Cinerama Dome and ArcLight Hollywood

6360 Sunset Boulevard,
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Jon Lidolt
Jon Lidolt on March 8, 2008 at 10:00 am

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 9:28 am

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
JSA on March 7, 2008 at 12:44 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!

JSA

Coate
Coate on March 7, 2008 at 1:44 am

1) “Best Of” Showcase

02.14.2003 … CHICAGO
02.15.2003 … SPIRITED AWAY / CHICAGO
02.16.2003 … SPIRITED AWAY / THE PIANIST
02.17.2003 … THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE TWO TOWERS
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
JSA on March 6, 2008 at 7:53 pm

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?

JSA

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on March 6, 2008 at 6:55 pm

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
Coate on March 6, 2008 at 5:33 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
kencmcintyre on February 24, 2008 at 9:35 pm

Here is a June 1976 ad from the LA Times:
http://tinyurl.com/2t8xkc

ZiegfeldMan
ZiegfeldMan on February 20, 2008 at 10:27 pm

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
haineshisway on February 13, 2008 at 2:52 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
Manwithnoname on February 12, 2008 at 7:45 pm

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 12, 2008 at 6:00 pm

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 5:58 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
Coate on February 12, 2008 at 1:28 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 8:59 am

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Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois
Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois on February 12, 2008 at 8:54 am

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
Coate on February 12, 2008 at 1:48 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
neeb on February 9, 2008 at 11:17 pm

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 6, 2008 at 7:38 pm

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.

Giles
Giles on February 6, 2008 at 9:45 am

But Bill did the guy who saw ‘El Cid’ say it was a 35mm print or a DLP projection – the latter was presented as such for the AFI/Silver Theatre showing which proved to be disasterous.

Bill Huelbig
Bill Huelbig on February 5, 2008 at 10:29 pm

JSA: I’m glad too! The only downside: any other theatrical movies I see will seem puny and insignificant for the next few weeks.

JSA
JSA on February 5, 2008 at 10:03 pm

Thank you Michael, this brings a few fun memories. One thing that I liked was the flyers or mini-programs that were handed out to the patrons, specially during the retrospectives and special screenings. A big thrill for me was “The Guns Of Navarone”.

Bill: I’m glad that you made the “pilgrimage” to see 2001!

JSA

Coate
Coate on February 5, 2008 at 6:26 pm

[b]THE CINERAMA DOME
PART III ½ : THE FESTIVALS

Compiled By Michael Coate[/b]

11.03.1988 … Pacific’s Cinerama Dome 25th Anniversary Retrospective

(Titles marked with * were shown in 70mm)

11.03 …
IT’S A MAD MAD MAD MAD WORLD

11.04 … Science Fiction Day
STAR TREK III: THE SEARCH FOR SPOCK
STAR TREK IV: THE VOYAGE HOME
2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY

11.05 … Steven Spielberg Day
1941
JAWS
BACK TO THE FUTURE*
RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK
CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE THIRD KIND

11.06 …
THIS IS CINERAMA*

11.07 … 25th Anniversary Day!
IT’S A MAD MAD MAD MAD WORLD

11.08 …
GOOD MORNING, VIETNAM
APOCALYPSE NOW

WOODSTOCK

11.09 … Broadway Musical Day
CAMELOT
JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR

11.10 … Stanley Kubrick Day
2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY*
BARRY LYNDON

11.11 … Francis Ford Coppola Day
SLEEPING BEAUTY
PEGGY SUE GOT MARRIED
NAPOLEON
APOCALYPSE NOW*

11.12 … Academy Award Evening
WHO FRAMED ROGER RABBIT*
SLEEPING BEAUTY
THE STING
OUT OF AFRICA
CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE THIRD KIND

11.13 …
FAME*
ZOOT SUIT

11.14 … Comedy Day
SPLASH
OUTRAGEOUS FORTUNE
BLAZING SADDLES
AMERICAN GRAFFITI

11.15 … High Adventure Day
THE UNTOUCHABLES
TOP GUN*
DELIVERANCE

11.16 … Great Musicals Day
YENTL
ALL THAT JAZZ
NEW YORK, NEW YORK
TOMMY

11.17 …
THIS IS CINERAMA*
IT’S A MAD MAD MAD MAD WORLD


03.01.1990 … XX Years Of Zoetrope
APOCALYPSE NOW (70mm-Dolby Stereo)
ONE FROM THE HEART (70mm-Dolby Stereo)


05.24.1990 … See The Future Back To Back To Back
BACK TO THE FUTURE (Dolby Stereo)
BACK TO THE FUTURE PART II (70mm-Dolby Stereo)
BACK TO THE FUTURE PART III (70mm-Dolby Stereo)


05.15.1992 … Exclusive 7 Day 70mm Film Festival
2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY (05.15-16)
WEST SIDE STORY (05.17-18)
OKLAHOMA! (05.19-21)


11.04.1992 … The All-Time Classics Retrospective
APOCALYPSE NOW (11.04-17; 70mm-Dolby Stereo)
GONE WITH THE WIND (11.18-24)
THE WIZARD OF OZ (11.25-12.01)
CASABLANCA (12.02-05)
CITIZEN KANE (12.06-10)


05.20.1994 … Columbia Classics Festival
THE BRIDGE ON THE RIVER KWAI (1 week, Dolby Stereo SR)
LAWRENCE OF ARABIA (1 week, 70mm-Dolby Stereo SR)
THE GUNS OF NAVARONE (1 week, Dolby Stereo SR)
TOMMY (1 week, Dolby Stereo SR)


02.12.1999 … The Columbia Pictures 75th Anniversary Film Festival
LAWRENCE OF ARABIA (02.12-13, 70mm-Dolby Stereo SR)
DR. STRANGELOVE (02.14-15)
EASY RIDER (02.14-15, SDDS)
IT HAPPENED ONE NIGHT (02.16)
MR. SMITH GOES TO WASHINGTON (02.16)
THE BRIDGE ON THE RIVER KWAI (02.17, Dolby Stereo SR)
GUESS WHO’S COMING TO DINNER (02.18)
TOOTSIE (02.18)
CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE THIRD KIND (02.19-21, Director’s Cut, DTS)
FROM HERE TO ETERNITY (02.22-23)
ON THE WATERFRONT (02.22-23)
TAXI DRIVER (02.24-25, Dolby Stereo SR)


07.28.2000 … Celebration Weekend
TERMINATOR 2: JUDGMENT DAY (07.28, 70mm-Dolby Stereo SR)
LAWRENCE OF ARABIA (07.29-30, 70mm-Dolby Stereo SR)
BEN-HUR (07.29-30, Dolby Stereo)

Bill Huelbig
Bill Huelbig on February 5, 2008 at 4:36 pm

The guy I sat next to in the front row for “2001” saw “El Cid” that night. It was in one of the other Arclight theaters, and he said it was a knockout. The movie looked beautiful, and the children of Samuel Bronston and Anthony Mann were on hand too, to speak about the movie.

Giles
Giles on February 5, 2008 at 3:36 pm

Did anyone attend the January 28 presentation of ‘El Cid’ – I gather it wasn’t in the Dome. Was this a 35mm print or HiDef Digital projection – the latter was shown the same night at the AFI’s Silver Theatre – and it was from what I read a terrible presentation.