Cinerama Dome and ArcLight Hollywood

6360 Sunset Boulevard,
Los Angeles, CA 90028

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moviebuff82 on January 27, 2016 at 7:37 pm

Nor you can pause it, Flix70.

Flix70 on January 27, 2016 at 4:53 pm

The Dome is screening four films, yes, four, this coming weekend: Kung Fu Panda 3, Star Wars, Mad Max & The Finest Hours. Seriously? You get 1-2 shots per day to see the film you want. They’re basically programming the Dome like a TV network now. Unfortunately you can’t DVR your movie if you don’t like the time slot.

moviebuff82 on January 20, 2016 at 7:33 pm

have you seen it on HBO lately? They cropped it from the scope ratio and the audio is much lower than the Blu-Ray. Thank god I rented it on disc from Netflix and enjoyed the action. I think the Revanant will be more oscar worthy than Mad Max as history suggests with the exception of Titanic and LOTR: ROTK.

Flix70 on January 20, 2016 at 5:33 pm

Mad Max: Fury Road is returning to the Dome this coming weekend: one show nightly, 10:30 PM. Truly one of the best films of 2015. I caught it on Blu-ray and was completely blown away. I can only imagine what the experience would be like on the Dome screen.

RogerA on January 8, 2016 at 3:21 pm

I saw the 70mm version of the Hateful Eight at the Landmark and the presentation was just bad. More and more I just watch movies at home.

Goodvibe61 on December 27, 2015 at 3:23 am

I just had to drop by the Arclight Hollywood Lobby today, since I was across the street at Amoeba. Just to be able to walk in, and actually see that they’re NOT using the Dome to screen the roadshow, 70 MM Panavision version of The Hateful Eight. And that they’re showing a digital print of Star Wars instead.

This has to be about as shameful an act of movie lover hatred as any I’ve seen in recent memory. I guess this has been talked to death, but be it a combination of Disney and Arclight, they really did a number on cinema exhibition lovers everywhere this weekend.

I can’t imagine actually buying tickets to go see Hateful Eight here, it’s playing in a smaller theater. Can you imagine going to see it there, knowing the Dome is right upstairs and it’s not being used to show a PANAVISION film?

This truly is a shame. It’s sickening is what it is. And to see Arclight trumpeting about this laser system they’ve installed for Star Wars. What a catastrophe. I’ve loved Arclight since it opened. They’ve killed that love in a single blow.

Where’s The Bride when I need her?

HowardBHaas on December 23, 2015 at 7:50 pm

As long as the DC Uptown is being compared to the Cinerama Dome, I will point out the 3rd such historic theater that I’ve had the pleasure to enjoy which is the Seattle Cinerama. That also has huge curved screen.

Movieholic on December 23, 2015 at 4:36 pm

I saw the remake of “The Amityville Horror” here on my last L.A. visit here ten years ago. Like the Uptown in D.C. the curved screen is impressive, as is the large auditorium.

Cliffs on December 23, 2015 at 7:44 am

It can if there’s no 70mm option available…

RogerA on December 22, 2015 at 5:28 am

I saw a show at the Chinese that was digital laser and I was not impressed. Digital still can’t beat good 70mm.

Cliffs on December 21, 2015 at 6:59 pm

Sorry, I had posted this but was asked to keep it quiet until Arclight had a chance to announce it themselves (which is why I deleted it a few days ago)…


ArcLight Announces an incredible cinematic viewing experience for guests starting with “Star Wars” release in the historic Cinerama Dome

(LOS ANGELES, CA—December 15, 2015 2015) ArcLight Cinemas, a premiere movie-going destination is excited to announce their collaboration withChristie® and Dolby® to bring the most advanced movie-viewing experience possible for ArcLight guests at the legendary Cinerama Dome in time for the most anticipated movie experience of the year “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.” Beginning this Thursday, December 17th, visitors to The Dome will be fully immersed in both cinematic history and new technology.

“We are always looking for the most innovative and immersive experience for our guests and feel the timing is perfect to bring the laser viewing experience to The Dome, which has such an iconic cinema history in Hollywood,” states Gretchen McCourt, Executive Vice President, ArcLight Cinemas.

The Dome has been upgraded with dual-head Christie 6P laser projectors and Dolby® 3D, which can project more than double the light of an average 3D projection system and will enable guests to view the nuances of the film and thoroughly enjoy the brilliance of “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” and future releases. Christie®extends the boundaries of 3D cinema with dramatically increased 3D light levels combined with Dolby® 3D advanced color separation technology. The Dome is already one of the largest screens in the nation and with the projection upgrade, it will be one of the largest screens with Christie laser projection.

