ArcLight Cinemas in Santa Monica are facing eviction lawsuit from Santa Monica Place for non-payment of rent.
Macerich Real Estate Investment Trust served an eviction notice on April 13. The notice came a day after Pacific Theaters announced the permanent closure of its 17 ArcLight and Pacific locations.
Santa Monica Arclight in 2019 was one of the lowest-grossing theaters in the chain, grossing just over $ 4 million per source. This contrasts with the more popular Hollywood Arclight and Cinerama Dome, which combined have made over $ 15 million.
Sources at the exhibit also say that the Santa Monica Arclight location has a pretty fierce leasehold, which has kept the venue from making any more money.
The Santa Monica eviction trial gives Pacific seven days to pay $ 368,841.60, or confiscate the premises. Pacific has yet to respond to court.
This latest round continues the litigation that began in February between the two parties. Macerich filed a lawsuit against Pacific on February 25 for breach of its lease at two locations: the ArcLight in Santa Monica and the Pacific site in Lakewood.
Legal documents claimed Pacific had not paid rent for either site since April 2020, when the chain closed its sites due to the pandemic. The lawsuit also claimed that Pacific underpaid its rent on the Lakewood lease from January to March 2020.
The lawsuit claimed Pacific owed $ 1.9 million in arrears of rent on the Santa Monica property and $ 1.5 million on the Lakewood Theater. There has been no public response from the Pacific to this lawsuit.
The Pacific is fighting on other fronts as well. OliverMcMillan, the San Diego developer who owns the downtown Culver City theater, is seeking $ 781,999.62 in overdue rent in a lawsuit filed last July.
The lawsuits were first reported by Variety.
Anthony D’Alessandro contributed to this report.