Will closed theaters in Redlands, Glendale, Downey and Monrovia reopen? – Daily News

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As coronavirus restrictions started relaxing this spring, patrons of Studio Movie Grill sites in Redlands, Glendale, Downey and Monrovia have likely been wondering when their local theaters will reopen.

The nationwide chain emerged from Chapter 11 bankruptcy in April and while its website reports theaters from Bakersfield to Pennsylvania are open, the four Southern California locations have disappeared from the company’s online listing all together.

The Studio Movie Grill theater at 410 S. Myrtle Avenue in Monrovia is seen here in 2017 after it replaced the Krikorian Monrovia Cinema 12 LFX theater. Look Dine-in Cinemas is now hiring employees for the location. (File photo by Walt Mancini, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

In May, Studio Movie Grill spokeswoman Lynne McQuaker would only provide the following written statement: “All SMG theaters remain under review. Whenever possible, it is SMG’s intent to reopen shuttered theaters and it will share updates publicly as they are available.”

On a recent weekday afternoon at the Redlands theater, a synthetic turf wall sat empty where customers had previously left tributes to a beloved greeter who died of COVID-19 in September 2020. Signs taped to the door declare “no money” inside. The marquee on the street still urges the public to “practice safe distance.”

A couple peered through the closed doors into the dark lobby for a moment before walking hand-in-hand to a Mexican restaurant next door.

Though SMG is withholding details, there appears to be some movement at the closed theaters.

Look Dine-in Cinemas, a cinema operator based in Dallas, lists the Redlands theater at 340 N. Eureka St. as “coming soon.” Job listings are posted as well for the other three SMG properties: 128 Artsakh Ave., Glendale; 8200 Third St., Downey; and 410 S. Myrtle Ave., Monrovia.

Look representatives did not respond to a message requesting more information about their plans for the four theaters, though a June 3 social media post announced the company is “Now LOOKING for talent at our 4 upcoming California locations!”

Redlands spokesman Carl Baker said Look filed for a business license in the city on Tuesday, June 15, and that the paperwork was still being processed. The city, he said, did not have any more information about the company’s plans.

SMG took over the Redlands, Monrovia and Downey sites from Krikorian Premiere Theatres in 2017, and started removing snack bars and adding in-theater dining which brought food directly to movie-goers in their recliner seats.

In Redlands, a transformed multiplex held a grand opening in February 2019.

The Glendale location, was formerly the MGN Five Star Cinema, also offered dining. It opened as an SMG location in October 2019.

The former Krikorian Monrovia Cinema 12 & LFX theater opened under SMG in September 2017 before being converted to in-theater dining.

At that point, SMG operated 27 theaters. It now has 19 theaters open, including its other Southern California location in Simi Valley.

Look has just one other location listed on its website — a theater in Dallas, Texas — and it is currently open for business. Besides popcorn, the menu includes cocktails, wine and beer, sushi, a Jalapeno Honey BLT Chicken Sandwich, and more.

According to its website, Look offers a “state-of-the-art immersive presentation experience, upscale menu and exceptional service.”

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