The Arclight Cinemas member newsletter just announced that beginning in June, the Pacific Theatres Galleria in Sherman Oaks will begin renovations to make it into an Arclight Cinema, featuring “16 black-box auditoriums with reserved seating and extra-wide chairs, a caf√© bar, gift shop and exhibits.”
The theatre will close until sometime in August, but they hope to reopen as ArcLight Sherman Oaks in time for the holiday season.
While I’m certain this is great news for Valley cinema-goers, as an ArcLight loyalist (in spite of my bitchin’) I worry that this will result in even less special programming at the Hollywood flagship (which seems to have become less and less frequent of late), and mean twice as much impact on their bug-plagued online ticketing system. This isn’t so much as wanting to “keep ArcLight to myself” as wanting to risk watching it falter by expanding the brand.
On the bright side, between the new and original ArcLight theatres, and the Westside Pavilion’s Landmark Theatres opening soon, its certainly nice to see film exhibitors recognizing the importance of an all around quality experience for movie-goers.