Boutique Design - September 2017 - 18
CONVERTED THEATER BOOSTS
LA NEIGHBORHOOD'S REVIVAL
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The economic rebirth of a neighborhood is often a series of small steps that
build on each other. So it is with Los Angeles' Chinatown, which local developer Ash Pathi says "is truly on the verge of a major moment."
A few years back, Pathi says his company, Indra & Co., brought a Mexicali
Tacos restaurant into the neighborhood, at a location on Figueroa Street that
quickly became a major draw. Now, Indra has converted an adjoining former
theater into the neighborhood's first micro-boutique hotel.
That property debuted in 1926 as the Kim Sing Theatre, which first hosted
vaudeville acts, then took on a new role as a movie house specializing in
kung-fu flicks before eventually becoming vacant. That changed in 2000, when
it was bought by Willard Ford (son of actor Harrison Ford), who renovated the
property and used it for events, as well as a furniture and fashion showroom,
and as his own private residence.
The property's latest reel began running last year, when Indra bought the
property from Ford. In its coverage of that transaction, the Los Angeles Times
noted that while he owned it, Ford collaborated with locally based XTen Architecture to create an internal courtyard, an audio-visual room, a large kitchen
and retail space within the property, while also retaining many of its original
features, including its neon marquee outside and bow-truss ceilings inside.
Indra's new event space/micro-hotel occupies a two-story space that
features three bedrooms with en suite bathrooms and an additional half bath.
The venue is also home to an open kitchen, meeting rooms, a meditation
lounge, a private screening room and a 2,200-sq.-ft. courtyard.
The hotel's bedroom areas were given a refresh by Indra's in-house staff. In
addition, the locale's meditation room and "conversation pit" were spruced up
for Katy Perry several weeks prior to the hotel's opening, as the singer held a
live streaming event there to promote the debut of her latest album.
Pathi believes the property's latest incarnation will spark further redevelopment in the area. "The Kim Sing complex anchors a major corner of the neighborhood, with direct access points to Echo Park, Downtown LA and Pasadena,
making it the perfect home base," he says. "This is not just a destination
designed for tourists, but is also a space to anchor the neighborhood, bringing
this once thriving locale back to life."
As proof, Pathi notes that several new dining options are slated to open
soon nearby on Figueroa, including a new SPLA specialty coffee shop.
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