Ace Hotel Los Angeles

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Ace Hotel Downtown Los Angeles
Exterior of the building (c. 2008)
Former namesUnited Artists Theatre (1927–90)
University Cathedral (1990–2011)
Hotel chainAce Hotel Group[1]
General information
  • Hotel
  • Music Venue
LocationDowntown Los Angeles
Address929 S Broadway
Los Angeles, CA 90015-1609
Coordinates34°02′30″N 118°15′26″W / 34.0416°N 118.2571°W / 34.0416; -118.2571
GroundbreakingMarch 5, 1927
Opened (1927-12-26) December 26, 1927 (age 96)
Cost$3 million
($52.6 million in 2023 dollars[2])
Roof73.76 m (242.0 ft)
Technical details
Floor count13
Design and construction
Structural engineerScofield Engineering Construction
Renovating team
Structural engineerNabih Youssef Associates
Other designers
  • Commune Design
  • Atelier Ace
Main contractor
  • Spectra Company
  • Morley Builders
  • Benchmark Contractors, Inc.
Other information
Seating capacity1,600 (The Theatre at Ace Hotel)
Number of rooms182
Number of restaurants1
Number of bars3
  • Segovia Hall
  • The Theatre at Ace Hotel
  • Walker/Eisen Room
Architectural style(s)Spanish Gothic Revival
Governing bodyPrivate
Official nameUnited Artists Theater Building
DesignatedMarch 20, 1991[3]
Reference no.523

The Ace Hotel Downtown Los Angeles, originally built as the California Petroleum Corporation Building and later known as the Texaco Building, is a 243 ft (74 m), 13-story highrise hotel and theater building located at 937 South Broadway in downtown Los Angeles, California. It was the tallest building in the city for one year after its completion in 1927, and was the tallest privately owned structure in Los Angeles until 1956. Its style is Spanish Gothic, patterned after Segovia Cathedral in Segovia, Spain.

The building contains the historic United Artists Theatre, the flagship theater built for the United Artists motion picture studio. The theater was later used as a church by pastors Gene Scott and his widow Melissa Scott under the name "University Cathedral". In October 2011, Scott's Wescott Christian Center Inc. sold the building to Greenfield Partners, a real estate investment company located in Westport, Connecticut, for $11 million.[6] It was converted to a hotel, part of the Ace Hotels chain, the Ace Hotel Downtown Los Angeles, which opened in 2014 and closed in 2024.

United Artists Theatre period[edit]

Street facade on Broadway.

The theatre was designed by the architect C. Howard Crane of the firm Walker & Eisen for the United Artists film studio formed by D. W. Griffith, Charlie Chaplin, Douglas Fairbanks and Mary Pickford.[7] The theater, a classic movie palace, was one of many constructed by United Artists and served as a major premier house. The theater occupies three floors of the 13-story building and has a 2,214-seat auditorium.[8] Like many movie theaters, the seat rows sink in toward the front of the orchestra section, so ticket holders there must look up at the stage.[9]

University Cathedral period[edit]

Cinema-theatre-church marquee and entrance.

The building was first leased by televangelist Gene Scott in 1989, to be used as the location from which to broadcast the live Sunday services of his ministry. Scott held his first Sunday service there in 1990 and continued to hold Sunday services there until his death in 2005. A designated historic monument in itself, the building was for many years topped by the historic "Jesus Saves" neon signs (originally from the Church of the Open Door). They were located in the rear lower roof, one facing the west and one north, until September 10, 2011, when one sign was removed by crane. The building was claimed to house the largest collection of Bibles in private hands. After leasing for thirteen years, Gene Scott purchased the building in 2002. Following Scott's death, services continued to be held at the Los Angeles University Cathedral by Melissa Scott, the widow of Gene Scott, with services broadcast over TV, shortwave radio, and the Internet.

Ace Hotel conversion[edit]

The building was completely restored and renovated to serve as a luxury boutique hotel called Ace Hotel Downtown Los Angeles. It featured 182 rooms, a pool, a restaurant and three bars, as well as the restored theatre.[10] It opened on January 16, 2014. In December 2014, Greenfield Partners put the building up for sale, seeking about $100 million as the sale price.[11] In May 2015, Chesapeake Lodging Trust bought the building for $103 million.[1]

The theater was restored as well and re-opened on February 14, 2014 as the Theatre at the Ace Hotel, with concerts by the British rock band Spiritualized.[8] L.A. Dance Project, a dance company founded by choreographer Benjamin Millepied, also took residence in the theater.[8] Red Hot Chili Peppers performed a fundraiser at the Ace Hotel on February 5, 2016, in support of presidential candidate Bernie Sanders.[12]

The hotel closed on January 31, 2024.[13] The building's owners have announced plans to remodel it as a limited-service, rooms-only hotel, managed via a tech platform, without any food and beverage establishments.[14]

The theater has been rebranded as The United Theater on Broadway.

Broadway Theater Historic District[edit]

The building is a historic district contributing property in the Broadway Theater District on the National Register of Historic Places. It is also a Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monument.[15]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Vincent, Roger (May 1, 2015). "Ace Hotel in downtown Los Angeles sold for $103 million". Los Angeles Times.
  2. ^ 1634–1699: McCusker, J. J. (1997). How Much Is That in Real Money? A Historical Price Index for Use as a Deflator of Money Values in the Economy of the United States: Addenda et Corrigenda (PDF). American Antiquarian Society. 1700–1799: McCusker, J. J. (1992). How Much Is That in Real Money? A Historical Price Index for Use as a Deflator of Money Values in the Economy of the United States (PDF). American Antiquarian Society. 1800–present: Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. "Consumer Price Index (estimate) 1800–". Retrieved February 29, 2024.
  3. ^ Department of City Planning. "Designated Historic-Cultural Monuments". City of Los Angeles. Archived from the original on June 9, 2010. Retrieved October 10, 2014.
  4. ^ "Emporis building ID 147195". Emporis. Archived from the original on March 6, 2016.
  5. ^ "Ace Hotel Los Angeles". SkyscraperPage.
  6. ^ Vincent, Roger (October 17, 2011). "Historic United Artists building sells for $11 million". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved February 17, 2013.
  7. ^ Gebhard, David; Robert Winter (1985). Architecture in Los Angeles: A Compleat Guide. Salt Lake City: Gibbs M. Smith Books. p. 232. ISBN 978-0-87905-087-0.
  8. ^ a b c Mike Boehm (January 14, 2014), Millepied's L.A. Dance Project finds home: 1927 downtown theater Los Angeles Times.
  9. ^ Lewis Segal (February 21, 2014), Review: L.A. Dance Project's launch at Ace Hotel beautifully in sync Los Angeles Times.
  10. ^ Adrian Glick Kudler (May 25, 2012). "Work Starting at Downtown's Ace Hotel, Celebrating Skid Row". Curbed LA. Retrieved February 17, 2013.
  11. ^ Parker, Ryan (December 17, 2014). "Ace Hotel building in downtown L.A. is up for sale". Los Angeles Times.
  12. ^ "Red Hot Chili Peppers Cover Bowie at Bernie Sanders Concert". February 6, 2016.
  13. ^ Kang, Matthew (December 13, 2023). "The Ace Hotel's Closure in Early 2024 Marks the End of an Era for Downtown LA". Eater LA. Retrieved February 26, 2024.
  14. ^ "The Ace Hotel in downtown Los Angeles is closing its doors in January". Los Angeles Times. December 13, 2023. Retrieved February 26, 2024.
  15. ^ "Monument Search Results Page". Archived from the original on May 19, 2018. Retrieved May 18, 2018.

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