Ace Hotel Los Angeles

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Coordinates: 34°02′30″N 118°15′26″W / 34.0416°N 118.2571°W / 34.0416; -118.2571

Ace Hotel Downtown Los Angeles
United Artists Theater, Los Angeles.JPG
Exterior of the building (c.2008)
Former namesUnited Artists Theatre (1927-90)
University Cathedral (1990-2011)
Hotel chainAce Hotel Group[1]
General information
StatusComplete
Type
  • Hotel
  • Music Venue
LocationDowntown Los Angeles
Address929 S Broadway
Los Angeles, CA 90015-1609
GroundbreakingMarch 5, 1927
OpenedDecember 26, 1927
Renovated2012-14
Cost$3 million
($43.3 million in 2018 dollars[2])
OwnerChesapeake Lodging Trust[1]
Height
Roof73.76 m (242.0 ft)
Technical details
Floor count13
Design and construction
Architect
Structural engineerScofield Engineering Construction
Renovating team
Architect
  • GREC Architects
  • Killefer Flammang Architects
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
Facilities
  • Segovia Hall
  • The Theatre at Ace Hotel
  • Walker/Eisen Room
Architectural style(s)Spanish Gothic Revival
Governing bodyPrivate
Official name: United Artists Theater Building
DesignatedMarch 20, 1991[3]
Reference no.523
References
[4][5]

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, and opened in 2014. The hotel is part of the Ace Hotels chain.

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 has been completely restored and renovated to serve as a luxury boutique hotel called Ace Hotel Downtown Los Angeles. It features 182 rooms, a pool, a restaurant and three bars, as well as the restored theatre.[10] It opened in 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, with concerts by the British rock band Spiritualized.[8] L.A. Dance Project, a dance company founded by choreographer Benjamin Millepied, will also take residence in the Theatre at Ace Hotel.[8] Red Hot Chili Peppers performed a fundraiser at the Ace Hotel on February 5, 2016 in support of presidential candidate Bernie Sanders.[12]

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.[13]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Vincent, Roger (May 1, 2015). "Ace Hotel in downtown Los Angeles sold for $103 million". Los Angeles Times.
  2. ^ Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. "Consumer Price Index (estimate) 1800–". Retrieved January 2, 2019.
  3. ^ Department of City Planning. "Designated Historic-Cultural Monuments". City of Los Angeles. Archived from the original on 2010-06-09. Retrieved 2014-10-10.
  4. ^ Ace Hotel Los Angeles at Emporis
  5. ^ "Ace Hotel Los Angeles". SkyscraperPage.
  6. ^ Vincent, Roger (October 17, 2011). "Historic United Artists building sells for $11 million". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 17 February 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 17 February 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". rollingstone.com.
  13. ^ "Monument Search Results Page". cityplanning.lacity.org.

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