The coronavirus pandemic has badly hit the entertainment and theatre business. While the industry is still trying to bounce back, Pacific Theaters, which operates some 300 screens in California, including the ArcLight theaters and the historic Cinerama Dome in Hollywood is shutting down.
“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.
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.
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 theaters were a favorite 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. Latecomers were not admitted entry.
Several celebs took to social media to express their dismay over the news.
The Cinerama Dome is a concrete geodesic dome on Sunset Bouelvard 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.
Positioned 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.