Cinerama Dome and ArcLight Hollywood

6360 Sunset Boulevard,
Los Angeles, CA 90028

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MSC77 on November 18, 2017 at 8:01 am

Forty years ago today, Spielberg’s “Close Encounters of the Third Kind” opened here. And for those with an interest in this sort of stuff, here’s the link to a new retrospective article which includes a photo from and a mention of the Dome’s run (plus a mention of hundreds of other cinemas in which it played).

moviebuff82 on September 27, 2017 at 7:19 pm

It’s also playing at AMC in Rockaway too.

Flix70 on September 27, 2017 at 7:17 pm

In anticipation of “Blade Runner 2049” opening @ the Dome Thu., Oct. 5, Ridley Scott’s “Blade Runner: The Final Cut” will get a one-shot Dome screening Wed., Oct 4 @ 7PM. Tickets going fast.

RogerA on September 26, 2017 at 2:07 am

How the West Was Won (1962) – Ultra Panavision 70 (some action scenes and shots requiring rear projection, optically converted to 3 strip Cinerama through special printer. The bulk was shot in 3 strip Cinerama.)

RogerA on September 24, 2017 at 9:01 pm

Some scenes from How the West Was Won were shot in 70mm Ultra Panavision They were able to convert 70mm to three strip. The Dome was built to handle both 3 strip and single 70mm 5 perf. Even after 10 years of three strip films some theaters were not ready to change to the single strip version,

bigjoe59 on September 24, 2017 at 8:52 pm

Hello From NYC-

with every new post on the subject I get more confused. I have always been under the impression that the Dome was built specifically for 70MM single lens version. also how could a 3-Strip print of IAMMMMW exist if it was shot in Ultra Panavision 70 not the 3-Strip process?

RogerA on September 23, 2017 at 8:34 pm

The Cinerama Dome was built to be able to show 3 strip in case the 70mm version of Cinerama failed. I was told there were even 3 strip prints of It’s a Mad Mad Mad Mad World. When the theater opened with the Ultra Panavision print of Mad world there was a much larger louvered screen; a standard Cinerama screen. A single piece screen was installed at some point and there has been replacements screens installed over the years. True the Seattle Cinerama has two screens a regular screen and the Cinerama louvered screen. Most movies are run on the smaller flat screen.

Still the 3 strip presentation at the Dome looked pretty good. If I had the time and the money I would take a trip to Seattle for a few big screen presentations.

RussM on September 23, 2017 at 8:12 pm

Re: Silver, “Hi RussM, Just curious: in your comment you commented that the 3-strip setup in Seattle was more original than the Arclight Dome. Could you elaborate on that, please? How so?”

The original Cinerama process provided a 146 degree field of view, and the screens were designed to duplicate that experience for the viewer. It is my understanding that the Dome was built when the Super Cinerama single lens 70 mm process was introduced, and the field of view was somewhere around 120 degrees. I thought that the presentations during the Cinerama Fest were excellent, but did not quite have the full impact of the original. Seattle has the screen to do it, if they want to. On another subject, I read that a new, much improved version of Windjammer will be made avilable on Blu-ray next Spring.

moviebuff82 on September 23, 2017 at 12:46 am

star trek discovery had its world premiere here a few days ago before its broadcast debut this sunday on CBS and afterwards on CBS All Access.

RogerA on September 22, 2017 at 11:10 pm

I would guess that because they don’t advertise the 3 strip very well the turn out is low. There is also the question of who would act as chief projectionist.

bigjoe59 on September 22, 2017 at 9:15 pm

Hello From NYC-

I am a bit perplexed by silver’s 9/21 comment. when the Archlight chain took over the Dome several years back and renovated the theater I thought it was for the expressed purpose of being able to show 3-Strip films. so after all the time and $$$ involved why would they stop showing 3-Strip films?

RogerA on September 22, 2017 at 2:31 am

The Dome can find people to run the 3 strip at the Dome it isn’t that hard. And it is about the process not the film. Well put RussM!

silver on September 22, 2017 at 2:26 am

Hi RussM, Just curious: in your comment you commented that the 3-strip setup in Seattle was more original than the Arclight Dome. Could you elaborate on that, please? How so?

