Cinerama Dome Eyes to reopen in Q2 2025 – Deadline
Exclusive: There will be a major disruption for distributors before 2024: The Cinerama Dome and the former Arclight Cinemas next door will not reopen next year. Instead, mark your calendars for an expected reopening in the second quarter of 2025, Deadline reported.
The delay is largely due to ongoing remodeling in the space including restaurants, event space, etc., and has nothing to do with the disrupted 2024 theatrical release calendar. Many weekends were left bare amid the fallout from the dual WGA and SAG-AFTRA strikes this year.
Since the closure of the Cinerama Dome and its sister Arclight Cinema, distributors have cried out that the Los Angeles market is no longer what it was, especially with the closing of The Landmark on Pico Boulevard in May 2022. This is despite the fact that some have been splitting this business into AMC’s Burbank and Century areas. City.
The Cinerama Dome closed in April 2021, as parent company Pacific Theaters Exhibition, which owns Arclight luxury cinemas, entered Chapter 7 bankruptcy. From there, several of that bidder’s prime Arclight locations went to different competitors: Amazon acquired the Culver City location, Regal acquired the Sherman Oaks and Pasadena Arclights, while AMC acquired Pacific’s Grove and Arclights in La Jolla and D.C., among others.
The Cinerama Dome was kept out of this bankruptcy and remains operated by Arclight’s former parent company Decurion, which is controlled by the Foreman family. The original developer of the property was William R. Forman, and the place opened in November 1963.
When the dome closed in April 2021, the decision appeared final, with Decorion stating: “This was not the outcome anyone wanted, but despite a massive effort that exhausted all potential options, the company had no viable way forward. To our guests and members of the film industry who have made going to the movies a magical experience over the years: thank you so much. It has been an honor and pleasure to serve you.”
The Cinerama Dome houses the world’s largest motion picture screen, measuring 32 feet high and 86 feet wide. The concrete geodesic dome consists of 316 individual hexagons and pentagons in 16 different sizes, with each piece measuring approximately 12 feet wide and weighing 7,500 pounds.