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United Artists Theatre: other basement areas

933 S. Broadway Los Angeles, CA 90015 | map |

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Looking north down the corridor to the elevator for theatre patrons. We've taken the front lobby stairs down to the area of the smoking lounge and men's room. From there you can go off to the right (toward Broadway) and be in the screening room that's underneath the outer lobby.

Here we're looking toward backstage and, on the way, we get access to the theatre's elevator, just around the corner to the left. Then with a jog or two you can head all the way backstage. Photo: Bill Counter - 2014



The corridor from under the lobby to backstage. We're on the house right side of the auditorium. It's opening day and nobody's using the theatre elevator -- that's it to the right with stuff in front. There was lots to unpack.

Off to the right is the way back into the screening room and smoking lounge. Directly to our left out of the photo is the hotel's housekeeping department, a newly built area under the rear of the auditorium. Photo: Bill Counter - 2014



The ramp from the elevator area back up to the smoking lounge. Photo: Bill Counter - 2014 



Halfway to backstage you can detour toward Broadway and be in the basement under the hotel. Behind us is a corridor running parallel to Broadway. The door at the right is to a mechanical room.

Up the stairs (toward the theatre) we have the pit for the hotel elevators on the left. The doorway to the right gets us back to the corridor heading backstage. Photo: Bill Counter - 2014



A revamped mechanical room. We're looking at a heat exchanger and a circulating pump. Photo: Bill Counter - 2014



The air conditioning plant before the Ace renovations. It looks like the original generation of equipment for the theatre with a synchronous motor driving tandem compressors. Photo: Pat Lile - Coldwell Banker Pasadena - 2009



In the northeast corner of the hotel's basement. The door at left is the elevator pit for the new north elevator to go to the hotel's rooftop bar, Upstairs. On the right is a room for elevator control gear and a sewage pump. Nearby we have a DWP vault and the main electric room. Photo: Bill Counter - 2014



The main building switchboard before the Ace renovations. Photo: Pat Lile - Coldwell Banker Pasadena - 2009

Pat Lile was the real estate broker for the church group's 2011 sale of the building to Greenfield Partners and their operator Ace Hotels. Thanks for the photos, Pat!



A corridor in the area of the basement under the hotel. Photo: Bill Counter - 2014 



Another corridor view. One needs to leave breadcrumbs. Photo: Bill Counter - 2014 



The corridor downstage of the orchestra pit. We're looking west toward stage right. Off to the right is a room filled with communications gear. Just behind us and off to the left is the break room.

Also behind us is the corridor under the house right side of the auditorium leading from backstage to the men's smoking lounge under the lobby. Ahead off to the left is the suite of hotel offices. Take a right at the end and you go up a couple of steps and you're under the stage. Photo: Bill Counter - 2014



Downstage of the pit -- looking in at a rack in the communications room. Photo: Bill Counter - 2014



Downstage of the pit -- the break room. The break room is on the south side of the corridor running across the basement in front of the pit. Photo: Bill Counter - 2014



The house left corridor -- hotel staff offices. We're under the house left (west) side of the auditorium, looking toward the lobby end of the building. Much of the basement space has been hollowed out and made into an amazing labyrinth of support areas for the hotel.

To the left is the corridor running across the basement in front of the orchestra pit. Behind us up a couple of steps and you're underneath stage right. Photo: Bill Counter - 2014

The pages on the United Artists/Theatre at Ace Hotel: history | vintage exterior views | recent exterior views | outer lobby | inner lobby | lounges | upper lobby areas | earlier auditorium views | recent auditorium views | projection | stage and stage basement | back to top - other basement areas | attic | office building/hotel interiors | roof

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