ArcLight Beach Cities

831 S. Nash Street,
El Segundo, CA 90245

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Operated by: Cinema West

Previously operated by: ArcLight Cinemas, Pacific Theatres

Previous Names: Beach Cities Cinema

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Opened November 15, 1996, this theater is less than a mile away from the Pacific Manhattan Village Mall six-plex, which gave the Pacific Theatres circuit 22 screens within a short radius.

It was taken over by ArcLight Cinemas in September 2010 and was refurbished, reopening on November 5, 2010. It was closed on March 17, 2020 due to the Covid-19 pandemic. On April 13, 2021 it was announced that the closure would be permanent in all ArcLight/Pacific theatres. On November 17, 2023 it was announced that the cinema would be taken over by Cinema West with a planned reopening in Summer 2024.

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Chris Utley
Chris Utley on November 13, 2010 at 11:25 pm

P.S. Pacific & ArcLight are the same company. Their parent company (Decurion Corporation) simply converted it from Pacific to ArcLight, so the line about ArcLight “taking it over” is not quite accurate.

kencmcintyre on November 24, 2010 at 9:55 am

I was there a couple of days ago. Nice remodel.

Chris Utley
Chris Utley on May 30, 2011 at 11:28 am

Street View needs to be upgraded – the shot is from it’s days as a Pacific.

Scott Neff
Scott Neff on March 6, 2012 at 6:19 pm

Chris — what do you mean by down vs. up sloping?

Is down where you enter at the top of the stadium and step down? And up where you enter at the bottom and walk up?

Chris Utley
Chris Utley on March 7, 2012 at 8:18 am

Precisely, Scott!

rivest266 on August 4, 2016 at 10:40 pm

November 15th, 1996 grand opening ad as Beach Cities Cinema in the photo section.

ridethectrain on April 12, 2021 at 6:32 pm

The two brands operated more than 300 screens in California, including the coveted Cinerama Dome in Hollywood. In a blow for California moviegoers — and those in Los Angeles in particular — the ArcLight Cinemas and Pacific Theatres are closing all of their locations for good after seeing their business decimated by the pandemic.

ArcLight’s stable includes the prized Cinerama Dome in Hollywood. The Dome, built in 1963, is the crown jewel of the small theater complex constructed in more recent years.

ArcLight Hollywood is a bastion for both first-run movies and independent titles and, at one time, was one of the first L.A. cinemas to offer high-end food. It has also been a favorite site place to stage premieres of indie titles, and is beloved by many cinephiles.

ArcLight’s locations in Hollywood and elsewhere, including Sherman Oaks, are operated by Pacific Theatres. The Pacific side of the aisle includes such popular locations as the Grove in West Hollywood.

“This was not the outcome anyone wanted, but despite a huge effort that exhausted all potential options, the company does not have a viable way forward,” said a statement issued by Pacific Theatres, which is owned by the Decurion Corporation.

No ArcLight or Pacific location has reopened since the pandemic began. On Monday afternoon, word quickly spread across Hollywood that they will remain dark for good.

It wasn’t immediately clear who the pool of potential buyers might include for the more high-profile locations, should they be up for sale, such as the ArcLight Hollywood complex.

Last year, Netflix closed a deal to operate the Egyptian, another landmark Hollywood theater that’s not far from the Cinerama Dome. Among the mega chains, Cinemark only has two L.A. locations (one in Baldwin Hills and the other in Playa Vista).

“To all the Pacific and ArcLight employees who have devoted their professional lives to making our theaters the very best places in the world to see movies: we are grateful for your service and your dedication to our customers,” the statement continued. “It has been an honor and a pleasure to serve you.”

The National Association of Theatre Owners has warned all along that smaller and regional independent chains, such as Pacific and ArcLight, might never recover from the COVID-19 crisis.

“To our guests and members of the film industry who have made going to the movies such a magical experience over the years: our deepest thanks,” read the statement issued by Pacific Theaters. “It has been an honor and a pleasure to serve you.”

Jamey_monroe45 on September 16, 2023 at 4:19 pm

The toast of the South Bay? Cinepolis Inglewood has other plans! 🤭🤭

Ron Pierce
Ron Pierce on May 26, 2024 at 5:26 am

From KTLA TV, November 17, 2023

Years after ArcLight theaters across the country screened their final films, a new movie theater chain is moving into one of the shuttered locations. This week, Cinema West announced plans to take over the space once occupied by ArcLight Beach Cities off Rosecrans Avenue in El Segundo. The new 16-screen theatre will feature “luxury recliner seating, full restaurant and bar and a streamlined ticket and concession-buying experience,” the company said in a news release. Cinema West Beach Cities will replace the once-loved theater, which closed its doors for good in 2020 during the height of the coronavirus pandemic. The project will include a top-to-bottom redevelopment, transforming the space into what its new operators are calling a “luxury movie theater experience.” Each auditorium will feature cutting edge laser projection and Dolby Atmos sound technology. Two of the auditoriums will feature “premium giant screens.” An upscale woodfired pizza restaurant on site will serve craft beers, California wines and signa-ture cocktails. Cinema West Executive Director James Howard said the goal of the project is to create a “luxury lounge movie experience,” where guests can enjoy quality food and significant comfort and immerse themselves in the film. “We are stepping into a new era, leaving behind the generic, corporate-style, cookie-cutter the-aters. Cinema West Beach Cities will be a sophisticated cinematic experience on par with pri-vate screening rooms at the major studios,” Howard said. The South Bay movie theater will serve as a flagship location for Cinema West. “We look forward to the opening of Cinema West Beach Cities in El Segundo, providing an ex-ceptional movie experience for our residents and the entire South Bay,” said El Segundo Mayor Drew Boyles. Boyles thanked both Cinema West and the developer, Continental Development Corporation, for “recognizing” the location as a prime spot for those looking to enjoy a movie and a meal. Developers anticipate a grand opening taking place in summer 2024, and the launch will in-clude special screenings of classic films and indies, in addition to the normal slate of summer blockbusters. Cinema West says it hopes to succeed where other movie theater chains have failed, pointing toward the massive success of previous summer hits “Barbie” and “Oppenheimer” as examples of a rebounding industry.

m00se1111 on May 26, 2024 at 6:09 am

Daily Breeze article includes a rendering of what the finished complex will look like

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