There will be a tour conducted of the historic United Artists Theater Saturday, March 14th. If you’ve never seen the inside of the building, it’s well worth the trip. For those of you who don’t know, Dr. Gene Scott purchased the United Artists Theater back in the early 1990s well before downtown’s renaissance and the influx of urban pioneers. The theater’s heyday was back in the 1920s when movie stars Mary Pickford, Charlie Chaplin, and Douglas Fairbanks built it based on the Baroque architecture they’d seen on their travels to Spain.
By the time Dr. Scott rescued the structure, it was in a terrible state. The back alley was full of crack addicts and prostitutes, the interior’s treasures had been pilfered and the infrastructure soiled from decades of neglect and abuse. It’s nice to see that the company who recently purchased the property from Pastor Melissa Scott, which now houses the trendy Ace Hotel, has taken such good care of the theater and is continuing to improve it.