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San Pedro could get a hotel next to historic Warner Grand theater

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The 80-room hotel would have a rooftop deck and bar

The historic Warner Grand Theatre can be seen on the right.
Via joint Northwest, Central, and Coastal San Pedro neighborhood councils

San Pedro’s historic movie palace, the Warner Grand Theatre, could be getting a fancy neighbor. Plans presented at an October 17 joint meeting of the Northwest, Central, and Coastal San Pedro neighborhood councils show the seven-story boutique hotel that would rise on a now-vacant lot at the corner of Sixth Street and Pacific Avenue.

The hotel’s designs, by Axis GFA Architecture + Design, attempt to incorporate elements of the Warner Grand and surrounding buildings, such as zig zag banding and chevron patterns. The hotel will also have a neon blade sign, as the theater does.

In addition to 80 guest rooms, the structure would also hold a 2,000-square-foot restaurant and a rooftop deck and bar.

Property records show the parcel is owned by an LLC connected to West Hollywood-based development firm AJ Khair, which was a developer on the recently opened La Peer Hotel on Melrose.

The firm also has a hotel in the works on Wilcox north of Franklin Avenue in Hollywood.

AJ Khair declined to answer questions about the project, and a timeline for the build-out of the hotel has not been announced.

The Warner Grand is a landmark movie theater designed by B. Marcus Priteca in what the Los Angeles Conservancy calls a “Classical Moderne” style. The interiors are Art Deco all the way, with Deco tile and lighting fixtures.

Like many old movie houses, it went through a series of names and programming changes in the decades since its 1931 opening. It was purchased by the Department of Cultural Affairs in 1996, and is now used as a venue for a variety of events.

The lot where the hotel will rise has been vacant since 2015, when a fire destroyed a commercial building on the site, Urbanize LA notes.