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After Pandemic Losses, ArcLight And Pacific Theaters Plan To Close For Good




The exterior of the Arclight Cinerama Dome is seen prior to the 2002 IFP/West Los Angeles Film Festival Opening Night Gala on June 20, 2002 in Hollywood, California.
The exterior of the Arclight Cinerama Dome is seen prior to the 2002 IFP/West Los Angeles Film Festival Opening Night Gala on June 20, 2002 in Hollywood, California.
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The iconic Cinerama Dome in Hollywood, beloved by filmmakers and film lovers alike, is one of 300 Pacific Theaters screens set to close down permanently after the pandemic.

“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. Pacific Theaters is also the operator of the multiplexes at The Grove and The Americana, which function as important anchors to both shopping centers. The closures come as Los Angeles County recently expanded capacity for indoor moviegoing to 50%— but after over a year with shut doors, the economic effects of the pandemic have proven too catastrophic for smaller chains. Major Hollywood power players took to Twitter to mourn the loss of the ArcLight Hollywood, housed inside a concrete geodesic dome (the only one of its kind in the world) and featured prominently in films like “Once Upon A Time In Hollywood.” 

Today on AirTalk, we want to hear your thoughts about the Pacific Theaters closures and the loss of LA’s iconic Cinerama Dome. Comment below or give us a call at 866-893-5722.

Guest:

Anthony D’Alessandro, editorial director and box office editor at Deadline who has been covering this story; he tweets @AwardsTony