Iconic L.A. theater Cinerama Dome will reopen with new name

Los Angeles film buffs, rejoice. Sunset Boulevard, formerly known as the Cinerama Dome, continues to close in on a reopening with a new name and new plans.

Variety first reported Thursday that the popular screening venue’s owners, Decurion Corp., have obtained a liquor license for two bars and a restaurant. “Cinerama Hollywood” was listed as the company in the license application.

In December 2021, sources told The Times that the domed theater and adjacent former ArcLight Hollywood multiplex would reopen after closing early in the COVID-19 pandemic.

Records from the California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control now show that four licenses are active and were issued on June 3rd. The reopening plans will also include the 14-screen ArcLight Hollywood, according to Variety.

Decurion officials did not immediately respond to a request for comment Thursday.

In April 2021, the owner of Pacific Theaters and ArcLight Cinemas announced that it would not be reopening its venues, including Dome and ArcLight Hollywood, due to financial issues caused by the pandemic.

“This was not the result that anyone wanted, but despite tremendous efforts that have exhausted all possible options, the company has no viable way forward,” Pacific Theaters said in a statement at the time.

The closure sparked strong reactions from Hollywood greats, including filmmakers Rian Johnson (“Knives Out”), Melina Matsoukas (“Queen & Slim”) and Adam McKay (“Don’t Look Up”).

“If I’m honest, I think I’m in denial. I can’t imagine Hollywood without the ArcLight,” McKay told the Times last year. “I really can not.”

Even with a refreshed moniker and new restaurants in the works, it’s unclear when Hollywood theaters will officially reopen. However, the latest news could be a glimmer of hope for the city’s cinematic landscape, which has just bid farewell to Landmark Theater’s flagship Westside location.

Landmark Theaters announced in May that its Pico Boulevard location would close at the end of the month’s lease. The closure came after the company failed to reach an agreement with its landlord.

https://www.latimes.com/entertainment-arts/movies/story/2022-06-30/cinerama-dome-reopening-new-name-arclight-hollywood Iconic L.A. theater Cinerama Dome will reopen with new name

Sarah Ridley

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