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Building the Arclight-Killer

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In a city of movie lovers as picky about projection as they are snarky about snacks, elevating the theater-going experience is no easy feat. The redesigned Landmark Theater at the Westside Pavilion has made a bold gambit by transforming a small, typically janky mall theater into a high-end mecca for indie film.

When it opens this Friday, June 1, Landmark's flagship venue in the Los Angeles area will show the chain's traditional slate of indie, foreign and art house films. But they will do it in a high style uncommon to art house cinemas.

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From the sleek, glass-walled exterior to the plush theater seats to the upmarket cocktail bar, the Landmark Westside Pavilion is hoping to surpass the Arclight and make a name for itself as Los Angeles' best or at least poshest theater.