Theatre

The Theatre at Ace Hotel

A delicately restored, 1,600-seat movie palace from the 1920s with a massive, three-story grand lobby. Originated by Mary Pickford and Charlie Chaplin.

Health & Safety

The Show Must Go On, But Safely

  • All ticket holders must present proof of vaccination or a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours to enter The Theatre at Ace Hotel.
  • Masks must be worn at all times while inside the building, except while actively eating and drinking.
  • The Theatre at Ace Hotel will be disinfected between all events and hand sanitizing stations will be placed throughout the venue.

Thanks for staying cool about it. We can’t wait to see you.

 

Our Vision

Built in 1927 as the flagship movie palace for United Artists — the maverick film studio founded by Mary Pickford, Douglas Fairbanks, D.W Griffith and Charlie Chaplin — The Theatre at Ace Hotel is our loving reanimation of one of the city’s most remarkable gems. It’s a delicately restored, 1,600-seat cathedral to the arts, with a three-story, 2,300 square foot grand lobby, an ornate open balcony and a vaulted ceiling dotted with thousands of mirrors that glimmer like tiny stars.

Since helping to returning The Theatre to its storied splendor, we’ve played host to hundreds of meaningful, nearly sacred, wholly rock and roll experiences: large-scale concerts, major movie premieres, sold-out dance performances — if it fits inside the proscenium, we’ve probably presented it. Retrofitted with a state-of-the-art digital projection system and cinema sound, an independent, ultramodern live sound system, plus an elaborate contemporary stage lighting system, The Theatre at Ace Hotel is a radically inclusive stage fit for our heart’s royalty — artists, musicians, visionaries and cultural igniters.

History

Broadway was the movie capital of the world in the pre-talkie era. During the Jazz Age, the neon stretch of the Broadway Theater District rivaled its New York namesake — a strip where a dozen temples of cinema played host to screen starlets and matinee kings, and film royalty premiered their latest reels nightly to audiences of thousands. It’s where, in 1927, a group of visionary iconoclasts from Hollywood’s Golden Age erected the home of United Artists, the film studio whose acumen and rebellious ingenuity helped to reshape the American cinematic landscape.

United Artists studio and theater was the vision of silent movie starlet Mary Pickford, who — together with Douglas Fairbanks, Charlie Chaplin and DW Griffith — dreamt of forming an independent production house outside of the established Hollywood studio system. With the help of architect C. Howard Crane and Los Angeles architectural firm Walker & Eisen, the group erected the United Artists Theater and its adjacent tower — the tallest building in all of Los Angeles upon its completion.

Though it changed hands frequently over the following decades, the United Artists Theater stayed active as an arts venue until 1989, including a long stint as a Spanish-language movie house, and later as the broadcast site for televangelist Dr. Gene Scott. Following a meticulous restoration of the then-vacant movie palace, Ace cut the ribbon on The Theatre at Ace Hotel in February of 2014 — and we’ve been doing our best to honor the maverick spirit of its founders ever since.

Contact The Theatre Team

There’s no other place like this in Los Angeles. From its cinematic legacy down to its last lavish detail, The Theatre at Ace Hotel is a wholly unique epicenter of art, culture and life — an opulent temple to the things we live for. The Theatre is a perfect setting for screenings, live shows, weddings, meetings, cocktail soirées, product launches, dance parties and galas.

Capacity

Theatre Seating: 1,647 total – 825 orchestra, 822 balcony
Banquet Seating: 140 in the lobby, 80 on the stage
Cocktail Reception: Up to 800

Email us: enquire.theatre@acehotel.com