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Fry’s Electronics To Close All Stores



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Fry’s Electronics announced the company is going to close all of its stores after nearly 36 years in business.

The “one-stop-shop” for electronics had 31 stores across nine states, including several in Southern California. 

Late Tuesday night, Fry’s Electronics announced: “the difficult decision to shut down its operations and close its business permanently as a result of changes in the retail industry and the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic.”

The company is excited to implement the shutdown through an “orderly wind-down process,” according to a statement.

Fry’s Electronics is known for their themed stores with shoppers at the location in Burbank greeted with an Alien ship upon arrival. 

In Woodland Hills, customers went “down the rabbit hole” with the Alice in Wonderland-themed store.

The company ceased regular operations and began the “wind-down process” on Feb. 24.

Fry’s Electronics officials are in the process of reaching out to its customers with repairs and consignment vendors to help them understand what this will mean for them and the proposed next steps.

Visit the Fry’s Electronics website for more information on the next steps for customers. 


Universal Studios Hollywood Opens With Rides After Over Yearlong Closure



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Universal Studios Hollywood opened its gates Thursday, marking the first time since guests are able to ride the attractions in over a year. 

Season pass holders are able to return on Thursday and the general public is able to enter the park on Friday, according to Universal Studios. 

At this time, theme park visitors are limited to California residents and party size is limited to a maximum of three households and ten people.

“Experience your favorite attractions such as the Studio Tour along with the all-new ‘The Secret Life of Pets: Off the Leash’ and ‘Jurassic World – The Ride’s’ a spectacularly realistic new dinosaur, Indominus Rex,” Universal officials said. 

While most rides will be operational, some rides, attractions and shows are set to reopen at a later date as the theme park complies with government restrictions, according to the park.

“Universal Studios Hollywood continues to work in partnership with health and government officials to implement new health and safety procedures that include physical distancing, required face coverings and significant limits on in-park capacity,” the company said. 

The park previously allowed visitors for the “Taste of Universal,” however all rides were closed. 

In the “orange” tier of the California Blueprint for a Safer Economy, capacity is set to increase to 25%, according to the state. 

On June 15, the blueprint is expected to end if hospitalizations remain stable and residents are able to receive a COVID-19 vaccine. 

Guests and team members are required to wear face coverings and undergo temperature checks, according to Universal.

Anyone with a temperature of 100.4 degrees or greater will not be able to enter Universal City Walk or Universal Studios Hollywood, according to the park’s guidelines. 

Prior reservations are required for all guests, including season pass holders, according to Universal.

For more information and to purchase a ticket, visit the Universal Studios Hollywood website here.

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ArcLight Cinemas, Pacific Theatres To Shut Down All Locations Permanently




All locations of ArcLight Cinemas and Pacific Theatres are expected to close permanently after being shut down for over a year due to the pandemic.

The parent company for both chains, Decurion, announced Monday all locations are not going to reopen, including the Arclight in Sherman Oaks and the Pacific Theatre in Winnetka.

“After shutting our doors more than a year ago, today we must share the difficult and sad news that Pacific will not be reopening its ArcLight Cinemas and Pacific Theatres locations,” the company said in a statement. “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.”

Included in the closure is the iconic Cinerama Dome in Hollywood which has been featured in several films.

“To all the Pacific and ArcLight employees who have devoted their professional lives to making our theaters the very best places in the world to see movies: we are grateful for your service and your dedication to our customers,” the company’s statement added. “To our guests and members of the film industry who have made going to the movies such a magical experience over the years: our deepest thanks. It has been an honor and a pleasure to serve you.”

When Los Angeles County entered the “red” tier of the California Blueprint for a Safer Economy one month ago, movie theaters were allowed to reopen at reduced capacity.

AMC was one of the first chains to reopen, with Regal following a few weeks later.

On April 5, L.A. County moved into the “orange” tier of the blueprint, meaning cinemas can increase capacity to 50%, according to the Department of Public Health.

Governor Gavin Newsom announced last week the blueprint is expected to end on June 15, if COVID-19 vaccine rates increase and hospitalizations remain stable.

Once the blueprint has ended, movie theaters are expected to be able to fully reopen.

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New Airline Avelo Launches At Hollywood Burbank Airport With $19 One-Way Fares



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Avelo, a new low-cost airline, premiered Thursday at Hollywood Burbank Airport (BUR) with one-way fares as low as $19.

The airline is set to offer flying non-stop unserved routes between BUR and 11 destinations across the Western U.S. Flights are open for booking, taking flight starting April 28, with current availability through Sept. 15, according to the company.

“Avelo has a simple purpose — to inspire travel,” said Avelo Founder, Chairman and CEO Andrew Levy in a statement. “People are ready to reconnect with family and friends and explore new places. Avelo is a different and better kind of airline, built from scratch to offer an affordable, convenient and caring travel experience.”

