Movie theater near Lakewood Center to close permanently, company announces

The Pacific Theatres location adjacent to the Lakewood Center shopping mall will close down permanently—part of a companywide shutdown of more than 300 movie screens across California, officials announced today.

“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,” the company said in an online statement.

“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.”

Owned by the Decurion Corporation, both the Pacific Theatres and Arclight brands will be closing permanently, including major anchor movie houses at the Grove shopping center in Los Angeles and Americana at Brand in Glendale.

ArcLight’s centerpiece Hollywood location included the historic Cinerama Dome. The Pacific Theatres location at Lakewood Center was home to 16 movie screens.

The movie theatre industry has been decimated by the COVID-19 pandemic. In California, no ArcLight or Pacific location has reopened since the pandemic began.

“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,” read the statement issued by Pacific Theaters. “It has been an honor and a pleasure to serve you.”

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