Entertainment journalists and industry professionals lamented the demise of the arthouse movie scene in Los Angeles after Landmark Theaters announced it was closing its Pico Boulevard location at the end of the month. of May.
In a statement to the media on Wednesday, Landmark Theaters president Kevin Holloway said the venue had tried to extend its lease to no avail.
“We extend our deepest gratitude to Pico staff, guests and the film community for their support over the years. We are exploring opportunities to expand our footprint in Los Angeles, which we hope to be able to share more about soon,” he added.
Many have decried the closure of The Landmark Pico as another sign of the loss of small theaters to corporate buying power on part of national chains like AMC. Additionally, people drew comparisons to another blow to the local indie fukn scene in Los Angeles, that of Arclight Cinemas – along with its sister chain, Pacific Theaters – on Sunset Boulevard.
“First the ArcLight, now this,” film critic Christy Lemire wrote on Twitter. “A crucial arthouse center in Los Angeles. I’ve seen so many [sic] the movies there, enlivened so many questions and answers, had so many glasses of wine and fun chats in the lobby bar. It’s a fantastic venue with top notch staff and great snacks. It’s tragic.
“All of the history and reverence for cinema is suppressed while corporate marauders with no love for cinema systematically destroy the cinematic experience,” added TV writer Gennefer Gross.
The Landmark Pico opened in 2007 and the 12-screen theater has hosted numerous screenings organized by TheWrap and other outlets. While specializing in arthouse fare and themed programming, he regularly screened blockbuster films and hosted Q&A sessions with filmmakers.
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