Cinerama Dome and ArcLight Hollywood

6360 Sunset Boulevard,
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Jon Lidolt
Jon Lidolt on April 6, 2008 at 6:28 pm

Love the recent photo of the dome, but surely they could program something that would take advantage of the huge curved screen. A booking of Run Fat Boy Run is just a big waste of this unique resource.

Bill Huelbig
Bill Huelbig on March 19, 2008 at 11:19 am

A very sad day for science fiction fans everywhere. Rest in peace, Sir Arthur, and thank you for “2001”.

JSA on March 19, 2008 at 3:27 am

Science Fiction Giant Arthur C. Clarke, author of “2001: A Space Odyssey” and co-writer of the screenplay for the film, passed away today.


Coate on March 18, 2008 at 6:46 am

Part IV: The ArcLight Era (continued)

02.13.2004 … 50 FIRST DATES (2 weeks, SDDS)
02.25.2004 … THE PASSION OF THE CHRIST (3 weeks, Dolby Digital)
03.19.2004 … DAWN OF THE DEAD (2 weeks, Dolby Digital)
04.02.2004 … WALKING TALL (2 weeks, Dolby Digital)
04.16.2004 … KILL BILL VOL. 2 (3 weeks, Dolby Digital)
05.07.2004 … VAN HELSING (2 weeks, Dolby Digital)
05.19.2004 … SHREK 2 (4 weeks, Dolby Digital)
06.18.2004 … THE TERMINAL (2 weeks, Dolby Digital)
06.30.2004 … SPIDER-MAN 2 (3 weeks, SDDS-8)
07.23.2004 … THE BOURNE SUPREMACY (2 weeks, Dolby Digital)
08.06.2004 … COLLATERAL (4 weeks, Dolby Digital)
09.03.2004 … HERO (MO, 3 weeks, Dolby Digital)
09.24.2004 … THE FORGOTTEN (1 week, SDDS)
10.01.2004 … SHARK TALE (3 weeks, Dolby Digital)
10.22.2004 … THE GRUDGE (1 week, SDDS)
10.29.2004 … RAY (2 weeks, Dolby Digital)
11.10.2004 … THE POLAR EXPRESS (2 weeks, Dolby Digital)
11.24.2004 … ALEXANDER (1 week, Dolby Digital)
12.03.2004 … HOUSE OF FLYING DAGGERS (3 weeks, Dolby Digital)
12.22.2004 … THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA (4 weeks, Dolby Digital)

01.19.2005 … ASSAULT ON PRECINCT 13 (1 week, Dolby Digital)
01.28.2005 … HIDE AND SEEK (2 weeks, Dolby Digital)
02.11.2005 … HITCH (3 weeks, SDDS)
03.04.2005 … THE JACKET (1 week, Dolby Digital)
03.11.2005 … THE PASSION OF THE CHRIST (RE, “Recut,” 1 week, Dolby Digital)
03.18.2005 … THE RING TWO (2 weeks, Dolby Digital)
04.01.2005 … SIN CITY (2 weeks, Dolby Digital)
04.15.2005 … THE AMITYVILLE HORROR (2 weeks, Dolby Digital)
04.29.2005 … THE INTERPRETER (MO, 1 week, Dolby Digital)
05.06.2005 … HOUSE OF WAX (1 week, Dolby Digital)
05.13.2005 … UNLEASHED (1 week, Dolby Digital)
07.08.2005 … FANTASTIC FOUR (2 weeks, Dolby Digital)
07.22.2005 … THE ISLAND (3 weeks, Dolby Digital)
08.12.2005 … THE SKELETON KEY (1 week, Dolby Digital)
08.19.2005 … THE 40 YEAR-OLD VIRGIN (1 week, Dolby Digital)
08.26.2005 … THE BROTHERS GRIMM (2 weeks, Dolby Digital)
09.09.2005 … THE 40 YEAR-OLD VIRGIN (RE/MO, 1 week, Dolby Digital)
09.16.2005 … JUST LIKE HEAVEN (1 week, Dolby Digital)
09.23.2005 … FLIGHTPLAN (2 weeks, Dolby Digital)
10.07.2005 … WALLACE & GROMIT: THE CURSE OF THE WERE-RABBIT (3 weeks, Dolby Digital)
10.28.2005 … HOW THE WEST WAS WON (RE, 1 week, Cinerama)
11.04.2005 … SAW II (MO, 1 week, Dolby Digital)
11.11.2005 … ZATHURA (2 weeks, SDDS-8)
11.23.2005 … RENT (3 weeks, SDDS)
12.14.2005 … KING KONG (5 weeks, Dolby Digital)

