And of course, Ace Hotel has been an innovator in pairing its hotels with hip retail shops, drool-worthy restaurants, or music clubs. But its location in Downtown LA is the first one to house a theater, and an incredible one at that.
The United Artists theater was originally created by silent-movie starlet Mary Pickford along with Douglas Fairbanks, Charlie Chaplin, and D.W. Griffith, who dreamed of creating a production house outside of the studio system. The United Artists theater changed hands frequently throughout its history, including stints as a Spanish-language movie house and broadcast site for televangelist Dr. Gene Scott.
After an in-depth restoration, the Theatre at Ace Hotel opened in Feb 2014, aiming to serve Downtown LA’s thriving arts scene. The space now averages 120 shows a year with over 200,000 tickets sold. While the hotel says that the theater has not been instrumental in hotel occupancy, many out-of-town theater guests choose to spend the night at the hotel.
Welcoming locals and visitors nightly, the theater helps to spread the arts vision of the Ace Hotel. On any night of the week you may find a variety of events like movie screenings, comedy shows, dance shows, concerts, and book readings.