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California’s Pacific Theatres & ArcLight Theatres Shut Down Permanently!

April 14th, 2021 | by vBollywood Author
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California’s Pacific Theatres & ArcLight Theatres Shut Down Permanently!
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Pacific Theaters operates 300 screens in California that includes the popular ArcLight theatres & the Cinerama Dome in Hollywood will shut down.

Hollywood’s theatrical business is reviving and some exhibitors, the last year has been unfortunate. Pacific Theaters operates some 300 screens in California, including the ArcLight theatres and the historic Cinerama Dome in Hollywood, said that it will not be reopening.

“This was not the outcome anyone wanted, but despite a huge effort that exhausted all potential options, the company does not have a viable way forward,” a Pacific Theaters representative said in a written statement.

Pacific Theaters also operates the multiplexes at The Grove and The Americana shopping malls in the Los Angeles area. Los Angeles County recently expanded capacity for indoor moviegoing to 50% after more than a year of being closed, but many smaller chains have struggled to remain solvent.

The ArcLight theatres were a favourite of many entertainment industry professionals and celebrities, with locations throughout Southern California. The ArcLight Hollywood was the first in the chain to open in 2002 featuring the then-novel concept of reserved seating and ushers who introduced each showing.

One of the biggest losses for movie fans is the historic Cinerama Dome. The concrete geodesic dome on Sunset Boulevard is an official historic monument and a tourist attraction in and of itself, featured in movies like Quentin Tarantino’s “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” and occasionally decorated for higher profile premieres. It is located adjacent to the ArcLight Hollywood, it was commissioned in 1963 by Pacific Theatres founder William R. Forman as a state of the art way to see movies using three projectors for its custom curved screen and is only one of three in the world to have the capability.

The company thanked its employees, guests and members of the film industry for the years of support. “It has been an honor and a pleasure to serve you,” the statement continued.

Photo courtesy: https://www.latimes.com/entertainment-arts/story/

(Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)

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