ACE Hotel DTLA by Grec Architects / by Brendhan Stowe


The ACE Hotel inhabits the landmark United Artists Theater and office tower, built in 1927. The tower houses the 182 guestrooms, suites and the rooftop bar and pool deck. The historic lobby is restored for a signature restaurant, hotel registration and guest services. The articulated storefront and original sidewalk paving pattern are fully restored. The theater is meticulously restored and updated for live performance events. The original 4-story lantern 

and terra cotta façade on Broadway is cleaned and repaired; new windows are installed to match the original profiles. Renovation of the tower includes installation of a concrete seismic frame for the full height, to comply with modern seismic codes, as well as utilities, building systems and emergency egress upgrades. GREC provided Lead Architect services, including design team coordination and construction administration.


Located at 933 S. Broadway, the United Artists opened in 1927 with a seating capacity of 2,214. It was the showcase for movies from the United Artists group created in 1919 by Charlie Chaplin, Mary Pickford, Douglas Fairbanks and D.W Griffiths. The theater was designed by C. Howard Crane, with Walker & Eisen, in a Gothic style inspired by a church in Segovia, Spain. The columns feature terra cotta capitals carved with film and theater themed grotesques. The interior includes a series of frescoes and murals by the firm of Anthony Heisbergen.

Sources:  Arquitect MagazineWikipedia

Photos by Ryan von Drehle