The Closure of Arclight Cinemas Has LA Movie Lovers in Mourning — and Asking, Can It Be Saved?

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The Closure of Arclight Cinemas Has LA Movie Lovers in Mourning — and Asking, Can It Be Saved? Photo

The news that the Arclight Cinemas are closing permanently — part of the larger closure that includes Pacific Theaters in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic — hit the film industry, and the greater Los Angeles community, like a shockwave.

Actor Ben Schwartz echoed that feeling. “The Arclight Hollywood was my most favorite theatre in the world to see movies,” he tweeted. “I saw my first movie in LA there when I moved here in 2009 and the last movie before the pandemic there. Truly a bummer.

Writer-producer Liz Hannah called the news “truly devastating” and underlined the emotional connection she shared with so many about the theater: “I know I’m not alone in feeling that the Arclight shaped so much of my experience and friendships in Los Angeles.”

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