Theatre Box adds some Hollywood movie magic—and a sugar rush—to the Gaslamp.
A prime piece of Gaslamp Quarter real estate is buzzing once again. Shuttered in early 2016, the landmark movie theater long known locally as the Pacific Gaslamp 15 (and then Reading Cinemas) has reopened as Theatre Box—a stunning, 73,000-square-foot entertainment complex. Those who remember the old theater will be amazed by its monumental makeover. The modern venue looks and feels very “Hollywood glamor”—housing TCL Chinese Theatre’s first luxury dine-in cinema, with eight state-of-the-art movie theaters complete with reclining leather seats; Sugar Factory American Brasserie restaurant and bar; a candy shop with 450 types of confections; a gelato bar and cafe; and the Chocolate Lounge eatery and cocktail/dessert bar. (Opening late spring: rapper Pitbull’s iLov305 Rooftop Bar & Garden; and Nick Cannon’s Wild ‘N Out Sport Bar & Arcade.)