blogdowntown 89.3 KPCC | Southern California Public Radio

Stay Connected

@blogdowntown on Twitter
blogdowntown on Facebook


LAHTF Prepares to Talk 'All About' the United Artists

By Eric Richardson
Published: Monday, November 29, 2010, at 11:51AM
United Artists Theatre, Los Angeles Wendell F. Benedetti [Flickr]

The ornate inside of the United Artists theatre, currently for sale on Broadway.

The United Artists Theatre is one of the best preserved of Broadway's historic theatres, but the 1927 structure is one that most Downtown residents have never stepped a foot inside.

That will change next Saturday, December 11, when the Los Angeles Historic Theatre Foundation opens the building's doors for its "All About" series.

UPDATE (Tuesday, 4pm): The tour has been postponed until sometime after the first of the year.

“Theatre owners donate the use of their buildings for our All About tours. On occasion it becomes necessary to adjust our tour dates to accommodate the theatre owner. We are well aware of the great public interest in the United Artists Theatre tour and look forward to proceeding with the event in the future,” said Hillsman Wright, Executive Director of the LAHTF.

"All About the United Artists" will be a two-part tour, with a 9:30 to 11am "all access" session for members of the non-profit and an 11am to 1pm opening for the general public. Tickets are available on the LAHTF website.

The group would love to acquire the historic theatre, which has been on the market for the past year. Executive Director Hillsman Wright told blogdowntown in August that such a deal would likely require finding a developer interested in buying the building and then leasing the theatre back to the group while renovating the office space above.

Dr. Gene Scott leased the United Artists in 1989 as the new home of his University Cathedral, later purchasing the building. Scott passed away in 2005 and the church is the owner currently listing the property for sale.


Tweet This Story || Share on Facebook

Related Stories: