Landmark Theaters bought by Cohen Media Group

Local Landmark theaters include Aquarius, Guild

Landmark Theaters, a national independent-theater chain that includes the Aquarius Theatre in downtown Palo Alto and the Guild in downtown Menlo Park, has been bought by the Cohen Media Group, the company announced this week.

Cohen Media Group (CMG), owned by real estate billionaire and cinephile Charles S. Cohen, is an Academy Award-winning distribution and production company that releases both contemporary and restored classic films.

The Aquarius Theatre was built in 1969 and operated by Landmark Theatres in 1985. The Emerson Street building was remodeled in 2015.

The Guild, built in 1926, became part of Landmark Theatres in 1989. In May, the Menlo Park City Council unanimously approved a proposal to rebuild the vintage movie theater, which will be turned into a live music and community events venue.

Landmark was previously owned by investors Mark Cuban and Todd Wagner. CMG will retain Landmark's senior management team, according to a report in the Los Angeles Times.

Kate Bradshaw, staff writer for The Almanac, contributed to this report.

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