ArcLight Cinemas at Hub on Causeway won’t reopen

The theater by TD Garden opened November 2019, just a few months before the pandemic turned the lights off.

The lobby of ArcLight Cinemas at the Hub on Causeway.
The lobby of ArcLight Cinemas, a brand-new movie theater at the Hub on Causeway on Causeway Street, said it's not going to reopen after the pandemic. Suzanne Kreiter / Boston Globe

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Boston’s ArcLight Cinemas will not reopen.

The Los Angeles movie theater company, which opened an outpost at Hub on Causeway by TD Garden months before the COVID-19 pandemic shut it down, announced this week that all of its cinemas were shut for good.

“This was not the outcome anyone wanted, but despite a huge effort that exhausted all potential options, the company does not have a viable way forward,” the ArcLight website now states.

The company was beloved in Southern California, particularly for the Cinerama Dome at its flagship in Hollywood, which opened in 2002.

The Boston location, which touted an upscale viewing experience and no commercials in its 15 theaters, opened in November 2019. Adam Sandler dropped by soon after for the regional premiere of his movie “Uncut Gems.” The theater hadn’t reopened since it was forced to close its doors last March.


It’s the second cinema in Boston to shut down for good in the last month. The ShowPlace ICON Theatre in the city’s Seaport District, another cinema pitching a premium experience, closed permanently in March after over three years in business.

It’s not clear what will happen to the shuttered theater. In the meantime, Boston moviegoers still have options: The AMC locations by Boston Common and in Dorchester’s South Bay Center are open and operating, and the Regal Theatre in Fenway is set to reopen April 23.

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