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The United Artists Theatre






















While C. Howard Crane designed hundreds of theatres, the United Artists was the Detroit-based architect's only west coast commission. The UA opened in 1927 and was similar in its Gothic theme to houses Crane designed for the circuit in Chicago and Detroit.  Crane's local partner for the project was Walker and Eisen, who would go on to do many other smaller theatres for United artists Theatre Circuit in Berkeley, Long Beach, Pasadena, Inglewood and on Wilshire Boulevard. Here they did the office building, the theatre was all Crane's. The photo comes from the Mott-Merge collection of the California State Library. See our many pages on the United Artists Theatre for other photos. The building now has a new life as the Ace Hotel with a revitalized theatre on the horizon.

By Eisen and Eisen
Globe Theatre, 202 E. 5th St. (1908)
Grand Theatre, 730 S. Grand (1908)

A few by Walker and Eisen:
Scenic/Roxy Theatre, Pomona (1920)
Temple/El Rey Theatre
, Alhambra (1921)
Roosevelt/Fox Parisian, 803 S. Vermont (1922)
Rialto/Valley Theatre, El Monte (1923)
United Artists Theatre (1927) -- with C. Howard Crane
Four Star Theatre, Wilshire Blvd. (c.1931) -- with Clifford Balch
United Artists, Long Beach (c.1931) -- with Clifford Balch
United Artists, Inglewood (1931) -- with Clifford Balch
United Artists, East Los Angeles (c.1931) -- with Clifford Balch
United Artists, Pasadena (1931) -- with Clifford Balch

Platt Electric Building, 834 S. Broadway (1927)
      | LAPL photo |
Hotel Normandie, Koreatown (1928)
      | LA Curbed article |

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