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The future of many theaters may remain uncertain, as the coronavirus pandemic still requires a limited audience, but fans of at least one beloved movie theater can breathe a sigh of relief now that the new Los Angeles cinema, owned and operated by Quentin Tarantino , officially announced its grand opening next month after closing in response to the pandemic last March. “Expect more information soon …,” the theater posted on social media on Saturday, along with a photo of the historic cinema tent. “Reopening on June 1, 2021,” it said. “Because we like to show movies.”
The news comes three weeks after Decurion announced the closure of ArcLight cinemas and Pacific theaters in Los Angeles, including the iconic Hollywood Cinerama Dome ArcLight, built in 1963, which is famous for the cameras in Tarantino’s ode to the era. There was a time in Hollywood. The closure affected about 300 screens, mostly in California. Many film fans have expressed hope that a wealthy benefactor could step in and preserve the Cinerama dome, as Tarantino did with New Beverly, founded in 1929 after its previous owner, Sherman Torgan, died in 2007.
“It was going to be Supercuts,” said the director, who also does much of the programming in New Beverly, to save the theater. “I’ve been coming to New Beverly since I was old enough to drive from the South Bay – from about 1982. So I couldn’t let that happen.”