanent seating runs along two sides of the arena with retractable bleachers below seating up to 1,800 (900 per side) and fixed seating up to 1,250 (625 per side). It has a wooden floor playing surface and is often limited use because it is the only gym on campus- please inquire for availability.
Smothers Theatre
Smothers Theatre, the University's premiere and largest performing arts theater, accommodates audiences of up to 450. A professional in-house technical crew will be present to utilize the theatre's technical equipment including lighting, sound, and more. A green room, dressing room, restrooms, and technical booths are available. Load-in can be at stage level using scene shop at the rear of the building.
Lindhurst Thetatre
The Center for the Arts is also home to Lindhurst Theatre, a flexible black box theater space used for intimate performances (seating 50 to 100) with limited sets and simple lighting effects. Lindhurst is also used as a rehearsal, backstage/dressing room, studio or lecture space.
Ratio Recital Hall
The Raitt Recital Hall is available for more personal recitals and music performances and has seating capacity for 118.

Food & Beverage Options

Beginning on August 1, 2022, Pepperdine University unveiled a new on-campus dining and catering experience through Bon Appétit Management Company, the University’s new dining services provider. Bon Appétit ushers in a new era of dining with a renewed focus on Pepperdine’s values of fellowship and joy over shared meals. The restaurant company is succeeding Sodexo, which partnered with Pepperdine for more than four decades providing exceptional hospitality services.

Overall the new campus dining and catering experiences has a renewed focus on foundational values—a simple kitchen philosophy focused on cooking from scratch using locally produced, seasonal ingredients; an innovative approach to menu development, and a dedication to using whole foods as the foundation of a healthful diet; diverse menu offerings that accommodate a variety of dining restrictions and allergen concerns; and a commitment to sustainability and responsible food sourcing whenever possible—thoughtfully developed by the Bon Appétit team.

To learn more about Bon Appétit and the new offerings, visit the Pepperdine University Dining website.


  • Total Number of Overnight Guests: 2,000
  • Number of Overnight Rooms: 1,000
  • Wi-Fi in Guest Rooms: Yes
  • Wi-Fi Guest Room Cost : $0
Overnight Room Attributes
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • Washer/Dryer
  • WiFi


Featured Amenities

  • A/V Equipment
  • Accessible Facilities
  • Car Charging Station Car Charging Station
  • Chairs
  • Complimentary Parking
  • Eco-Friendly
  • In-House Catering
  • Laundry
  • Near Water
  • Overnight Rooms
  • Pool
  • Scenic Views
  • Sports Facilities
  • Tables
  • Theater Seating
  • WiFi

Venue Location + Transportation


24255 Pacific Coast Highway,
Malibu, California 90263


  • BusBus
  • LyftLyft
  • UberUber

Nearby Airport

  • Los Angeles International Airport - 30 minutes

Nearby International Airport

  • Los Angeles International Airport - 30 minutes


  • Onsite Parking: Yes
  • Car Charging Stations: Yes

Nearby Cities

Santa Monica – 12|Los Angeles – 25|Santa Barbara – 60

Things to Know


  • Must Use In-house Catering: No
  • External Catering Allowed: Yes
  • Can Bring in Own Food: yes
  • Cultural Catering Available: Yes
  • Food and Beverage Onsite: Yes
  • Do you offer tables, chairs, and linens?: Yes


Available upon request.

  • Guest Wi-Fi: Free
  • Onsite Tech Support: Yes
  • Wi-Fi in meeting space: Yes
  • Equipment Available On-Site:
    • LCD Projectors
    • Projector Screen
    • Microphones
    • Sound System

Venue Policies

  • Alcohol Consumption: No
  • Smoking Permitted: no
  • Cannabis Industry-Friendly: No
  • Cannabis Consumption: No
  • Eco Friendly: Yes
  • ADA Accessible: Yes
  • Family Friendly: Yes
  • Pet Friendly: No