General view of the Cinerama Dome at ArcLight Cinemas Hollywood after the announcement that ArcLight Cinemas and Pacific Theatres will permanently close on April 12, 2021 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by AaronP/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
“The human cry that has been coming out last night and today really demonstrates that this is a building that really resonates with people throughout the county,” Linda Dishman, president and CEO of the Los Angeles Conservancy, said.
Back in the 1990s, Dishman and the Conservancy fought a proposal to gut the Cinerama Dome and replace the lobby with a restaurant. That fight made its way all the way to City Hall.
“The Cinerama Dome is a city landmark, a city historic cultural monument designated back in 1998,” Ken Bernstein, principal city planner and manager of the Office of Historic Resources for the Los Angeles Department of City Planning, said.
Bernstein said it would be very difficult, and costly, to try to demolish and redevelop the site.
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“[It would] likely cost in the hundreds of thousands of dollars,” he said.
The high cost is due to a required environmental impact report, which could take about a year, and the subsequent public review process.