Former home of the Western Costume Co est. 1924. Adjacent to the United Artists Theater and now also the Ace Hotel, 939 South Broadway was the largest costume rental house in the world, responsible for 99% of the costumes used in all Western movies in the early days of Hollywood. The 11-story building featured a drive-on elevator that would take cars to the rooftop parking lot was the vision of big-screen stars Mary Pickford, Charlie Chaplin, and the other partners of the United Artists studio. Thousands of people crowded the street of Broadway then to see the groundbreaking ceremony, hoping to catch a glimpse of the celebrity participants. Broadway was the hot spot for movie theaters in Los Angeles until the Western Costume Co. relocated to Hollywood - the new center of the filmmaking business.