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United Artists Theatre: lounges

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

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 | other basement areasattic | office building/hotel interiors | roof

From the lobby there are two sets of stairs to get to the basement. The east (house right) stairs are under the outer lobby stairs that head up to the mezzanine level. They lead down to the men's smoking lounge and the men's restroom west of the lounge. The screening room underneath the outer lobby is adjacent to the smoking lounge. See the projection page for a few photos.

From the smoking lounge you can also head to a corridor leading north to the theatre's elevator and a new corridor under the back of the auditorium connecting the smoking lounge to the ladies lounge and restroom area.

The west (house left) stairs at the far end of the inner lobby lead down to the ladies lounge and restroom area.


The basement ladies lounge area: 



The stairs down from the inner lobby to the ladies lounge. Photo: Sandi Hemmerlein - 2014. Thanks, Sandi! The photo is part of her lovely Avoiding Regret photo essays about the renovation of the theatre. The lobby and lounges are covered in part one while part two explores the auditorium. 



The stairs to the basement ladies lounge at the west end of the lobby in a pre-renovation view. Photo: Pat Lile - Coldwell Banker Pasadena - 2009. Thanks, Pat!. She was the real estate broker for the church group's 2011 sale of the building to Greenfield Partners and their operating partner Ace Hotels. Her website: www.PatLile.com



A look at the landing before the Ace renovations. Photo: Hala Pickford - 2010. Ms. Pickford is the author of "Conversations with Rodolfo" and adaptor of "Rudolph Valentino: A Wife's Memories of an Icon" by Natacha Rambova. Both are available on Amazon.



A pre-renovation shot of the carpet on the stairs to the basement lounge. Photo: Hala Pickford - 2010



The drinking fountain with the pre-renovation wall treatment. Photo: Hala Pickford - 2010



The drinking fountain at the bottom of the stairs after the wall painting but before the addition of an Ace sculpture. Photo: Bill Counter - January 2014



The abandoned fountain out on the stair landing after the addition of an Ace sculptural item. Photo: Hunter Kerhart - February 2014



From the bottom of the stairs -- a construction view into the ladies lounge. On the left of the lit doorway leading to the sink area is one of the phone booths. There's another doorway off to the right of the photo to the cosmetics room.

Off to our left is the entrance to a new corridor under the rear of the auditorium leading to the men's smoking room area and the theatre's elevator. That allows handicap access down to both restrooms. One ADA compliant stall has been added in both men's and ladies restrooms. Photo: Bill Counter - January 2014



A pre-opening view back out toward the stairs. Photo: Bill Counter - January 2014 



From the ladies lounge area looking at the stairs up to the inner lobby before the Ace renovations. Photo: Pat Lile - Coldwell Banker Pasadena - 2009



The ladies lounge. Ahead, it's the sink area to the left, cosmetics room entrance to the right. There's a fireplace over to the right. Photo: Pat Lile - Coldwell Banker Pasadena - 2009



A closer look at the wall in the view above. Photo: Hala Pickford - 2010 



A wall detail in the main ladies lounge. Photo: Hala Pickford - 2010 



The main ladies lounge south wall pre-renovation. Photo: Hala Pickford - 2010



The lounge south wall with its faux fireplace after the renovations. At the far right in this view we're looking out to the landing at the bottom of the lobby stairs. Photo: Hunter Kerhart - February 2014. Keep up with Hunter's explorations: on Facebook | hunterkerhart.com | on Flickr



The ladies cosmetics room. Photo: John Hough - 2016. Thanks for all the photos, John! See many more of his photos of the building on the United Artists page of OrnateTheatres.com, the website he and Mark Mulhall are doing for their theatre documentation project.



The cosmetics room and its new chandelier. Photo: Hunter Kerhart - February 2014 



The new lighting and carpet in the cosmetics room. Photo: Sandi Hemmerlein - Avoiding Regret - February 2014



The view back out to the lounge and stair landing from the cosmetics room. The sink area is off to the right. Photo: Bill Counter - January 2014



A pre-opening south wall cosmetics room view. Photo: Bill Counter - January 2014  



Looking in toward the toilet and sink area from the cosmetics room. The black door is the new handicap restroom. Photo: Bill Counter - January 2014



A pre-renovation view of the ladies cosmetics room looking out from the sink area. Photo: Pat Lile - Coldwell Banker Pasadena - 2009



The ladies cosmetics room -- the doorway at the left is into the sink area. Photo: Pat Lile - Coldwell Banker Pasadena - 2009



A ladies cosmetics room mirror detail. Photo: Hala Pickford - 2010 



The view east in the sink room. From left to right: the new handicap toilet stall, a view into the 1927 toilet area, the doorway back out to the cosmetics room. Photo: Cap Equity Locations - August 2014



A similar view pre-renovation. Photo: Pat Lile - Coldwell Banker Pasadena - 2009



A wide angle view of the ladies room sink area. The cosmetics room (and the main lounge) is out the doorway to the left. That black door at the right is the newly added handicap toilet stall. Photo: Cap Equity Locations - August 2014



In the sink area looking west out toward the main lounge. Beyond the sinks is one of the phone booths. The toilet area is behind us. The arch at the left leads to the cosmetics room. Photo: Bill Counter - January 2014



A earlier view from the sink area west toward the main lounge. On either side of the doorway are the phone booths. Photo: Pat Lile - Coldwell Banker Pasadena - 2009



One of the phone booths in the ladies room. Photo: Pat Lile - Coldwell Banker Pasadena - 2009



Another ladies room phone booth view. Photo: Hala Pickford - 2010



A tile detail. Photo: Hala Pickford - 2010. Thanks, Hala!



