Cinépolis Luxury Cinemas Removes Pacific Palisades Location from Website, Signage Taken Down
By SARAH SHMERLING | Editor-in-Chief
Following this summer’s closure of SunLife Organics and opening of Qué Padre, there are a couple of additional changes to report at Palisades Village: the closure of St. Frank and removal of Cinépolis Luxury Cinemas from Bay Theatre signage.
St. Frank, which was one of the original tenants to open in the development, offered a line of home luxuries from artisans around the world. The last day it was open was Sunday, September 12, according to a representative.
“We have loved being a part of the Palisades Village opening and the special community of the Pacific Palisades,” Co-Founder, CEO and Creative Director Christina Bryant Herbert said to the Palisadian-Post of the store’s closing. “COVID-19 gave us the opportunity to focus on growing our online business as well as the breadth of our product assortment, and ultimately we have decided to close the Palisades store to direct more of our resources towards those activities.”
Bryant Herbert added that in the three years the store was open at Palisades Village, the brand has built “lasting relationships with many customers in the LA area” and they “look forward to continuing to serving those clients” at the St. Frank website, as well as in-store in San Francisco and Palm Beach.
St. Frank was located between Faherty and towne by elysewalker—two additional tenants that have been a part of Palisades Village since its opening.
The Bay Theatre, which has remained closed since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, had its signage amended to remove the inclusion of Cinépolis Luxury Cinemas. The Pacific Palisades location has also been removed from Cinépolis’ theater directory, which is listed on its website.
Neither Caruso nor Cinépolis confirmed with the Palisadian-Post by the time the paper went to print if this meant Cinépolis would no longer be involved with the Bay Theatre. Caruso did not have an update to share on what, if any, theater operator would take over.
The Bay Theatre was not the first partnership between Caruso and Cinépolis: There is also a Cinépolis location at Caruso’s The Promenade at Westlake, which was closed at the start of the pandemic, but has since reopened.
As of March, Cinépolis did not have a reopening date in place for the Bay Theatre, but a representative at the time confirmed it was in the works.
“We are excited to reopen Cinépolis Pacific Palisades; however, we are still waiting on a definitive timeline centered around the ability to operate at occupancy levels above 25%,” the representative explained. “The safety of our team and guests is our top priority as we reopen.”
The Promenade iteration of the theater falls into Ventura County, which has had similar pandemic-related restrictions, but a different timeline of when things were able to reopen and at what capacity.
At this time, there was also no word from Caruso on what store would be taking over the space formerly occupied by St. Frank.
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