Deadline Hollywood: Arclight Cinemas and Pacific Theatres Won’t Be Reopening

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Cinerama Dome, from Wikipedia. It opened in 1963.

Reprinted from Deadline Hollywood by Anthony D’Alessandro on April 12, 2021.

“The last thing we needed to hear as the box office and exhibition were rebounding from the pandemic was a piece of bad news, but word spread like wild fire in distribution and exhibition circles that the Arclight Cinemas and Pacific Theatres won’t be reopening,” writes Anthony D’Alessandro in Deadline Hollywood. “The chain has issued a statement below.

“Last week, I was hearing that the chain was shooting for a Memorial Day weekend reopening with A Quiet Place Part II and Cruella, now those hopes look dashed, and at an unfortunate time because it’s expected that Los Angeles County could get the opportunity to operate at 100% capacity in movie theaters well before California Governor Newsom’s June 15 wide-open order. Decurion’s crown jewel in its Arclight suite is its Hollywood multiplex and its 58-year old Cinerama Dome location on Sunset Blvd which made a big came on in Quentin Tarantino’s Oscar-winning Once Upon a Time in Hollywood and is many filmmakers’ favorite venue. The Hollywood Arclight is also one of the highest grossing movie theaters in the nation; again a huge blow to the industry and the L.A. market which is in its fourth week of a robust reopening. …

Deadline Hollywood 4/12

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