Pacific Theatres Corporation brings a tidal wave of entertainment to moviegoers in California. The company has about 15 theaters housing some 100 movie screens in the Los Angeles area, including properties in the ArcLight Cinemas theater chain. Its portfolio consists of theaters such as the Paseo in Pasadena, the Culver Stadium in Culver City, the Grove in Los Angeles, and the ArcLight Cinema in Sherman Oaks. The Forman family founded Pacific Theatres in 1946 and continues to own and operate the company through its Decurion Corp. It has transitioned over the last 50 years from a drive-in theater business to a high-end multi- and megaplex exhibitor.
The company's ArcLight Cinemas offer reserved seating, pre-screening lectures, exhibits and special events, and a café/bar. Pacific Theatres' Cinerama Dome at ArcLight Hollywood, built in 1963, is a landmark movie theater based on the geodesic dome design developed by famous architect R. Buckminster Fuller. In addition, the company's Vineland Drive-In in the San Gabriel Valley is the last drive-in run by Pacific Theatres, and is the only open and operating drive-in theater in Los Angeles County.
In 2009 Pacific Theatres prepared for the release of the hit film Avatar by installing NEC digital cinema projectors in about 10 locations throughout Los Angeles. The company made the projector upgrade in order to expand its 3D capabilities, which translates to an increase box office receipts.
The company slimmed down in 2008 when it sold 15 cinemas, including theaters in Hawaii and California properties located outside the Los Angeles area. Reading International acquired the theaters from Pacific for about $70 million. Included in the sale were Hawaii's Consolidated Theatres, and movie complexes in Rohnert Park, Bakersfield, and San Diego, California.