Flix70 on March 11, 2008 at 9:21 pm

Prior to its renovation in 2000, the Dome had many widescreen festivals( See Michael Coate’s comments earlier this year). Why they can’t plan new ones is anyone’s guess. I know Pacific likes to use the Dome for the week’s major releases, but committing a week or even a few weekends a year for classic screenings wouldn’t kill them. They do have 11 other screens to work with. Schedule them in mid-winter or early fall when new studio programming is light. They didn’t seem to have a problem when it was just the Dome by itself.

Jon Lidolt
Jon Lidolt on March 8, 2008 at 4:00 pm

An annual WIDESCREEN FESTIVAL at the Cinerama Dome sounds like a terrific idea. I’m surprised that no one’s thought of it before. The only worry I would have about this is the fact that the people who own the Dome don’t seem to understand how to run it. I’ve been to the Cinerama theatre in Bradford England and the people there love, understand and respect widescreen cinema. They know what to show on the huge deeply curved screen and also what to present in a smaller format. Standard 35mm prints were never meant to be blownup to Cineramic dimensions. You can stay at home and watch grainy, distored feature films on any old second hand run-down TV.

Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois
Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois on March 8, 2008 at 3:28 pm

Why isn’t a WIDESCREEN WEEKEND done here each year as is done in Great Britain? Just think, a whole weekend with, 3-strip CINERAMA and 70mm “CINERAMA”, 3-strip CINEMIRACLE, 3-strip KINOPANORAMA, 70mm TODD-AO etc.! Everyone should bug the heck out of the Gods in charge of the Dome. To see what we are missing see: View link

“Ladies and Gentlemen, This is CINERAMA!” Lowell Thomas September 30, 1952

JSA on March 7, 2008 at 6:44 pm

That’s part of it. I was also thinking that at the time (ie 2003) the film was being advertised as “digitally restored”, but probably for DVD release (?).

Anyway, as always, thanks for your response!


Coate on March 7, 2008 at 7:44 am

1) “Best Of” Showcase

02.14.2003 … CHICAGO
02.18.2003 … THE HOURS
02.19.2003 … FRIDA
02.20.2003 … CATCH ME IF YOU CAN

2) No. The Dome didn’t get digital projection until 2005. (One of the ArcLight screens had digital projection prior to the Dome, though. Maybe that’s what you’re thinking of?)

JSA on March 7, 2008 at 1:53 am

Two things come to mind when going over the Arclight Era list. One, what was screened during the “best of” showcase week (2/14/03)? The second, wasn’t the “Amadeus” re-issue a full digital presentation?


kencmcintyre on March 7, 2008 at 12:55 am

I drove by the dome a few days ago, for the first time since they built all the retail around it. Quite a difference heading down Sunset from the west. When the dome was surrounded by parking lots, the first glimpse was striking. Now you have to wait until the middle of the block to see the theater. Too bad.

Coate on March 6, 2008 at 11:33 pm

Part IV: The ArcLight Era

Compiled by Michael Coate

Here are the bookings for the DOME upon the re-opening as the ArcLight Cinemas multiplex through the end of 2003.

