The history of the Bay Theater in Pacific Palisades, Calif., could be seen as symbolic of the movie theater business’ past, present, and possible future.
Originally opened in 1948, The Bay has been closed since 1978, when it was converted to a hardware store. But over the past three years, Cinepolis USA and the shopping center developer Caruso Affiliated have been working with the design firm Retail Design Collaborative to bring this theater back to life through a major renovation that will feature five screening rooms, each with 40 to 60 reclining seats, reserved seating, a video wall, and call buttons for food and beverage wait service.
The theater, when it reopens as Bay Theater by Cinepolis Luxury Theaters on September 22, will include one remnant of its former glory: its original marquee, designed by S. Charles Lee. Curbed reports that the theater restoration is part of a larger downtown revival called Palisades Village that Caruso—which built The Grove in Los Angeles—is spearheading, and will include a park, restaurants, offices, eight residential units, plus a specialty grocery store, community room, and bank.