Hollywood’s historic Cinerama Dome theater could finally be getting ready to reopen, as an application notice for a liquor license was posted outside the theater on Thursday.
There are plans to open the theater, potentially in the first half of 2022, a studio executive confirms. The Arclight Hollywood, which included the Cinerama Dome, shuttered at the outset of the pandemic, and never reopened.
In April 2021, Pacific Theatres — which operated 17 theater locations under Pacific and Arclight brands — announced that it would close its doors permanently. That led to a social media campaign to “save” the Cinerama Dome, which opened in 1963 and has historic landmark status.
Variety later reported that Christopher Forman, the CEO of parent company Decurion Corp., planned to hang on to the Hollywood location and reopen it at some point.
Pacific Theatres filed for bankruptcy in June, and is now in the process of liquidating its assets. The bankruptcy trustee recently got court approval to sell the old Arclight Hollywood liquor license to ATLA Venice LLC for $85,000.
The application for the new liquor license was filed under the name Cinerama Hollywood on behalf of DT Operator, LLC, an entity that is affiliated with Decurion. The license would be transferred from Bibo Group LLC, another Forman family entity that operated a now-defunct cocktail bar on Robertson Boulevard.
It’s not clear, however, whether the ArcLight Cinemas would also reopen, or just the Cinerama Dome. When the ArcLight Cinemas and Cinerama Dome closed in March of 2020, it was a major blow to the Los Angeles exhibition scene.
The Hollywood Reporter was the first to report on the reopening after a Twitter user posted the application on Thursday.