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March 31, 2009 | Rachel Abramowitz
As a studio executive at United Artists, Steven Bach presided over one of the most notorious debacles in movie history -- the making of 1980's "Heaven's Gate" -- an experience he would later write about in what would become a classic in the Hollywood tell-all genre, the 1985 book "Final Cut." Bach died Wednesday of cancer at his home in Vermont. He was 70.
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February 12, 2014 | By Christopher Hawthorne, Los Angeles Times Architecture Critic
Laugh all you want at those old public-access television clips of the late Dr. Gene Scott, the eccentric televangelist who sometimes wore two pairs of glasses at once and shouted at viewers to "Get on the telephone!" whenever his fundraising totals ebbed. He and his Los Angeles Universal Cathedral, operating from the 1927 United Artists Theatre in downtown Los Angeles, turned out to be surprisingly good friends to historic preservation. And say what you will about the quixotic plan hatched in 2000 by Bishop Kenneth Ulmer of the Faithful Central Bible Church in Inglewood to turn the Forum, once home to Magic Johnson's "Showtime" Lakers and Wayne Gretzky's Kings, into a thriving combination of mega-church and high-end arena.
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October 8, 2010 | By Dennis McLellan, Los Angeles Times
Andy Albeck, a former longtime United Artists executive whose tenure as president and chief executive in the late 1970s and early '80s was clouded by the high-profile failure of the epic western "Heaven's Gate," has died. He was 89. Albeck died of heart failure Sept. 29 at NYU Langone Medical Center in New York City, said his son, Johannes. In a 30-year career at United Artists that included serving as president of UA's broadcasting division and senior vice president of operations, Albeck was appointed the company's president and chief executive in 1978.
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November 4, 2013 | By Catharine M. Hamm, Los Angeles Times Travel editor
Reservations for the new Ace Hotel in downtown L.A. will be accepted beginning Monday (today) for the 182-room hipster inn that's expected to open Jan. 15. Ace, which has locations in London, Palm Springs and New York, among other places, is at 929 S. Broadway in the 1927 in the United Artists building and theater. Included in the 182-room count are 16 suites. Guests will also find a rooftop bar and such standard amenities as flat-screen TVs, Wi-Fi and room service. Some amenities you don't always see: a screening room (said to have been Mary Pickford's private screening room)
BUSINESS
January 9, 2004 | James Bates, Times Staff Writer
Bingham Ray, president of the United Artists specialty films unit of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Inc., is leaving the company effective immediately, MGM announced late Thursday. MGM said the decision was mutual and was made last year, but the company and Ray waited to disclose it. The New York-based Ray could not be reached for comment. The company said Ray would not be replaced. The unit will be run by Dan Rosette, executive vice president of United Artists, and Sarah Rose, senior vice president.
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November 12, 1985 | AL DELUGACH, Times Staff Writer
Financier Kirk Kerkorian on Monday named one of the most flamboyant and successful of contemporary Hollywood entrepreneurs to head his United Artists Corp. He is 48-year-old Jerry Weintraub. Although Weintraub's job as the new UA chairman and chief executive began immediately, he will not have a studio all his own until the completion of the $1.5-billion sale of UA's parent, MGM/UA Entertainment, to Turner Broadcasting System.
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September 6, 2000 | From Bloomberg News
United Artists Theatre Co. filed for bankruptcy protection from creditors after failing to repay $12.3 million to bondholders this year and announcing a debt-restructuring plan. The Englewood, Colo.-based company listed $521.9 million in assets and $667.6 million in debts in its Chapter 11 petition in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Wilmington, Del. The filing is just the latest by movie theater chains staggering from competition with the Internet and megaplex movie houses.
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August 21, 1986
The City Council on Tuesday gave final approval to a zoning change that will allow United Artists Corp. to build an 88,000-square-foot office building and small park on Wilshire Boulevard at Crescent Drive. The zoning change, approved earlier by the Planning Commission, converted the vacant lot from R-4 residential to C-3 commercial zoning. In exchange, United Artists agreed to put in the small park, which will serve as a buffer between the project and a residential neighborhood.
BUSINESS
February 12, 1987
United Artists Communications said it has an agreement in principle to acquire the theaters and some real estate for $108 million from the Litchfield Co., a limited partnership based in South Carolina. The theaters, which include 294 movie screens, are located primarily in South Carolina, North Carolina, Georgia, Alabama and Florida. With the proposed deal, UA would own and operate 2,029 movie screens in 33 states.
BUSINESS
January 24, 2001 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Telecommunications and railroad magnate Philip Anschutz has won control of United Artists Theater Circuit, the nation's sixth-largest movie theater chain, which is one among a string of cinema operators to file for bankruptcy protection to escape choking debts. The United Artists reorganization plan giving Anschutz control was approved by a federal bankruptcy judge in Delaware on Monday. Two weeks ago the privately held Anschutz Investment Co.
