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Rumors Swirl About Arclight Hollywood and Cinerama Dome Reopening

Plus, Chris Bianco’s pizzas come back to LA, and Spanish star Otoño’s new bar deals

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Farley Elliott is the Senior Editor at Eater LA and the author of Los Angeles Street Food: A History From Tamaleros to Taco Trucks. He covers restaurants in every form, from breaking news to the culture, people, and history that surrounds LA's dining landscape.

Rumors are swirling about a return for Arclight, the Southern California staple movie chain known for its reserved seating, more upscale food, and attached restaurant and bar spaces. The group’s parent company, Decurion, has declined to say much publicly about the theater’s abrupt closure back in April, but Twitter sleuths have noticed that the Hollywood location is no longer boarded up as of this week.

What’s more, an ongoing social media campaign to save the theater has picked up steam on the back of growing whispers that Decurion could actually be reopening just the Hollywood theater and attached (and historic) Cineramadome. The other Arclight locations, including those at the Grove and in downtown Culver City, have already begun to flip into other movie chains like AMC. So has anything actually been confirmed for the Hollywood Arclight location? Not just yet, but if the rumors end up being true, expect a reveal sometime before the holiday movie season in late fall.

In other news:

  • The Los Angeles Times took a closer look at the upscale Atwater Village sushi restaurant Morihiro, run by Japanese food legend Morihiro Onodera. While the place can carry a real cost, says critic Bill Addison, the food, ambiance, and general feeling of joy that comes from sitting in front of one of America’s sushi masters is hard to beat.
  • Bandit Brews is taking over the former Severance Wine Bar space on Melrose. The turnkey operation has flipped quite a few times over the years, but What Now Los Angeles says the newcomers are hoping to make this one stick by offer beer garden vibes starting Friday, July 30.
  • Otoño in Highland Park has brought back its siesta hour, running from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the bar only, Expect $9 pan con tomate, $7 croquettes de jamon, and plenty to drink.
  • Montilla Meals is back with another round of its iconic restaurant series deliveries. This time they’re running the menu back a bit with par-cooked pizzas from Pizzeria Bianco out of Phoenix that are literally being driven in for distribution across Southern California. Those are paired with salads and more from Nancy Silverton’s Mozza, and delivered by the Montilla Meals team for at-home consumption. Preorders only for the August 13 event.
  • The Eastsider reports that at least a few Los Feliz restaurants are doing okay at this stage of the pandemic. The Hillhurst restaurants, including the Alcove and La Pergoletta, still have their ups and downs, but there’s a growing sense of optimism overall. Meanwhile, up in Tarzana, Los Angeles Magazine notes that Maneli’s Persian Cuisine owner Reza Ghobadi is still trying to recapture his restaurant’s “before times” success.
  • And if you want to see how much fun the Choriman team is having down in San Pedro, let this new video guide you.