Theatre at the Ace Hotel

933 South Broadway,
Los Angeles, CA 90015

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hdtv267
hdtv267 on May 20, 2014 at 10:42 am

The reunion special, naming of the winner of “RuPaul’s Drag Race and wedding of season 6 contestant Josyln Fox to his husband was recorded at the Theatre at the Ace Hotel. outside view of marquee featured and the inside looks nicely re-done.

Nice to see the ‘old girl’ coming back to life!

hillsmanwright
hillsmanwright on March 25, 2014 at 5:38 pm

A new 4k projector and surround system has been installed – permanently. Ace Hotel plans to maintain the UA’s original purpose as a movie palace, in addition to live events. cinespia has an agreement with AH to stage premiere’s and special screenings.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on March 25, 2014 at 4:40 pm

If they’ve gone to the expense of installing digital equipment for the Scarlett Johannson movie they must be intending to show movies frequently. You don’t spend that much for something you’ll rarely use.

DavidZornig
DavidZornig on March 25, 2014 at 4:31 pm

Scarlett Johansson’s new film “Under The Skin” will be the first film in 25 years to premiere there.

http://www.thewrap.com/scarlett-johansson-film-under-the-skin-to-premiere-at-ace-hotel?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=contactology

Cliffs
Cliffs on February 12, 2014 at 4:17 pm

Well, they’re showing Back to the Future there on June 21st, so it looks like it will still be a movie theater, from time to time. https://www.laconservancy.org/events-tours/last-remaining-seats

CStefanic
CStefanic on January 24, 2014 at 5:00 pm

The HBS (Historical Building Society) told me it WOULD be operating as a movie theater. I am so confused.

CStefanic
CStefanic on January 24, 2014 at 4:58 pm

Just to let it be known – I drove past and spoke with one of the guys on site. The lobby and auditorium still look marvelous – I really don’t trust them with their doing!

CStefanic
CStefanic on January 24, 2014 at 4:58 pm

Bastards. They told me they were going to preserve the screen for repertory screenings. I will be really put out if this is not the case.

larc919
larc919 on January 12, 2014 at 2:39 pm

The Theatre at the Ace (former United Artists Theatre) will host its first performance on February 14, 2014, with the British rock band Spiritualized. Chalk up another resurrection! :)

oknazevad
oknazevad on January 11, 2014 at 6:32 pm

Well it’s now 2014, and the hotel on the upper floors is about to Koenig not already. Best part is they have kept the theatre for use as a performance venue, with the first concerts already scheduled. Good to see it preserved like that.

monika
monika on January 8, 2014 at 2:31 pm

The Ace Hotel opened to the public earlier this week. Here is the link to the hotel’s website: http://www.acehotel.com/losangeles?gclid=CNuM0szr77sCFe1xQgodRDgAgA.

The Los Angeles Historic Theatres Foundation (http://www.lahtf.org/) is hosting an “All About the United Artists” tour for the public on February 1st, 2014.

Tinseltoes
Tinseltoes on November 12, 2013 at 5:11 am

Here’s an update on the Ace Hotel project: Hollywoodreporter

HowardBHaas
HowardBHaas on March 27, 2012 at 6:04 am

Luis, do you mean info on proposed hotel? There is a very fine Introduction above with history of the theater.

LuisV
LuisV on March 27, 2012 at 3:19 am

I just came across this on the msnbc website…….

In late January, the Ace Hotel chain announced it would turn the United Artists Building in downtown Los Angeles into a 180-room hotel. A classic example of Spanish Gothic architecture, the building was originally built in 1927 and houses a 1,600-seat theater opened by Charlie Chaplin, Mary Pickford and the other actors who formed United Artists.

