ArcLight Cinemas expanding to San Diego


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Nine years after opening its first theater in Hollywood, ArcLight Cinemas is bringing its brand of premium cinema to San Diego.

The new 14-screen, 1,800-seat cinema will open in late 2012 in the Westfield UTC mall, representing ArcLight’s first theater outside of Los Angeles County and its fifth overall.


A subsidiary of Los Angeles-based Pacific Theatres, the chain already has locations in Hollywood, Sherman Oaks, Pasadena and most recently in El Segundo, which opened in November.

The San Diego cinema will feature ArcLight’s signature amenities and services, including extra-wide seats in sound-proofed auditoriums where patrons can reserve seats and watch commercial-free movies, from Hollywood blockbusters to art house films. ArcLight customers pay a higher ticket price than at conventional theaters.

Like other ArcLights, one of the 14 auditoriums will allow patrons who are at least 21 years of age to bring in beer, wine and cocktails from the theater’s bar during special screenings.

‘Since 2003, our mission has been to create the ideal movie-going experience for film lovers and casual moviegoers alike,’’ said Gretchen McCourt, executive vice president, cinema programming, for ArcLight. ‘Today’s announcement represents a milestone for ArcLight and we cannot wait for San Diego residents to rediscover the joy of going to the movies.’


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