Over a year after theaters shuttered their doors due to the ongoing pandemic, ArcLight Cinemas and Pacific Theaters have announced they are permanently closing their doors. Even though recently released films like Godzilla vs. Kong have restored some public faith in cinemas, some chains have been unable to recover.
ArcLight and Pacific Theaters parent company said in an official statement, “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...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.”
The closing of these theater chains means that the public will be losing many iconic cinemas, like the Cinerama Dome, which has been a staple in Hollywood for film premieres and cameos in flicks like Melrose Place and Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, and was declared a historical monument in 1998.
The company continued by saying, “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.”
Pacific and ArcLight theaters have not been the only cinemas to suffer during the pandemic. AMC has reported $4.4 billion in losses due to the pandemic, and Alamo Drafthouse recently filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy.
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