Landmark Theatres Pasadena grand reopening will take place on Thursday, January 26, according to a statement released by the company.
Pasadena Mayor Victor Gordo, the Pasadena Chamber of Commerce and the Playhouse Village Association will attend an invitation only ribbon-cutting event.
The theater will be open on the 26th for paid admission screenings.
The seven-screen, venue, 673 E. Colorado Blvd., is in Pasadena’s arts and culture district
“We’re thrilled to be expanding Landmark’s footprint across the greater Los Angeles area by providing an updated moviegoing venue to the city of Pasadena. Pasadena truly values the arts and are passionate about the cinematic experience. We’ve been embraced throughout the opening process and look forward to establishing ourselves as a core entertainment destination within the community,” said Kevin Holloway, president of Landmark Theaters.
Landmark Theatres renovated the former Playhouse 7 Theatre which originally opened on February 5, 1999. It was built by Laemmle Theatres, the Southern California family-run art house chain founded in 1938, from the ground up.
A series of financial maneuvers to prop up the pandemic-crippled Laemmle Playhouse 7 failed after Laemmle sold the 22,897 square-foot location to GD Realty Group of Los Angeles, owner and developer of urban commercial real estate in prime Southern California locations.
The sale reportedly included a leaseback that would allow the theater to continue operating.
But when GD’s plans to redesign the property reached the Design Commission, it did not include space for the movie theater, to the chagrin of numerous local residents that supported the Laemmle theater and its eclectic mix of movie showings.
Improvements to the theater include comfortable reclining seats in all auditoriums, a new concession stand, the addition of a full bar, outdoor patio seating, fresh flooring, wall finishes and fixtures.