The ladies toilet area pre-renovation. Photo: Pat Lile - Coldwell Banker Pasadena - 2009



The toilet area with new lighting. Photo: Cap Equity Locations - August 2014. Thanks to Rebecca Reynoso for the photo. Cap Equity brokers deals between property owners and those looking for filming locations or other special uses. See their United Artists page for 82 photos.



Pink toilet seats. Photo: Sandi Hemmerlein - Avoiding Regret - February 2014. Thanks, Sandi!



Another look down the toilet stalls. Photo: John Hough - 2016



Looking back out toward the sink area from the toilet room. Photo: Bill Counter - January 2014


The basement smoking lounge:

This area at the bottom of the east (house right) stairs also serves as a lobby for the screening room as well as providing access to a corridor to the theatre's elevator. Continuing on that corridor beyond the elevator leads through what are now hotel support spaces and on to backstage left. And there's also a new corridor from the smoking lounge under the rear of the auditorium over to the ladies lounge areas. 


The view east in the new corridor from the ladies lounge to the men's smoking room. We're looking east under the rear of the auditorium. At the doorway at the end you're in the men's smoking lounge area. From the smoking lounge, there's another little detour to get you to the theatre's lobby elevator. It was a way to provide handicap access to both restrooms. Photo: Bill Counter - January 2014



 Looking down the east stairs from the lobby. Photo: Bill Counter - January 2014



A landing detail. Photo: John Hough - 2016



A construction view of the amazing tile work on the landing. Photo: Bill Counter - January 2014



A look back up the stairs up to the outer lobby. Photo: Cap Equity Locations - August 2014


 Looking in to the smoking lounge. Photo: John Hough - 2016 
 


A earlier view of the north wall. The men's room is off to the left. The open arched doorway in the left wall leads to the new corridor under the back of the auditorium to the ladies room. It's to provide handicap access via the theatre's elevator. Off to the right out of the frame are doors to the screening room and a corridor leading down to the elevator. Photo: Cap Equity Locations - August 2014

 

The east wall -- the doorway leads to the screening room and elevator. See the projection page for photos of the screening room. Photo: Cap Equity Locations - August 2014

 

The doorway to the men's room on the west wall. Photo: Bill Counter - January 2014


Looking north into the smoking lounge from the stairs during construction. Photo: Bill Counter - January 2014

 

A smoking lounge light fixture. Photo: Bill Counter - January 2014
 


Looking south back up the stairs to the lobby. Photo: Cap Equity Locations - August 2014



Tucked underneath the stairs are the smoking lounge's phone booths. Photo: Bill Counter - January 2014



The fireplace on the north wall -- doing a paint test. photo: Bill Counter - January 2014


 The basement men's room: 


The sink area -- and a peek back out to the smoking lounge. Photo: Cap Equity Locations - August 2014

 


The view back out into the smoking lounge during construction. Photo: Bill Counter - January 2014 



The men's sink area. Photo: John Hough - 2016. Thanks again, John! See more of his great theatre photos on his website www.ornatetheatres.com. 



The men's sink area's pre-renovation look. Photo: Pat Lile - Coldwell Banker Pasadena - 2009



From the sink area, the doorways toward the urinal and toilet stall areas. Photo: Cap Equity Locations - August 2014



The black door is a new handicap stall. Photo: Cap Equity Locations - August 2014  



The urinals pre-renovation. Photo: Pat Lile - Coldwell Banker Pasadena - 2009 



Another view in from the sink area. Photo: Bill Counter - January 2014 



The men's toilet area. Photo: Cap Equity Locations - August 2014 



The men's toilet stall area pre-renovation. Photo: Pat Lile - Coldwell Banker Pasadena - 2009 



In toward the urinals from the toilet area. Photo: Bill Counter - January 2014



 Looking back out toward the men's room sinks. Photo: Cap Equity Locations - August 2014


The corridor to the elevator:  


From the smoking lounge there's access to the theatre's elevator.  Here we're looking north down the corridor to the elevator. Just around the corner to the left is the elevator. Then with a jog you can head all the way backstage. Photo: Bill Counter - January 2014 



The theatre elevator's basement stop. The day of the photo the theatre wasn't yet open (so the elevator wasn't needed) but it was the day after opening for the hotel. The talented and enthusiastic staff was busy organizing, unpacking and checking out systems and equipment.

The corridor on the left leads down the length of the auditorium to backstage. 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.
Photo: Bill Counter - January 7, 2014

Upstairs restrooms: There are also small restrooms up at the balcony lobby level. See the upper lobby areas page for those areas.

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