New AMC, taking the place of ArcLight, opens at San Diego’s UTC mall
ArcLight had been closed since the start of the pandemic.
There’s a new place to see the latest Spider-Man movie for a fourth or fifth time.
AMC opened up its newest location in the Westfield UTC mall Thursday in the place of the shuttered luxury cinema ArcLight.
The theater had been closed since the start the pandemic and followed many high-profile movie chains going out of business after heavy losses sustained during the first year of COVID-19.
AMC has now taken over six leases across the state formerly belonging to Pacific Theaters and its ArcLight brand.
“AMC continues to play offense and aggressively seek out opportunities to strengthen our company through strategic acquisitions,” said CEO Adam Aron in a news release.
The theater industry was hit hard early in the pandemic when capacity was limited to stop the spread of the virus. Cinemas were often capped at 50 percent capacity and, even without restrictions, many cautious moviegoers decided to stay home. California public health rules say everyone in the theater — regardless of vaccination status — need to wear masks, at least for a few more days.
Starting Wednesday, California is lifting mask requirements for indoor settings for vaccinated people. Masks will still be required at movie theaters if the patron is not vaccinated.
Westfield UTC’s ArcLight was the first to open outside of Los Angeles County County. Doors opened in November 2012 at the 14-screen theater. AMC’s timing might be better, with the San Diego Trolley blue line extension completed last year and going directly to the mall.
Some of the movies playing for AMC UTC 14’s first weekend are “Death on the Nile,” “Spider-Man: No Way Home,” and “Moonfall.” It also has several films recently nominated for best picture at this year’s Oscars: “Belfast,” “Licorice Pizza” and “Nightmare Alley.”
Tickets for nighttime showings Friday are $16.59 for an adult, $13.50 for a child (ages 2 to 12 years old) and $15.09 for those 60 years old and up.
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