03.22.2002 … E.T. THE EXTRA-TERRESTRIAL (RE, 2 weeks, Dolby Digital)
04.05.2002 … AMADEUS (RE, “Director’s Cut,” 2 weeks, Dolby Digital)
04.19.2002 … THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE FELLOWSHIP OF THE RING (MO, 2 weeks, Dolby Digital)
05.03.2002 … SPIDER-MAN (3 weeks, SDDS-8)
05.24.2002 … SPIRIT: STALLION OF THE CIMARRON (2 weeks, Dolby Digital)
06.07.2002 … DIVINE SECRETS OF THE YA-YA SISTERHOOD (1 week, Dolby Digital)
06.14.2002 … THE BOURNE IDENTITY (1 week, Dolby Digital)
06.21.2002 … MINORITY REPORT (5 weeks, Dolby Digital)
07.26.2002 … AUSTIN POWERS IN GOLDMEMBER (2 weeks, Dolby Digital)
08.09.2002 … XXX (6 weeks, Dolby Digital)
09.20.2002 … BALLISTIC: ECKS VS. SEVER (1 week, Dolby Digital)
09.25.2002 … LAWRENCE OF ARABIA (RE, 1 week, 70mm-Dolby Stereo SR)
10.04.2002 … THIS IS CINERAMA (RE, 2 weeks, Cinerama)
10.18.2002 … THE RING (2 weeks, Dolby Digital)
11.01.2002 … I SPY (1 week, Dolby Digital)
11.08.2002 … 8 MILE (2 weeks, Dolby Digital)
11.22.2002 … DIE ANOTHER DAY (4 weeks, Dolby Digital)
12.18.2002 … THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE TWO TOWERS (8 weeks, Dolby Digital)

02.14.2003 … The Cinerama Dome’s “Best Of” Showcase (1 week)
02.21.2003 … GODS AND GENERALS (1 week, Dolby Digital)
02.28.2003 … GANGS OF NEW YORK (MO, 1 week, Dolby Digital)
03.07.2003 … TEARS OF THE SUN (2 weeks, Dolby Digital)
03.20.2003 … GANGS OF NEW YORK (RE, 1 day, Dolby Digital)
03.21.2003 … CHICAGO (RE, 1 day, Dolby Digital)
03.22.2003 … THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE TWO TOWERS (RE, 1 day, Dolby Digital)
03.23.2003 … CHICAGO (RE, 3 days, Dolby Digital)
03.28.2003 … BASIC (1 week, Dolby Digital)
04.04.2003 … A MAN APART (1 week, Dolby Digital)
04.11.2003 … ANGER MANAGEMENT (2 weeks, Dolby Digital)
04.25.2003 … IDENTITY (4 weeks, Dolby Digital)
05.23.2003 … BRUCE ALMIGHTY (3 weeks, Dolby Digital)
06.13.2003 … HOLLYWOOD HOMICIDE (1 week, Dolby Digital)
06.20.2003 … HULK (2 weeks, Dolby Digital)
07.02.2003 … LEGALLY BLONDE 2: RED, WHITE & BLONDE (2 weeks, Dolby Digital)
07.18.2003 … WHALE RIDER (MO, 1 week, Dolby Digital)
07.25.2003 … SEABISCUIT (3 weeks, Dolby Digital)
08.15.2003 … FREDDY VS. JASON (2 weeks, Dolby Digital)
08.29.2003 … JEEPERS CREEPERS 2 (1 week, Dolby Digital)
09.05.2003 … THE ORDER (1 week, Dolby Digital)
09.12.2003 … HOW THE WEST WAS WON (RE, 2 weeks, Cinerama)
09.26.2003 … SCARFACE (RE/MO, 2 weeks, Dolby Digital)
10.10.2003 … INTOLERABLE CRUELTY (1 week, Dolby Digital)
10.17.2003 … IT’S A MAD MAD MAD MAD WORLD (RE, 1 week, 70mm-DTS)
10.24.2003 … MYSTIC RIVER (MO, 1 week, Dolby Digital)
10.29.2003 … ALIEN (RE, “The Director’s Cut,” 2 weeks, Dolby Digital)
11.14.2003 … MASTER AND COMMANDER: THE FAR SIDE OF THE WORLD (1 week, Dolby Digital)
11.21.2003 … THE CAT IN THE HAT (2 weeks, Dolby Digital)
12.05.2003 … THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE FELLOWSHIP OF THE RING (RE, 1 week, Dolby Digital)
12.12.2003 … THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE TWO TOWERS (RE, 1 week, Dolby Digital)
12.17.2003 … THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE RETURN OF THE KING (8 weeks, Dolby Digital)

