Goodbye Cinerama Dome – Pacific Theaters and Arclight Cinemas Close Permanently

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You should’ve used those Arclight points. Pacific Theaters and Arclight Cinemas announced today that its locations are closing permanently as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“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,” reads a statement on “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.”

Variety reports that between the Pacific Theatres and Arclight brands, the Decurion Corporation controlled more than 300 screens in California. The 18 Pacific Theatres screens at the Glendale Americana and 14 at the Grove in the Fairfax District of Los Angeles are both major anchors for those entertainment centers. Other Pacific locations were in Northridge, Sherman Oaks, Lakewood and Chatsworth.

The Arclight Hollywood was modeled after Grand Central Station. There was a gift store and a restaurant in the lobby. It was also known for displaying props, and costumes from the movies it was showing at the time. It was one of the first theaters to offer assigned seating and the theater chain had point system where you accrued points with each purchase. These points could be be used for special discounts and free items. All those points are long lost.

However, the biggest loss will be the closure of the Pacific Cinerama Dome theater located at 6360 Sunset Boulevard. The honeycomb-shaped theater offered widescreen Cinerama films and was played host to numerous blockbuster movie premiers. It first opened on November 7, 1963.

With the recent closures, the theaters are most likely up for grabs and could open under a different name.

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