Cinerama Dome and ArcLight Hollywood

6360 Sunset Boulevard,
Los Angeles, CA 90028

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KramSacul
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
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
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
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
JRandell on April 13, 2008 at 6:22 pm

Actually, Arclight has 7 new NEC 2Ks.
http://www.dcinematoday.com/dc/PR.aspx?newsID=1047

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
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
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
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
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
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.

JSA

JRandell
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:

http://www.joblo.com/index.php?id=19949

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
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
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.

Bill Huelbig
Bill Huelbig on April 10, 2008 at 8:13 am

OK thanks, Chris. Maybe there’ll be a reason to make a trip to the Dome for Cinerama in 2009.

Chris Utley
Chris Utley on April 10, 2008 at 7:57 am

I wanted to give Rizzo the chance to respond but since he hasn’t yet…

According to him, in a comment thread regarding “Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull” in the News section, Arclight/The Dome’s booked it. It’s a shocker to me because I was certain that Grauman’s Chinese would get it.

Told y'all the news wasn’t THAT big…

Bill Huelbig
Bill Huelbig on April 10, 2008 at 7:21 am

Earlier post by Rizzo:

I don’t know of any Arclight sponsored 70mm events coming up, but we are working with AFI in getting more of their 100s in 70mm especially after the huge success of 2001.
posted by Rizzo on Feb 12, 2008 at 9:35pm

Is it something to do with this?

Giles
Giles on April 10, 2008 at 6:19 am

well … ?!? don’t leave us hanging here ???

markinthedark
markinthedark on April 9, 2008 at 3:03 pm

is it something about Indy 4?

Chris Utley
Chris Utley on April 9, 2008 at 2:58 pm

Naah…not THAT big…

Bill Huelbig
Bill Huelbig on April 9, 2008 at 2:29 pm

Must be 3-strip Cinerama, right? Can my budget bear two trips from NJ to the Dome in one year? …