Theatre at the Ace Hotel

933 S. Broadway,
Los Angeles, CA 90015

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Backseater on September 8, 2021 at 2:01 pm

Opened 26 December 1927–the same day as the Alabama Theatre in Birmingham, AL.

Trolleyguy on October 25, 2019 at 11:28 pm

Added 1950s street view of the theatre.

DavidZornig on January 23, 2019 at 4:34 pm

Mike Hume’s Historic Theatre Photography website with plenty of photos, floor plans, history etc.

Trolleyguy on July 1, 2017 at 11:11 pm

1954 pictures added to photos section.

HowardBHaas on January 22, 2017 at 7:52 am

Illustrated article

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on October 16, 2016 at 6:52 pm

rivest266: Your second ad, touting the renovations, must have been from 1948, the year You Gotta Stay Happy was released.

rivest266 on October 16, 2016 at 5:09 pm

December 24th, 1925 grand opening ad. for renovations also in the same section.

rivest266 on August 9, 2016 at 7:44 pm

December 26th, 1927 grand opening ad in photo section.

hillsmanwright on March 25, 2014 at 11:38 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 10:40 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 on March 25, 2014 at 10:31 pm

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

Cliffs on February 12, 2014 at 9:17 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.

CStefanic on January 24, 2014 at 10:00 pm

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

CStefanic on January 24, 2014 at 9:58 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 on January 24, 2014 at 9:58 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 on January 12, 2014 at 7:39 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 on January 11, 2014 at 11:32 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 on January 8, 2014 at 7:31 pm

The Ace Hotel opened to the public earlier this week. Here is the link to the hotel’s website:

The Los Angeles Historic Theatres Foundation ( is hosting an “All About the United Artists” tour for the public on February 1st, 2014.

HowardBHaas on March 27, 2012 at 12:04 pm

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

Luis Vazquez
Luis Vazquez on March 27, 2012 at 9:19 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 on January 5, 2012 at 8:32 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 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 on December 22, 2011 at 3:17 am

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 on October 22, 2011 at 5:15 am

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 9:01 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 on October 14, 2011 at 5:42 pm

I understand the theatre has been sold.