The Avelo leadership team represents more than 200 years of collective aviation experience. Previously co-founder and president of Allegiant Air and CFO of United Airlines, Levy brings more than two decades of airline leadership experience. In addition to Allegiant and United, Avelo’s leadership team includes former senior executives from Delta Air Lines, Frontier Airlines, Hawaiian Airlines, JetBlue Airways, Northwest Airlines and Spirit Airlines.

“After more than 20 years of steadily shrinking consumer choice, the American flying public wants and deserves more options and lower fares,” said Levy. “Avelo offers both — along with a refreshingly smooth and convenient experience.”

Avelo has selected Hollywood Burbank Airport as its first base. BUR’s convenience to Greater Los Angeles, customer-friendly, compact size and lower costs were all important considerations. In fact, Fodor’s Travel named BUR the “Best U.S. Airport” in 2019.

“Locals know that BUR is LA’s best airport,” said Levy. “No airport is closer to downtown LA, Hollywood, Pasadena and Southern California’s many other attractions than BUR. As the San Fernando Valley’s hometown airport, BUR will give you easy access to an abundance of beautiful and relaxing new non-stop destinations across California and the Western U.S. And for those considering LA for their next vacation or long weekend getaway, BUR is the ultra-convenient, stress-free gateway to Greater LA and the world-famous fun-in-the-sun activities Southern California is known for.”

Whether customers are departing or arriving, BUR promises a refreshingly hassle-free experience. BUR offers seamless curbside pickup and drop-off, smaller crowds, shorter walking distances from curb to gate, speed for plane-to-carousel bag delivery, and shorter TSA security lines.

“Hollywood Burbank Airport exemplifies the convenient, caring and smooth experience that distinguishes Avelo,” said Levy. “We’re grateful for the enthusiastic partnership that BUR Executive Director Frank Miller, the airport’s commissioners and staff have welcomed us with. It’s not surprising why BUR is LA’s favorite airport.”

Avelo will initially serve a collection of beautiful and relaxing destinations that are currently unserved from BUR. Avelo’s inaugural routes focus on outdoor recreation, national parks, and coastal and mountain terrain – as well as providing air service for an increasing population of remote workers:

· Arcata / Eureka, CA (ACV), Victorian charm in the heart of California’s Redwood Coast

· Bend / Redmond, OR (RDM), where the snow-capped Cascades surround the high desert

· Bozeman, MT (BZN), the onramp to Big Sky Country and Yellowstone National Park

· Eugene, OR (EUG), where the Willamette Valley begins

· Grand Junction, CO (GJT), where the Colorado River meets dramatic red rock landscapes

· Medford, OR (MFR), a launchpad to the Rogue Valley and Oregon’s wine country

· Pasco, WA (PSC), 300 days of sun in the heart of Washington’s wine country

· Phoenix / Mesa, AZ (AZA), a stress-free airport alternative to a year-round desert oasis

· Odgen, UT (OGD), a convenient Salt Lake City alternative to Utah’s famed mountains

· Redding, CA (RDD), 600 square miles of state and national parks beckon the adventure seeker

· Santa Rosa, CA (STS), the gateway to California’s wine country

The airline will initially operate single-class, fuel-efficient 189-seat Boeing 737-800 aircraft – offering a more comfortable experience than the regional aircraft often utilized by the airports Avelo serves.

Avelo takes every precaution to protect Customer health at the airport and during their flight. Avelo airplanes are regularly cleaned and disinfected. Tray tables, galleys, lavatories and all other touch surfaces are sanitized every evening with Calla 1452 (hospital-grade) disinfectant. In addition to disinfecting and cleaning daily, Avelo treats the entire airplane regularly with an advanced antimicrobial protectant that kills viruses, germs and bacteria on all surfaces. This Zoono treatment forms a colorless, odorless protective shield and is safe to human contact.

Additionally, the cabin air is refreshed every two to three minutes by the Boeing 737’s top-down air filtration and ventilation system. The system directs airflow from the ceiling to the bottom of the seat — not front to back — and greatly reduces particle movement throughout the cabin. All Avelo airplanes operate with HEPA (High Efficiency Particulate Air) filters that remove 99.9 percent of air particles, including viruses like the coronavirus, in accordance with manufacturer recommendations.

All Customers will receive a convenience package containing a hand sanitizer, as well as bottled water and a small snack.

Federal law requires everyone — including Avelo customers and crewmembers — to wear a face mask at the airport and on the aircraft, unless eating or drinking. Avelo also encourages social distancing best practices whenever possible.

For more information on Avelo Airlines, visit their website.

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