This week, a celebration of women in cinema begins in Downtown. Although the event organized by the Hollywood Women’s Film Institute carries the title the Hollywood Women’s Film Festival, it starts with a local event that has historic ties to the area.

The festival kicks off at the Theatre at Ace Hotel (929 S. Broadway) on Wednesday, June 12, with an 8 p.m. screening of Why Not Choose Love? A Mary Pickford Manifesto, a biopic about actress and producer Mary Pickford. One of the first Hollywood stars, Pickford co-founded United Artists, which opened and operated the venue that is now the Theatre at Ace Hotel, but for decades was known as the United Artists Theater; she also co-founded the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. The screening will be followed by a panel discussion.

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