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Historic United Artists Theatre Up for Sale, Listed at $15 Million

By Eric Richardson
Published: Thursday, December 10, 2009, at 03:35PM
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The marquee of the United Artists theatre, located at 927 S. Broadway.

The 1927 United Artists Theatre and its attached 14-story office building is up for sale, listed for $15 million. Since 1989, the building has housed the University Cathedral, a church headed by colorful television evangelist Dr. Gene Scott until his death in 2005.

One of the dozen historic theatres to line Broadway, the United Artists is in perhaps the most turn-key shape, according to Los Angeles Historic Theatre Foundation head Hillsman Wright. His group is interested in acquiring the theatre.

The University Cathedral ministry is continued by Scott's widow, Pastor Melissa Scott. The church has split time between Downtown and a facility in Glendale, where it will now focus its efforts.

Along with the 1,500 to 2,000 seat theatre, the building contains 73,783 square feet of office space.

The building is perhaps best known for a pair of neon "Jesus Saves" signs that Scott installed on the structure when he moved in. They originally stood atop the Church of the Open Door, at 6th and Hope.

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