Cinerama Dome and ArcLight Hollywood

6360 Sunset Boulevard,
Los Angeles, CA 90028

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markinthedark on April 17, 2008 at 8:39 am

BLADE RUNNER also played later in its run at Mann’s Chinese 6 complex for a week or so in “Digital Projection”. Any ideas what they have there?

Giles on April 17, 2008 at 6:11 am

BLADE RUNNER and DR. STRANGELOVE were both projected in 4K on Landmark’s Sony system.

JRandell on April 17, 2008 at 1:16 am

I suppose they might be playable on the projectors, but the projector would have to “downgrade” it to 2K. Just speculation on my part.

Also, last I had heard the only public theater in town with a 4K is Mark Cuban’s new Landmark. Which was why Blade Runner: Final Cut played there since they mastered it in 4K.

KramSacul on April 17, 2008 at 12:35 am

I thought the NECs were just brighter 2k units.

Giles on April 16, 2008 at 6:07 am

so NEC units can playback 4K files – correct? From the literature I’ve seen on the systems that’s my understanding.

William on April 15, 2008 at 3:50 pm

Rizzo, Thanks
He been with Pacific for a long time. He was a technician with them when I was at their Picwood Theatre.

William on April 15, 2008 at 2:38 pm

Rizzo is Dave Pepper still at the Dome?

KramSacul on April 15, 2008 at 2:28 pm

I guess I’m in the middle: I want the big theater with the curtains (hopefully working) AND the 2k/4k DLP. Unless the movie used film all the way thru post and didn’t utilize a DI then there is no reason to view the film version except for comparison purposes. I much rather see it in a format that is closer to the source. Plus the sound (24-bit lossless?) beats the crap out of low bitrate Dolby Digital.

As for Arclight getting the NEC projectors when should that happen? The NECs at Grauman’s and the Village are pretty nice. The Dome’s IMO looks like crap but it’s mostly because of the screen and it’s problems.

haineshisway on April 14, 2008 at 12:53 am

I have no interest in digital projection. The thought of it nauseates me. So, call me an old fogey, but I want film. Period. In our DGA screenings, they ONLY show film – that’s why I refuse to go to theaters anymore, because I know I’ll get the best film presentation at the DGA. Youngsters seem to take a shine to digital projection because there’s no dirt or scratches, but, you know, I’ll put up with that.

JRandell on April 13, 2008 at 9:13 pm

I actually agree with most of that. Curtains are nice and would be better but it’s not a huge thing for me. The Dome is definitely not one of my faves either, unless their showing 70mm or Cinerama.

I’m not saying the Arclight houses are perfect, but outside of some of the screening houses in town (such as the DGA) they’re the best houses to me because the projection and sound are great, I don’t have to fight for a good seat (which are the most comfortable to me), and I never feel as immersed in the film as anywhere else I’ve been. I appreciate the Chinese and still go there occasionally but usually only for “event” movies.

Of course, all of this is changing since Arclight is making the move to digital which I’m not really a fan of yet.

haineshisway on April 13, 2008 at 6:36 pm

Some people want both, Mr. Randell and there’s no reason they shouldn’t have it. Yes, curtains – it’s not nostalgia, it’s showmanship. Are you young? Because the only people who seem to use the word nostalgia in a pejorative way are young people. And if you’re not young, well then I’m baffled by your comments. I think most of the people who bother to come here and post ad nauseum in the Cinerama Dome thread are film lovers and people who prefer the best possible viewing experience. That said, I have never thought the Dome was the best possible viewing experience for anything, due to the lack of light on the screen. In its heyday, the Chinese was something special, as was the Egyptian, and the Pantages. I haven’t been to the Village in some time, but they have curtains and it was always lovely there to see a film. For me, there’s nothing worse than walking into a movie theater and seeing the screen revealed. It’s stupid and boring and there’s no magic. If that’s what you prefer, bravo. The ONLY place I go see movies is the DGA – beautiful theater, curtains, the best projection in town. End of story.

JRandell on April 13, 2008 at 6:22 pm

Actually, Arclight has 7 new NEC 2Ks.

Architechture and curtains? I only care about the best viewing environment that makes me forget about everything around me. I’ll never understand the appeal of “palaces” over better viewing quality, other than nostalgic reasons. To each his own, I guess.

markinthedark on April 13, 2008 at 2:54 pm

If I’m in LA in May I’ll be at the Village to watch me some good old fashioned film. If I am in Seattle, hopefully Indy at the Cinerama. If they do strike a 70mm print, I will be at that theatre…Just wish I could have seen it at The National.

KramSacul on April 13, 2008 at 1:25 pm

But no 2k DLP or cranked sound. Also no architexture, no curtains…. damn you Paramount. Don’t make me have to go to Westwood Village.

JRandell on April 12, 2008 at 3:51 pm

There’s always the two largest Arclight houses, which I actually tend to prefer to Grauman’s most of the time. Much shorter throw to the screen (and not nearly as many annoying customers).

KramSacul on April 12, 2008 at 3:29 pm

The Dome will be getting Iron Man AND Indy 4? That’s pretty disappointing as I was looking forward to seeing them at Grauman’s where there’s actually light on the screeen.

JSA on April 11, 2008 at 4:47 pm

Bill: I don’t think that there was any argument at all between Lucas and Spielberg relative to film vs. digital, at least concerning Indy 4. Spielberg chose film for creative reasons, to evoke the same look and feel as the previous pictures. And in addition to film, “traditional” (i.e. non-CGI) special effects and stunts were used as much as possible. It seems to me that Lucas would embrace that approach as well, regardless of his interest in digital formats.


JRandell on April 11, 2008 at 12:54 pm

Iron Man has been confirmed for Arclight.

Bill Huelbig
Bill Huelbig on April 11, 2008 at 9:28 am

I wonder if there were any big arguments between Lucas and Spielberg over digital projection? They’re on completely opposite ends of the spectrum on that issue.

Chris Utley
Chris Utley on April 11, 2008 at 9:04 am

Looks like that was just a RUMOR as of February 2008:

Got another question for you Rizzo: Are y'all getting “Iron Man” at the Dome? I’m asking because I run a (almost) 600 member film club in town that gets together every week to catch the latest flicks all over SoCal. Our group is planning to catch “Iron Man” on opening night. I ASSUMED Grauman’s would be showing it…but after the Indy 4 news, I’m wondering if it’ll be at Arclight Hollywood/The Dome instead.

Chris Utley
Chris Utley on April 11, 2008 at 8:52 am

I thought Spielberg already announced that there would be no digital prints AT ALL for Indy 4. Let me do the research…

Bill Huelbig
Bill Huelbig on April 11, 2008 at 3:47 am

Thanks, Rizzo. It’s a comforting feeling to know that someone who cares about Cinerama as much as you do is on the case!

JRandell on April 11, 2008 at 1:05 am

Sigh….all that build up for something I’ve known for months (and I thought others knew). I was hoping 70mm news.

Bill Huelbig
Bill Huelbig on April 10, 2008 at 9:43 am

I’ve only seen one movie at the Chinese, “School of Rock”, which doesn’t show the theater and screen off to its very best advantage, but I’d say the Dome has the better screen between the two. It’s that curve – some people say it’s a liability but I think it’s amazing. It’s the best place to show “Indiana Jones”.

Flix70 on April 10, 2008 at 9:16 am

Indy IV really shouldn’t be a shocker since Lucasfilm’s Revenge of the Sith bypassed the Chinese and opened at the Dome in 2005.