It is hoped that the art house paradise ArcLight Cinemas and adjoining Cinerama Dome – a popular destination for Hollywood’s most respected directors – will reopen in time for the 2022 awards season and the holidays. the end of the year is fading.
Many studio sources said The Hollywood Reporter that the Sunset Boulevard complex wouldn’t reopen until the end of 2023, after they were told it could happen this year.
In April 2021, the Decurion Group said it was closing the Dome and Pacific Theater chains, including ArcLight Hollywood, a haven for home art enthusiasts. Decurion owns the land beneath the actual Dome and has made it clear to followers that it plans to keep the iconic location.
Social media lit up in December 2021 when a public notice of an application to sell alcoholic beverages was posted outside the building. At the time, studio distribution sources confirmed that the theater, built in 1963 by Decurion, was preparing to resume showings at both the Dome and ArcLight.
Now, the same sources are being told nothing will happen until next year, although the application was approved this summer.
The only sign of life at the complex on a recent September day was a guard standing outside ArcLight, whose floor-to-ceiling windows are covered with plywood (same goes for the Dome) . In the event of an absence, AMC Theater is the biggest beneficiary of the closure of Decurion’s Hollywood complex, amid AMC’s new location at The Grove – formerly due to the defunct Decurion at Pacific Theatre – and AMC Century City previously operated.
“The filmmakers kept asking me what was going on with ArcLight and Dome,” said one distribution executive. Other sources say they have been informed that significant renovation works are underway.
Decurion herself remains a mother and does not immediately respond to comments on this work.
The Dome has long been a favorite venue for premieres, while the Arclight multiplex is also a favorite for awards season screenings and premieres.
This story first appeared in The Hollywood Reporter September 16th issue. Click here to subscribe.