Anyone have any additional information?

regenthr
regenthr on January 5, 2012 at 3:32 am

Great news re the possibility of a ‘revived’ Unitd Artists Theatre! I saw it on a visit with a convention of the Theatre Historial Society a few years ago. The Gothic style foyer was the inspiration for a simlar style for the Regent Theatre Melbourne. (The auditorium of the Regent copied from Loew’s CapitolbTheatre New York.) I haave lived my life in close association with the theatre, firstly in front of house management in the fifties. After its closure in 1970, I was one of a handfull that formed the Save The Reent Theatre Committee and won the fight to prevent its demolition for a 650 feet office & hotel tower. The theatre re-opened in 1996 after being closed for 26 years 1 month and 14 days! Pleae visit my web page www.regenttheatremelbourne.com. It should come up first line, click for the main page ‘The Ghost That Won’t Lie Down’ AND sign my guest book! Email me @ .au or

drb
drb on December 21, 2011 at 10:17 pm

From L.A. Curbed

“The rumors are true: an Ace Hotel will open in Broadway’s old United Artists Theatre… Multiple sources confirm that the boutique hospitality firm has reached an agreement with Greenfield Partners… the Ace intends to make a fully renovated and reactivated theater the showpiece of its future hotel.

CTCrouch
CTCrouch on October 21, 2011 at 11:15 pm

Hopefully, the new owner is interested in reopening the theatre as an entertainment venue and the alleged hotel concept simply involves the adjoining commercial space.

Dr. Gene Scott’s widow/successor, Melissa Scott, is a bit “controversial” and has been liquidating a number of the ministry’s holdings in a questionable fashion. So, I seriously doubt the building’s historical value was considered in the sale, from her side.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on October 14, 2011 at 3:01 pm

The building has been sold to an investment and development company called Greenfield Partners, which has been involved in a number of hotel projects. There is speculation that the Texaco-United Artists building is destined to become a boutique hotel. I’m not sure what such a conversion would portend for the theater itself, and Greenfield has made no announcements about their intentions.

kjb2012
kjb2012 on October 14, 2011 at 11:42 am

I understand the theatre has been sold.

DonSolosan
DonSolosan on September 11, 2011 at 9:54 am

One of the “Jesus Saves” signs was removed from the back of the building the other night. No news on where it’s going, or what is going on.

DonSolosan
DonSolosan on September 6, 2011 at 1:36 pm

Luis, the UA is not “abandoned.” University Cathedral did a good job of maintaining the theater over the decades (see my videos as proof), and even though they’ve moved out and the building is for sale, they are set on finding buyers who will do right for the theater, not gut it or whatever.

LuisV
LuisV on September 6, 2011 at 1:28 pm

Just conducted my first visit of downtown Los Angeles to tour the famous Historic Theatre District this past Sunday, September 5th. The United Artists Theatre was might first up close stop and it couldn’t have looked more abandoned. Is this theater really renovated? If so, the outer lobby and vestibule needs some serious work. If it is still owned by a church then they are out of business as the gates were shut tight at a time when one would presume that services should be held. Very sad all around. I wil post my other observations on each visited theater site.

DonSolosan
DonSolosan on January 23, 2011 at 9:20 am

Maybe trivial, Ray, but important nonetheless (at least to me, as a member of the LAHTF). Mistakes happen, things are misremembered, bad info is reported. It takes sharp-eyed people to weed out the mistakes and keep everything accurate. Thanks.

Tinseltoes
Tinseltoes on January 23, 2011 at 9:05 am

“HDTV267,” please look it up in the Los Angeles Times for that date if you doubt my veracity.

RayT
RayT on January 23, 2011 at 8:53 am

I suppose this is trivia, but the L.A. Historic Theatre Foundation should fact-check details more carefully. The UA’s Wurlitzer organ had three manuals, not four. The only four-manual Wurlitzer installed in an L.A.-area theater was at the downtown Paramount.

The UA organ was sold to organist Buddy Cole, who made some additions (nine ranks of pipes from his former studio organ — a Robert-Morton) and installed it in a custom-built recording studio. He made two records for Warner Bros. before his death. After going to a pizza restaurant in Northern California, the organ ended up, much-modified, in a museum in the UK.