There has been much ado over the past few years about reviving downtown Los Angeles. Cynics groan that they have heard this one many times before. However in this iteration, the renaissance has gained traction with many of us collectistas flocking to its shores. The latest venue garnering attention from those in the know is the Ace Hotel.
Originally built in 1927, the hotel re-opened only two months ago in the historic United Artists building. My favorite aspect of the Ace is that it also houses the UA Theatre. Boasting incredible Spanish Gothic features, the interiors were inspired by Mary Pickford’s favorite cathedral in Segovia, Spain. Commune Design alongside GREC architects have since reinvented the space. This stunning theater seats 1600, is the new home of Benjamin Millepied’s LA Dance Project, and is opened to the public. In addition to LA Dance Project, there have already been several performances including DJ Premiere and Spiritualized.
JESUS SAVES??? Okay…I must address the elephant in the window. In the interest of full disclosure, I had to find out the story behind the neon “Jesus Saves” sign before I could commit to any part of the situation. It turns out that Gene Scott, the televangelist — oy, he may turn over in his grave from that reference but it is what it is, Gene — leased the building from 1989 to about 2005. He broadcast the live Sunday services of the Gene’s Ministry right there. The hotel decided to keep the sign after his passing. Okay, art history…kind of sort of? Do with this one what you will. At any rate, the Ace Hotel is the perfect spot for a long weekend jaunt, visiting your favorite LA artists, or just taking in the ballet.
Ace Hotel Los Angeles
929 South Broadway
Los Angeles, CA
Photo Credit: Spencer Lowell