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Getting ready for the opening of Downtown's Ace Hotel on Monday, LA historian Nathan Masters shares a look back at the 87-year-old United Artist building's history as a glamorous movie theater in the '20s, a Spanish-language film house after that, and a home for a televangelist's "fiery sermons" (hence the "Jesus Saves" sign on the roof). Masters sheds a tear that the grittiness of the place will likely be washed away with the new hotel's arrival: "Gentrification is hardly a sin, of course, but it's a shame when signature parts of a neighborhood can't be saved." [LA Magazine]

United Artists Theatre

933 S. Broadway, Los Angeles, CA