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September 12, 2013 | By Nicole Sperling
Paula Wagner, best known as Tom Cruise's former longtime producing partner, has been tapped to produce the 5th annual Governors Awards for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. At the gala, Angelina Jolie with be presented with the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award and Angela Lansbury, Steve Martin and costume designer Piero Tosi with be given honorary Oscars.  The non-televised event is scheduled for Nov. 16. SNEAKS: Movie trailers, full coverage “Paula's expertise, coupled with her love for film, makes her the ideal person to produce this special event,” said academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs.  “She is certain to deliver an exciting and memorable evening for our honorees and guests.” Wagner's feature film credits include the first three “Mission: Impossible” films, “Vanilla Sky,” “The Others” and “The Last Samurai.
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August 1, 2013 | By Nicole Sperling
As a teenager in the 1960s, Cheryl Boone Isaacs would often spend summers visiting her older brother, an advertising and publicity executive at United Artists in New York City. He would leave her in a screening room to watch movies all day long, fueling her love of film - and a career ambition. After graduating from Whittier College, she landed a job at Columbia Pictures as a film publicist. She remembers pinching herself when she first walked onto the studio lot, then in Burbank.
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December 2, 2012 | By Jori Finkel, Los Angeles Times
This form of validation comes with a check: Three artists from Southern California - Alison Saar, Kerry Tribe and William Leavitt - have been named USA fellows for 2012, receiving grants of $50,000 with no strings attached. United States Artists made the announcement of all 50 new fellows Sunday at a ceremony led by Tim Robbins and hosted by the Getty Museum. The visual artists who have received the honors could not be more different. PHOTOS: Arts and culture in pictures by The Times Leavitt, 71, is a conceptual sort of storyteller who was the subject in 2011 of a major retrospective at the Museum of Contemporary Art that showcased his enigmatic, stage-set-style installations alongside his paintings, works on paper and photographs.
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March 23, 2012 | By Ben Fritz, Los Angeles Times
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer has taken back full control of its legendary film label United Artists, is booking a loss on its recent release "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo" and has added a top TV executive to its board of directors, the independent studio revealed in financial filings this week. Formed in 1919 by film luminaries including Charlie Chaplin and Mary Pickford, UA became part of MGM in 1981. In 2006, UA became a joint venture between MGM and Tom Cruise and his producing partner Paula Wagner, who together got 30% of the company.
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January 24, 2012 | By Roger Vincent, Los Angeles Times
A downtown Los Angeles theater and office complex built by silent film stars will be converted to a hotel. Ace Hotel, a Portland, Ore., chain of boutique inns catering to the young and hip, will develop a new outpost in the historic United Artists building at Broadway and 9th Street. The 180-room hotel will occupy the office building's 13 floors, Ace said. It will have a pool, restaurant, bar and 1,600-seat theater when it opens in summer 2013. "The United Artists building has an intriguing history and is an outstanding example of 1920s gothic architecture," said Alex Calderwood, a co-founder of Ace Hotel.
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October 17, 2011 | By Roger Vincent, Los Angeles Times
A storied Los Angeles theater and office complex built by silent film stars that was later owned by one of the city's most popular televangelists has been purchased by East Coast investors. The historic United Artists building at Broadway and 9th Street in downtown Los Angeles was sold by Wescott Christian Center Inc. to Greenfield Partners for $11 million. Greenfield, a prominent hotel investor, hasn't revealed its plans for the property that once sported neon signs proclaiming "Jesus saves.
BUSINESS
June 24, 1986
"It is our firm conviction that each of the creative divisions will be free to devote their attention to a single task: that of making United Artists Corp. the most important supplier of quality motion picture and television product in the world," said UA Chairman Lee Rich. He said the MGM film unit will be headed by Alan Ladd Jr., the UA movie division by Anthony Thomopoulos and the MGM/UA Television Group by David Gerber. MGM and UA are primarily owned by Las Vegas financier Kirk Kerkorian.
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April 17, 1992 | DAVID WHARTON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
An East Valley cable company has withdrawn as one of the few cable systems across the nation to offer an experimental technology called multiplexing. From October until early this month, United Artists Cable offered three channels of HBO, each channel drawing from the network's monthly pool of films and programs but with varying schedules. Subscribers could sign up for the test at slightly higher rates than one-channel HBO.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 14, 2011 | By Dennis McLellan, Los Angeles Times
John Calley, a former top executive at Warner Bros., United Artists and Sony Pictures Entertainment and a producer whose credits include "The Remains of the Day" and "The Da Vinci Code," has died. He was 81. Calley died Tuesday at his home in Los Angeles after a long illness, according to Steve Elzer, a spokesman for Sony Pictures. Highly regarded by Hollywood's creative community, Calley in 2009 was named the recipient of the Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
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March 29, 2011
Times reader Scott Broadhurst shot this photo of the Spanish Gothic-style United Artists theater in downtown Los Angeles, as reflected from the sleek California Market Center building across the street. Broadhurst titled this photo "Reflections of the Past. " The theater at 937 S. Broadway was built by the founders of United Artists Pictures (Mary Pickford, Charles Chaplin, Douglas Fairbanks and D.W. Griffith) as a venue for movie premieres. It opened the day after Christmas 1927 and enjoyed many decades as a movie theater.
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