Also, I didn’t realize 3-strip showings were likely at an end in Hollywood. If so, very sad.

One of my fondest memories was several years ago at a very sparsely attended afternoon 3-strip Arclight Dome screening (just 2 or 3 dozen people). The man in charge invited any interested folks after the film to go up to the project booth to visit it and see the equipment and film and get a mini-tour! Sigh…

RussM on September 22, 2017 at 12:28 am

I was a huge Cinerama fan from the days of my youth. I saw all the 3-strip films when they were originally released, starting with “This Is Cinerama” at the Broadway Theater in NYC in 1952. I attended the Cinerama Fest at the Dome in 2012. I thought it was fantastic. Dave Strohmaier did a fabulous job of restoring the films, but for me, the experience of Cinerama was about the process, not the content. John Sittig’s retirement probably put an end to 3-strip showings at the Dome, but I hold out hope that the Seattle Cinerama might do it again. I think that their set up is more like the original than the Dome’s.

bigjoe59 on September 14, 2017 at 9:28 pm

Hello From NYC-

I was wondering has anyone seen DUNKIRK at the Dome then saw it at another theater? could you please describe the difference.

RogerA on August 30, 2017 at 8:07 pm

Just let me know if they ever run 3 strip Cinerama again.

Flix70 on August 30, 2017 at 5:23 pm

Steven Spielberg’s 1977 classic “Close Encounters of the Third Kind” returns to the Dome for a week-long 40th-anniversary run starting Friday, Sept. 1. Four shows daily starting at 1PM. Presentation is 4K DCP.

I caught “Close Encounters” at the Dome back in 1998 when it was part of a classics festival (something the Dome hosted quite regularly back then) and it was incredible. Believe me, you haven’t experienced this film until you’ve seen it at the Dome. Pure cinematic bliss.

RogerA on July 29, 2017 at 12:51 am

It is still there

RussM on July 28, 2017 at 8:42 pm

Does the Dome still have the equipment to show 3-strip Cinerama, or did they remove that ?

RogerA on July 24, 2017 at 8:16 pm

Yes they used the full screen

RobertAlex on July 24, 2017 at 7:47 pm

Did they at least use the full screen, like was there any notable difference from this showing vs. their laser image? When I saw Interstellar there, they did not lift up the masking on the bottom corners as they do now, it was the last time I noticed that at the DOME.

The Universal IMAX presentation was awesome on Saturday.

RogerA on July 24, 2017 at 4:54 pm

Richie I was at the same show on Sunday and yes there was a small hair in the gate that showed up on the bottom center. It was joined by another hair as the movie progressed. It wasn’t worth complaining about and I wonder if the projectionist could even deal with it. There should be a bottle of CO2 next to the projector to blow the gate. That is one of the problems with film dirt.

There weren’t suppose to be trailers. When I got the tickets they made it a point to say there were no trailers. Im glad there were only two. The studio must have scrambled to get 70mm trailers printed and sent out to the theaters. That show might have the first one to run those trailers. I can dispute the out of frame claim. The projectionist adjusted the framing a little for I am thinking the first trailer. I noticed when he adjusted but it was a letterboxed trailer so there was a black matt top and bottom. He should have just left it centered.

And yes the deep curve of the screen causes some distortion but it didn’t look that noticeable. I wonder if it was an optically corrected print.

There are a lot of 70mm prints out there go see it again in IMAX film at Universal. They can get dirt in the gate too.

Richie_T on July 24, 2017 at 2:38 pm

Saw Dunkirk 70mm inside the dome on Sunday July 23rd at 2:30pm. There were two major issues with the presentation. The framing was off during the trailers, ok, no big deal. There were hairs or fabric or something blowing on the lense that were so distracting on the bottom of the screen. Also, is it me or does the curved screen slightly distort the image? Hate to be negative but I really wish I had went to Universal and seen the 70mm IMAX presentation.

RogerA on July 9, 2017 at 10:25 pm

Does anyone know if there is gonna be film IMAX copies. I know Universal and the Chinese are digital but both still have the film projectors. I don’t care I’m just gonna see the 70 five perf at the Dome.