A major blow for Southern California movie buffs and those in Los Angeles in particular the ArcLight Cinemas and Pacific Theatres is closing all of their 16 locations for good after seeing their business destroyed by the pandemic.
ArcLight’s stable encompasses the beloved Cinerama Dome Hollywood. The Dome, built-in 1963 by Pacific Theatres’ parent company the Decurion Corp., is the crown jewel of the small theater complex that was later reconstructed in the early 2000s.
Around the decades, the Dome, in specific, has been a special site place to stage premieres it timed its opening to the global launch of It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World and is beloved among many cinephiles.
In current years, the ArcLight Hollywood complex has been a fortress for both first-run movies and independent titles and was among the first L.A. cinemas to offer high-end food.
“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,” said a statement issued by Pacific Theatres.
“To our guests and members of the film industry who have made going to the movies such a magical experience over the years: our deepest thanks,” the statement continued. “It has been an honor and a pleasure to serve you.”
No ArcLight or Pacific location has reopened since the pandemic commenced. On Monday afternoon, word quickly spread across Hollywood that they will remain grimy for good.
At the commencement of the pandemic, the National Association of Theatre Owners advised that minor and regional independent chains, such as Pacific and ArcLight, might never recover from the COVID-19 crisis.
Later on Monday night, there were moments of gallows mood on social media. A number of users semi-seriously implored filmmakers such as Christopher Nolan and Quentin Tarantino to step in and secure the future of Arclight Hollywood and screenwriter, director, producer and actor Jon Kasdan tweeted his completely decent proposal of people going in with him to buy the building. Among those answering Kasdan’s clarion call was Grey’s Anatomy, Station 19 and Rebel showrunner Krista Vernoff.