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.