Gay-owned boutique hotel chain Ace will
open a downtown Los Angeles location, according to The
The newest Ace Hotel will open in the
85-year-old historic United Artists building located on Broadway and
erected by Charlie Chaplin, Douglas Fairbanks, Mary Pickford and D.W.
Hotel – described as “the country's most original” hotel by
the New York Times – opened its first location in Seattle,
Washington in 1999. The chain expanded into Portland in 2007, Palm
Springs in 2009 and Manhattan in 2010.
According to gay glossy The
Advocate, the chain was founded by three gay men: Alex
Calderwood, Wade Weigel and Doug Herrick.
The Hollywood Reporter notes
that the “Spanish-Gothic-styled building at 933 S. Broadway opened
on the day after Christmas in 1927, with a screening in its eponymous
2,214-seat theater of the Mary Pickford and Charles 'Buddy' Rogers
film My Best Girl. Pickford and fellow United Artists founders
Douglas Fairbanks, D.W. Griffith and Charlie Chaplin commissioned the
venue to host world premieres for their studio's films.”
Ace Hotels are frequented by
entertainment industry patrons.