In some good news for Pasadena theatre-goers, the Playhouse 7 Movie Theatre multiplex will reopen this summer under the management of Landmark Theatres.
By Briony James
The complex of seven screens, seating 1300, at 673 East Colorado Blvd. had been run byTheatres for 20 years. It was sold at the beginning of the pandemic by Greg and Trish who are pleased that the art-house complex will remain an active working cinema. Michael Fant, Landmark’s EVP is heading the management negotiations with GD Realty.
Landmark’s plans for the complex include upgrades to both sound and projection, as well as updated luxury seating and revamped concessions that will feature gourmet items, healthy choices, and Orville Redenbacher premium popcorn. Real butter in movie popcorn can be accompanied by a full-bar choice of beers, wines and spirits.
Landmark President Kevin Holloway has indicated his desire to continue the Playhouse’s contribution to the cinema art scene of Pasadena. “The Playhouse acquisition is important for Landmark, as we’re able to continue the tradition of showcasing quality film to Pasadena’s moviegoing community. This theatre has a deep history, which we look forward to honoring and building upon in the years ahead.”
Landmark Theatres is the largest specialized movie theatre chain in the United States dedicated to exhibiting and marketing independent and foreign films. Since its founding in 1974, Landmark has grown to 35 theaters with 181 screens in 22 markets. Landmark has acquired similar multiplexes nationwide, including one in Annapolis Harbor, MD and one in Glenview, IL, outside of Chicago, and is clearly eager to keep quality art theatres alive and well. It should be a summer of magic for Pasadena with the reopening of this venue.
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