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ArcLight Cinemas, Pacific Theatres, and Historic Cinerama Dome to Close

Plus, new owners for Pappy & Harriett’s, and support for Earle’s On Crenshaw and other Black-owned businesses

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Mona Holmes is a reporter for Eater Los Angeles and a regular contributor to KCRW radio. She has covered restaurants, dining, and food culture since 2016. In 2022, the James Beard Foundation nominated her for a Jonathan Gold Local Voice Award.

News spread quickly last night about the fate of the Cinerama Dome, Arclight Cinemas, and Pacific Theatres. Decurion, the company that operates the theaters, says it will not reopen, even as LA County continues to relax coronavirus restrictions surrounding movie theaters this week. The closure is a massive blow to anyone itching to go back to watch movies in theaters, especially at the historic Cinerama Dome.

Decurion’s announcement was quite a surprise, especially after Gov. Gavin Newsom predicted the state will be completely open by June 15. But Deadline reports the company “exhausted all potential options,” leaving it no choice but to shutter all Arclight and Pacific properties, including locations in Pasadena, Sherman Oaks, Culver City, and Santa Monica.

In other news:

  • Quarter Sheets pizza and House of Gluten will no longer operate their highly in-demand pop-ups out of DTLA’s M. Georgina. In an Instagram post, Quarter Sheets’ Aaron Lindell and Gluten’s Hannah Ziskin will move to Glendale while looking for a permanent space to operate in.
  • Pioneertown’s Pappy & Harriett’s has new owners. Former owners Nancy Hunt and Karen Willey announced the news via Facebook, that the beloved venue will be remain the same, just different stewardship. Pappy’s maintains a lengthy history and in recent years became the spot for Coachella artists to perform secret shows on its rustic tiny stage, including Paul McCartney, the Arctic Monkeys, and Lorde.
  • Speaking of live venues, Los Angeles County will lift restrictions on indoor live events and performances as of April 15.
  • A slew of Black-owned LA restaurants joined chef Marcus Samuelsson’s Black Businesses Matter Matching Fund, including Earle’s on Crenshaw, Post & Beam, and Buna Ethiopian. The fund connects businesses to corporate and individually-sponsored grants.
  • L.A. Taco’s latest dining guide tackles the Inland Empire, a massive swath of land that straddles western Riverside County and southwest San Bernardino County.
  • On Wednesday night, the Summer Social Club pop-up at Employees Only in WeHo will host a Songkran/Thai New Year charity dinner with chefs Justin Pichetrungsi of Anajak Thai, June Intrachat of OTUS Thai Kitchen & Coffee, and Dan Rabilwongse of Tartine Sycamore. Employees Only staff will handle the holiday with cocktails. A limited-edition apron and T-shirt from White Bark Workwear will also be for sale, with the proceeds go towards AAPI community charities. Book a reservation on Resy.