ArcLight Cinemas, Pacific Theaters to shut after pandemic

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In a surprising blow to moviegoers, cinema chain Pacific Theatres and ArcLight Cinemas is not going to reopen its areas, the corporate mentioned Monday.

“After shutting our doorways greater than a yr in the past, right now we should share the troublesome and unhappy information that Pacific is not going to be reopening its ArcLight Cinemas and Pacific Theatres areas,” the corporate mentioned in a press release. “This was not the result anybody wished, however regardless of an enormous effort that exhausted all potential choices, the corporate doesn’t have a viable means ahead.”

Los Angeles-based Pacific, whose areas embody the favored ArcLight Hollywood on Sundown Boulevard, is the newest sufferer of the COVID-19 pandemic that wrecked the theatrical exhibition trade. Theaters in Los Angeles simply began to reopen final month in time for the discharge of Warner Bros.’s “Godzilla vs. Kong.” However whereas massive chains similar to AMC reopened swiftly, smaller corporations have taken longer.

Hollywood studios delayed their huge blockbusters for months and month, ready for extra theaters to reopen throughout the nation. The wait created a vicious chicken-and-egg situation, through which theaters struggled with out huge new films to point out and studios didn’t need to shoulder the danger of releasing costly blockbusters in a hampered market.

The demise of ArcLight and Pacific, that are owned by L.A.-based Decurion Corp, is among the highest profile leisure trade corporations to go fall sufferer to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Theaters throughout the nation have negotiated deferred lease funds to landlords. It isn’t clear what finally pressured Pacific and ArcLight to throw within the towel. Beforehand, Austin, Texas-based Alamo Drafthouse declared Chapter 11 chapter, as did Dallas-based Studio Film Grill, however each have mentioned they’re not going out of enterprise.

A spokesman for Pacific and ArcLight declined to supply additional remark.

ArcLight, launched in 2002, had 11 areas — six within the Los Angeles space together with the flagship Hollywood theater and Pacific Cinerama Dome on Sundown Boulevard. It additionally has theaters in Boston, Chicago, Washington and San Diego. Amongst its fashionable locations was the Santa Monica 14-screen theater that opened in 2015.

The ArcLight model was of explicit significance within the movie group, which reveres its native cinemas. The Hollywood location hosted particular trade screening and ceaselessly had filmmakers as visitors to talk to attendees. ArcLight was additionally a pioneer within the pattern of film homes serving wine, beer and cocktails.

ArcLight confronted growing competitors from larger corporations making an attempt to up the luxurious cinema recreation with recliner seats and in-theater eating. Firms similar to Cinepolis and AMC opened theaters that supplied patrons the choice of ordering meals from their seats.

Pacific had six areas, all in California, together with theaters in Glendale on the Americana at Model and on the Grove purchasing complicated. Los Angeles, the guts of the leisure trade, was among the many final main metropolitan areas to reopen theaters, making the corporate notably susceptible to the challenges posed by the pandemic. Los Angeles primarily based arthouse chain Laemmle, which is household owned, didn’t reopen till this previous weekend.

“To all of the Pacific and ArcLight staff who’ve devoted their skilled lives to creating our theaters the perfect locations on this planet to see films: we’re grateful on your service and your dedication to our clients,” Pacific Theatres added in its assertion. “To our visitors and members of the movie trade who’ve made going to the films such a magical expertise through the years: our deepest thanks. It has been an honor and a pleasure to serve you.”

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