The United Artists Theatre is a classic, Golden Era Hollywood location. In 1927, it was the headquarters of United Artist Studios, the independent film production house created by Mary Pickford, Douglas Fairbanks, Charlie Chaplin, and DW Griffith. It was one of the first to be established outside of the Hollywood studio system so that the artists could have creative freedom over their stories and craft. Pioneers of the time, their vision changed the landscape of American cinema and film-making forever.
Inside, the movie palace is absolutely gorgeous. It seats 1,600 people and displays immaculate attention to detail in the murals and ceiling.
I love to come here and feel the magic of Hollywood history. This specific part of downtown on Broadway is LA’s old theatre district (modeled after Broadway in Manhattan) and is rich with movie palaces from the Golden Era. Here and along this street, countless films have filmed and premiered. I just drove past the United Artists theatre the other day and happened to see the red carpet premiere of STARZ American Gods. A calendar of events can be seen here.
Now, the 1,600 seat theatre and 13 floor building attached belong to the hip Ace Hotel. I like to come here to feel swanky and have lofty conversations in a nice Downtown LA setting. Whether it’s for a film screening or walk on foot tour, the United Theatre/Ace Hotel is a landmark of Hollywood history.