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The Theatre at the Ace Hotel

Hip meets historic at a hotel’s movie palace

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Stay at the über-cool Ace Hotel in downtown Los Angeles and, without even leaving the premises, you can go to cultural events in one of the country’s most lavish and historic movie palaces. The hotel sits atop the 1927 United Artists Theatre. And it has reinvented this Spanish Gothic landmark as a state-of-the-art performance space: the Theatre at the Ace Hotel.

The big line-up of events includes lectures, movie screenings, and shows by the likes of Patti Smith. Walk inside to design inspired by a 16th-century cathedral in Segovia, Spain. Elaborate features include the ornate proscenium and vintage murals depicting film legends (Charlie Chaplin and Mary Pickford were among the founders of the studio that built the theater). Look up to see a vaulted ceiling glittering with thousands of tiny, glimmering mirrors.

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