LA’s downtown United Artists Theatre for sale
LOS ANGELES, CA — Long a church, the United Artists Theatre is back on the market and the Los Angeles Theatre Foundation is hoping it gets the right buyer.
When Scott died in 2005, his widow, Melissa Scott, decided to move the empire north to their Glendale campus. They are now selling the theater with its 12-story office tower for $12 million (dropped from $15) and Wright wants more than anything to buy it. His plans are to turn the UA back into an entertainment venue for films and/or live performances because he believes the grandiose décor honors performers and inspires the audience. Although the 28-foot stage can’t accommodate big productions, he says there are other theaters that can. So the UA would host medium sized productions or movies.
There’s plenty of room inside the palatial interior. The 2,214 seat theater was Mary Pickford’s personal pet project and the silent movie starlet lifted the gothic details from the Spanish Cathedral at Segovia, adorning archways and windows with sculpted facades and ornate plasterwork. The vaulted ceilings and walls are painted with frescos of the UA founders. There’s even an orchestra pit that used to house a manual Wurlitzer theater pipe organ (removed in 1955).
Read more in the Wall Street Journal.