Arclight Cinemas and Pacific Theaters, including Hollywood’s CineramaDome, are closing

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Just as movie attendance is experiencing a resurgence this summer after being decimated by COVID-19, one of Los Angeles’ most beloved theater chains – Arclight Cinemas – is closing its doors permanently.

All Arclight Cinemas locations and Pacific Theaters locations – both owned by The Decurion Corporation – will close their doors for good, according to a statement the chain has provided to Deadline

While Los Angeles theaters have been slowly reopening in recent weeks, the Arclight was hoping to reopen for the first time in over a year during the Memorial Day holiday, but it’s not happening yet.

“ After closing our doors over a year ago, today we have to share the difficult and sad news that Pacific will not reopen its ArcLight Cinemas and Pacific Theaters venues, ” the statement began.

Shutting Down: Just as movie attendance is experiencing a resurgence this summer after being decimated by COVID-19, one of Los Angeles' most beloved theater chains - Arclight Cinemas - is closing its doors permanently

Shutting Down: Just as movie attendance is experiencing a resurgence this summer after being decimated by COVID-19, one of Los Angeles’ most beloved theater chains – Arclight Cinemas – is closing its doors permanently

“This was not the outcome anyone wanted, but despite a tremendous effort that has exhausted all possible options, the company has no viable way forward,” the statement continued.

“To all Pacific and ArcLight employees who have dedicated their professional lives to making our theaters the very best places in the world to see movies: we are grateful for your service and your commitment to our customers,” the statement added. to.

“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. It has been an honor and a pleasure to serve you, ” the statement concluded.

Arclight Cinemas operated six Los Angeles theaters, including the famous Arclight Hollywood, attached to the iconic CineramaDome on Sunset Boulevard.

Arclight Hollywood: Arclight Cinemas operated six Los Angeles theaters, including the famous Arclight Hollywood, attached to the iconic CineramaDome on Sunset Boulevard

Arclight Hollywood: Arclight Cinemas operated six Los Angeles theaters, including the famous Arclight Hollywood, attached to the iconic CineramaDome on Sunset Boulevard

Arclight Hollywood: Arclight Cinemas operated six Los Angeles theaters, including the famous Arclight Hollywood, attached to the iconic CineramaDome on Sunset Boulevard

There were also Arclight theaters in San Diego, Chicago, Boston and Bethesda, and Pacific Theaters served an additional 300 screens across California, including The Grove at Farmer’s Market and one of the few drive-in theaters in Los Angeles, Vineland Drive -in. the city of industry.

Arclight and Pacific’s parent company, Decurion, is said to be “ handing over the keys ” to the landlords of all Arclight and Pacific properties.

There’s no word yet whether the chains are for sale as it is possible that the landlords will be able to return the keys to some properties, meaning the chain is not bankrupt even though they are entering a ‘thick lease’ negotiation.

The report adds that the locations that Decurion does not own are the ones where they are notably ‘upside down’ with their leases, although the chain is waiting to see which of their leases they get back before putting the chain up for sale .

Grove: There were also Arclight theaters in San Diego, Chicago, Boston, and Bethesda, and Pacific Theaters served an additional 300 screens across California, including The Grove at Farmer's Market (above) and one of the few drive-in theaters in Los Angeles, the Vineland Drive-in in the City of Industry

Grove: There were also Arclight theaters in San Diego, Chicago, Boston, and Bethesda, and Pacific Theaters served an additional 300 screens across California, including The Grove at Farmer's Market (above) and one of the few drive-in theaters in Los Angeles, the Vineland Drive-in in the City of Industry

Grove: There were also Arclight theaters in San Diego, Chicago, Boston, and Bethesda, and Pacific Theaters served an additional 300 screens across California, including The Grove at Farmer’s Market (above) and one of the few drive-in theaters in Los Angeles, the Vineland Drive-in in the City of Industry

The chain gave notice to its theater staff, while it was reported over the weekend that Arclight Culver City was being evicted after a notice was spotted on the doors of the shuttered theater.

The notice was dated March 29 and revealed that they had not paid the full March rent, which was $ 181,900.40.

All 19 locations operated by Arclight and Pacific raised $ 114 million in 2019, it said IndieWire, with the Arclight Hollywood venue said to be one of the top-grossing theaters in the entire country.

Upon closing its doors in March 2020, the Arclight Cinemas Twitter announced that they will “ temporarily close all venues, ” while thanking customers for their “ continued loyalty and understanding during this time. ”

Thanks: Upon closing the doors in March 2020, the Arclight Cinemas Twitter announced that they will be 'closing all locations temporarily', while thanking the customers for their 'continued loyalty and understanding during this time'.

Thanks: Upon closing the doors in March 2020, the Arclight Cinemas Twitter announced that they will be 'closing all locations temporarily', while thanking the customers for their 'continued loyalty and understanding during this time'.

Thanks: Upon closing the doors in March 2020, the Arclight Cinemas Twitter announced that they will be ‘closing all locations temporarily’, while thanking the customers for their ‘continued loyalty and understanding during this time’.

Almost exactly a year later, when theaters in Los Angeles reopened, they posted a new statement on Twitter, indicating that they were not fully opening yet.

“Arclight Cinemas remains committed to providing a meaningful communal cinema experience,” the statement began.

“Given the complexity of the current situation, we will not reopen cinemas until operating conditions have stabilized and we are able to deliver the Arclight experience you have come to know and love. We miss you and look forward to welcoming you again, ” the statement concluded.

The Deadline report revealed that the chain hoped to reopen over the Memorial Day holiday weekend, when Disney’s Cruella and Paramount’s A Quiet Place II will be released.

Los Angeles County Public Health guidelines currently allow Los Angeles theaters to open with a capacity of 50%, or 200 people, whichever is less.

California Governor Gavin Newsom also said he hopes the state will be 100 percent open by June 15, and Los Angeles theaters may be 100 percent open before then.

Not Opening: Almost exactly a year later, when theaters in Los Angeles reopened, they posted a new statement on Twitter, showing that they were not opening fully yet

Not Opening: Almost exactly a year later, when theaters in Los Angeles reopened, they posted a new statement on Twitter, showing that they were not opening fully yet

Not Opening: Almost exactly a year later, when theaters in Los Angeles reopened, they posted a new statement on Twitter, showing that they were not opening fully yet