ArcLight Cinemas to Open San Diego Theater

The 1,800-seat multiplex will be the company's first cinema outside of the greater Los Angeles area.

Arclight Cinemas is opening a 14-screen multiplex in San Diego at the Westfield UTC Shopping Mall near La Jolla in late 2012, the theater company said Wednesday.

The 1,800-seat complex will be Arclight's first cinema outside of the greater Los Angeles area, where it has four theaters.

Arclight, a unit of Pacific Theatres Entertainment Corp., opened its first theater in Hollywood in 2003. Since then, it has expanded with locations in Sherman Oaks and Pasadena and a recently opened outpost in El Segundo.

“Since 2003, our mission has been to create the ideal moviegoing experience for film lovers and casual moviegoers alike,”  said Gretchen McCourt, executive vp cinema programming for Arclight. “Today’s announcement represents a milestone for ArcLight Cinemas, and we cannot wait for San Diego residents to rediscover the joy of going to the movies.”

Like its other multiplexes, Arclight La Jolla will feature the chain's upscale amenities and features, including extra-wide seats with double armrests, stadium seating and screenings exclusive to patrons of 21 years and older at which alcohol will be permitted.

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