For those readers interested in these playdate/booking history lists, I should mention that in addition to the DOME and NATIONAL lists, I’ve also posted playdate listings for other Los Angeles area theaters including the AVCO (Screen #1, 1972-1993) and the VILLAGE (1980s & 1990s). I also recently posted one for the CINE CAPRI in Phoenix, AZ.

kencmcintyre on February 25, 2008 at 3:35 am

Here is a June 1976 ad from the LA Times:

ZiegfeldMan on February 21, 2008 at 4:27 am

Hi Rizzo:

I’m the patron saint of Clearview’s Ziegfeld-NYC’s premiere showcase. Glad to meet ya. My dream is to see HTWWW at the Dome. Are we on the same page? I’ve been researching Warners approaching DVD restoration release!! Please advise, I have to make my plane reservations.

haineshisway on February 13, 2008 at 8:52 am

BTW, while someone’s pal may have been thrilled at the sight of all those El Cid extras, I’m afraid this transfer is very sub-par – the color is off and looks nothing like it did when originally shown, and the lack of detail is bothersome – contrast is also not up to par – all viewable on the DVD.

Manwithnoname on February 13, 2008 at 1:45 am

When Arclight opened there was lots of buzz about how expensive it was. Now it’s a real bargain. I had a little time on my hands and broke my own rule by attempting to see a film at the local Regal crappyplex. Arriving at 5:10 for a 5:45 show I expected the matinee price. To my surprise, I was informed that the matinee price ends at 5:30 and that will be $10.50 please. The non-matinee price for “2001” was only $1.50 more! It was thanks but no thanks and I left. No wonder Regal just reported a quarterly loss. The local CP is 14 screens and the worst here is better than the best there.

Chris Utley
Chris Utley on February 13, 2008 at 12:00 am

A BETTER question, Rizzo:

Were y'all encouraged enough by those 2001 numbers to get more 70MM titles in the Dome in the near future? I’d rather see “Patton” or “Lawrence” or “West Side Story” than “The Ruins” or “Vantage Point”!

Chris Utley
Chris Utley on February 12, 2008 at 11:58 pm

My guess is “This Is Cinerama”. I’ll make sure to be there. I’ve already seen “HTWWW” here (see my $0.02 on that one somewhere around the middle of this page).

Coate on February 12, 2008 at 7:28 pm

Re “Windjammer”…

I’m not certain what exactly was shown. Eyewitness recollections of what was shown have varied. I know that by its final week, newspaper promotion included a “Not Shown In Original Format” type blurb.

I’m aware of some re-issue screenings as early as 1971 in other parts of the country. Stuart Galbraith’s book on Detroit movie theaters, for instance, claims it was shown there in 70mm. (But that book has a number of crazy claims; “El Cid” in 3-strip Cinerama, for example.) And I know of a source in Canada claiming a 70mm “composite” print was once available. Whatever was shown appears to have been a pale imitation of the original version.

Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois
Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois on February 12, 2008 at 2:59 pm

New Theater Editing Policy

Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois
Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois on February 12, 2008 at 2:54 pm

Michael Coate-that’s funny, do you really think they had the nerve to just put “jam” on that big screen? Perhaps they had a 70 or 35/scope version as with of HTWWW roughly 1/3 left pannel, full center pannel, 1/3 right pannel, and cut off a lot of the top and bottom? THANKS for all your work putting together all the films that have played the Dome!

“Ladies and Gentlmen, this is CINERAMA!” Lowell Thomas September 30, 1952

Coate on February 12, 2008 at 7:48 am
***Quoting "RobertR": I never knew Windjammer had a re-release in 1973, was it in Cinerama?***

It may have been more appropriate to claim that “jam” was re-released, because apparently the “Wind” and “mer” panels were not shown! :–)

neeb on February 10, 2008 at 5:17 am

Since I just watched ‘Richard Pryor, Live on the Sunset Strip’ I thought I’d point out that the Dome has a quick cameo in the opening seconds.
‘Ghost Story’ is on the marquee.

Bill Huelbig
Bill Huelbig on February 7, 2008 at 1:38 am

Thanks for answering that, Rizzo. The guy didn’t mention the digital projection, but he couldn’t get over the sight of thousands of extras (I think he said it was the Spanish Army) thundering across the screen.