L.A.’s art house theaters squeezed by growing competition
posted by Michael Zoldessy on December 20, 2011 at 8:00 am
LOS ANGELES, CA — With the closing of the Laemmle Sunset 5 last month, it’s been rough for art-house theaters in Los Angeles. However, newcomers like Sundance Cinemas and Alamo Drafthouse are still planning on entering the market. While they think there’s plenty of room for providing a luxury experience, the neighborhoods of Los Angeles can only support so many such theaters. Laemmle is trying to fight this by expanding into less competitive areas.
Read more in the Los Angeles Times.
(Thanks to DavidSimpson for providing the photo.)
I visited the Sundance site. Theatres look very nice. Not sure how the smallish Sunset 5 theatres will translate. But I do think they will be nice. I’m really not crazy about theatres turning into dinner theatres. Hopefully they can keep the food and distractions outside of the auditorium. I’m looking forward to seeing the Noho 7. Art/Indie movies seem to be floundering in L.A. Hopefully they can be revived with the new theatres.