In a statement, it was announced today that Arclight Cinemas and Pacific Theaters will permanently close all their locations as a consequence of the pandemic-induced business downturn. The California chain boasted 300 theaters, including the 58-year old Cinerama Dome (which you recently may have seen in Quentin Tarantino’s Oscar-winning Once Upon A Time In Hollywood) and its Arclight Hollywood Megaplex. The Hollywood Arclight has been one of the highest grossing megaplexes in the nation.
It’s a particularly sad ending, given the recent announcement that theaters in Los Angeles will be able to open to 100% capacity by June 15th at the latest (if not sooner, given recent vaccine distribution successes). The chain’s statement is below:
“After shutting our doors more than a year ago, today we must share the difficult and sad news that Pacific will not be reopening its ArcLight Cinemas and Pacific Theatres locations.
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.
To all the Pacific and ArcLight employees who have devoted 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 dedication to our customers.
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.”
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It is currently uncertain if the chain will become up for sale, or what moves will be made going forward.