ArcLight Cinemas and Pacific Theatres will not reopen due to losses suffered during the pandemic. The news comes just one week after Los Angeles County allowed movie theaters to increase capacity. The harsh restrictions imposed during quarantine, economic turmoil, and rise in streaming ultimately was the kiss of death for these beloved theaters.
“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 also operates the multiplexes at The Grove and The Americana shopping malls in the Los Angeles area.
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.
I think this is honestly a trend we can expect to see a lot of moving forward post-pandemic. We live in a society will gathering with strangers to view entertainment has become what feels like a distant memory. People have gotten so use to being couch potatoes and streamers whether it be on TV or phones, that rushing to the theater to see something is basically turned in to a novelty.
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.”