Ace Hotel/United Artists Theater Building Adaptive Reuse

Ace Hotel/United Artists Theater Building Adaptive Reuse

The United Artists Theater Building was converted under the Adaptive Reuse Ordinance to a boutique hotel all while maintaining the historic fabric of the building. The building contributes to the Broadway Theater and Commercial District of downtown Los Angeles and is listed in the National Register of Historic Places. This historic building was previously used for office space and now consists of 182 hotel rooms on 11 typical floors. The ground floor consists of a hotel lobby, registration, and a street-front restaurant with a mezzanine level for additional seating and food preparation areas. The second floor was converted to a functional space for meetings and social gatherings along with more back-of-house space. A lounge area and pool deck were constructed on the rooftop to take advantage of the sweeping views of downtown Los Angeles. The theater portion underwent cosmetic upgrades, historic refurbishments, and food and beverage spaces were added.


Project Size:

113,614 gsf


GDS Development


  • GREC Architects
  • Killefer Flammang Architects


  • American Institute of Architects Los Angeles Design Awards – Lounge/Nightclub
  • Los Angeles Business Council Architectural Awards – Hospitality
  • Los Angeles Business Journal Commercial Real Estate Awards – Best Hospitality Project
  • Los Angeles Conservancy – Preservation Award
  • Pacific Coast Builders Conference Gold Nugget Awards – Gold Nugget, Best Renovated or Restored Project
  • Southern California Development Forum Design Awards – Restoration & Adaptive Reuse
  • International Concrete Repair Institute Project Awards – Honorable Mention

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