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Back in Action

movie theatre from Hollywood hey-day gets third act as a hotel...

Back in Action

The movie studio is no more, replaced in the ’90s by a church group, but the legacy remains in the work of Atelier Ace and Commune Design, who called the shots on a hotel conversion that succeeded in bringing back the glory days of Hollywood glamour...

When Mary Pickford, Charlie Chaplin, Douglas Fairbanks and D.W. Griffith broke away from Paramount Pictures in 1919 to form United Artists, it was a bold statement of intent. Throwing off the shackles of the studio system, wresting back control of their careers from all-powerful producers, the group of silent movie superstars called on architect C. Howard Crane to build them a cinema fit for the transition into “talkies”, and in doing so he made quite a statement of his own.

Inspired by Pickford’s love of Spanish cathedral architecture, the 1927 building in downtown Los Angeles is a curious but nonetheless attractive amalgam of Gothic intricacy covering a minimalist poured concrete hulk with modernised acoustics. The movie studio is no more, replaced in the ’90s by a church group, but the legacy remains in the work of Atelier Ace and Commune Design, who called the shots on a hotel conversion that succeeded in bringing back the glory days of Hollywood glamour. High end materials are a pleasing counterpoint to the concrete walls at Ace Hotel Downtown Los Angeles, the hipster giant’s latest offering, and all around little nostalgic touches remind one of a time when the stars ran the show.

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Ace Hotel Downtown Los Angeles
Ace Hotel Downtown Los Angeles
Ace Hotel Downtown Los Angeles
Ace Hotel Downtown Los Angeles
Ace Hotel Downtown Los Angeles
Ace Hotel Downtown Los Angeles

Photography, Spencer Lowell

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