LA’s Swanky Chinatown Throwback: Kim Sing Theatre

A vintage film house turned into a trendy boutique hotel.

Who doesn’t love a historic building turned into a trendy boutique hotel? Especially when it’s a vintage film house in DTLA’s Chinatown?

Kim Sing Theatre, a vaudeville theatre from the 1920s, has spanking new renovations and is open to the public for the first time in over a decade. The theatre fell into decline after many years of non-use after its hey-day. Fortunately the property was salvaged and upgraded into a state-of-the-art residence and event space where guests can sleep, play and mingle.

Kim Sing Theatre is less like a regular hotel and more like a one-of-a-kind Airbnb experience. For one thing, when booking guests get to reserve the entire space rather than just one room. This means that when you book you’re getting 3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, 3 living areas, laundry room, dining room, kitchen, private garage and courtyard. It’s more than enough space for a getaway with extended families, friends and all types of group stays for 10-15 people. Kim Sing Theatre can also be rented out for events like product launches, socials and private parties.

The space comes with a ton of innovative, contemporary amenities which makes it one of the most stand-out properties of its kind. The most fun amenities include an indoor and outdoor sound system, meditation dome, Nest thermostats in every room and jumbo Jenga blocks. Like a typical Airbnb, the kitchen comes fully stocked and then some with multiple varieties of stemware, plates, cutlery and high end cooking equipment. The property is also working to bring your own coffee shop, SPLA, to the building as well as in-house dining options and private chefs.

The sleek, boutique-y design is exceptional, which includes the unique architecture of the building as well as the interior. The space sports distinct accents that pay homage to historic Chinatowns, like bright red walls, colorful wall paper and vintage art posters. The sunken square living room is a classic throwback to the 60’s which will make you feel like you’re sipping cocktails at a swanky East-Meets-West lounge back in the day. Each bedroom is trendy and cozy displaying vibrant accents and contemporary bathrooms with everything you need. The meditation dome on the second floor is a heavenly geometric dome with furry white pillows and cushions where everyone will want to spend all of their time. Kim Sing Theatre seamlessly presents cutting-edge modern minimalist design without losing its unique sense of place and history.

The surrounding DTLA and Chinatown area is hardly lacking in things to do but still shields you from all the hectic urban sprawl. LA’s Chinatown has been developing cool bars and restaurants and has become a trendy place to hang out in recent years. All of the gastronomic and nightlife offerings of DTLA is just a few minutes away as well as the neighborhoods of Echo Park, Koreatown and Highland Park.

With all of its innovative design and amenities, Kim Sing Theatre offers a truly one-of-a-kind hospitality experience that you won’t find elsewhere. Watch the video to catch a glimpse of the space and all of the fun waiting for you during your next getaway!

Nadia Cho

Communications Associate

As the empowered female behind the blog: International Women of Mystery, Nadia reps Team JST traveling the world in search of exclusive features on hidden gems and cool hotspots. You can find her exploring metropolitan cities or lounging on tropical beaches.

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