“For more than 50 years, the iconic Cinerama Dome has been pushing the technological boundaries of movie presentations, and with the installation of the groundbreaking Christie 6-Primary (6P) dual-head laser projection system, ArcLight Cinemas is once again ensuring that their patrons have a most memorable movie-going experience,” said George Scheckel, senior director, Americas, for Christie. “We congratulate ArcLight on their choice, which continues our decade-long relationship that has seen Christie install scores of projectors in the chain’s theater throughout the United States.”

Dolby® 3D uses advanced color separation technology instead of the polarization technology. That makes it ideally suited for next generation laser projectors, which generate more light and create brighter images than bulb projectors. Dolby® 3D uses the laser’s native color light sources (red, green, blue) so no filters or light re-cycling is required.

ABOUT ArcLight Cinemas ArcLight Cinemas, created by Pacific Theatres, a privately owned, Los Angeles based company with 60 years of theatrical exhibition history throughout California, Hawaii and Washington is a premiere moviegoing experience with an unparalleled commitment to bringing a variety of rich cinematic content to moviegoers in all markets. ArcLight Cinemas operates eight theaters in California including Hollywood, Pasadena, Sherman Oaks, El Segundo, Santa Monica, Culver City and La Jolla, as well as one theater in Bethesda, Md, Chicago and Glenview, Ill. ArcLight also owns and operates the historic Cinerama Dome and programs the TCL Chinese Theatre and IMAX in Hollywood. Pacific Theatres currently operates theaters in Los Angeles that include The Grove and The Americana at Brand in Glendale, Calif. Additional information about ArcLight Cinemas is available at

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ABOUT Christie Christie Digital Systems USA, Inc. is a global visual and audio technologies company and is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Ushio, Inc., Japan, (JP:6925). Consistently setting the standards by being the first to market some of the world’s most advanced projectors and complete system displays, Christie is recognized as one of the most innovative visual technology companies in the world. From retail displays to Hollywood, mission critical command centers to classrooms and training simulators, Christie display solutions and projectors capture the attention of audiences around the world with dynamic and stunning images.

sunflower62 on December 19, 2015 at 8:38 am

For what its worth: Bill Hunt, who runs the popular digitalbits website, took his posse to see Force Awakens at the above Arclight Cinerama Dome Thursday night. His entire post Friday was on the experience. It seems the head of Christie Digital showed up to make an announcement before the showing. Bill raves about the presentation (and the movie). This reportedly half a million dollar system that was installed is evidently THE definitive way to see this movie. Sadly, I don’t live anywhere near Los Angeles. For those of you who do, you might want to check it out and report back. I don’t know Mr. Hunt, but his credibility in the industry seems legitimate. His article is at

RobertAlex on December 18, 2015 at 11:06 pm

Giles that is the same issue I have been complaining about for years at the Dome, the image just filled part of the screen and they pulled up the bottom corners to compensate for the curve resulting in an image that to me is unwatchable. It was corrected of course for Interstellar since that was 70mm and I think the presentation of American Sniper in digital was fine as well. Every other time I have been there , most recently Mockingjay 2, the image looked small and distorted and did not fill the screen. I have emailed them so many times on this , congrats on getting a response. I’ll go check it out after the Force leaves. My first time here was Apocolypse Now in 1979 when I was in high school and that changed how I saw movies.

Giles on December 18, 2015 at 10:32 pm

^ I’m just curious in knowing what disappointments you’ve noted are?

I got word from Arclight – that they fixed the image in filling the entire curved screen. For some reason this has never been corrected at Washington DC’s Uptown theater screen which displays this very odd fish-eye anomaly at the bowed corners – never a problem with the 70mm/35mm projector, but once digital came around … eck!

RobertAlex on December 18, 2015 at 5:55 pm

Giles that is funny. That has to be a mistake when they say 65 foot screen. If they use the full height of the screen they should be able to fill at least 75 feet of the 86 feet of screen they have if my math is correct. Every time I go to the dome it is such a disappointment ever since they installed digital. I am hoping someone will report back after they have gone.

Giles on December 18, 2015 at 4:33 pm

that extra 21 feet was supposed to be for ‘Hateful 8’ [sarcasm face]

RobertAlex on December 18, 2015 at 4:13 pm

I emailed them asking about the screen and got a canned response not telling me anything. Then I read the article above which is quite troublesome. It says

“Just in time for the release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, ArcLight Cinemas’ Cinerama Dome in Hollywood has installed its dazzling new Christie 6P dual-head laser projection system and Dolby 3D color separation technology.

With a 65-foot curved screen, The Dome — which opened in 1963 for three-strip Cinerama films — now offers a cutting-edge digital projection system that represents an investment of “several hundreds of thousands of dollars,” according to Joe Miraglia, director of design, construction and facilities at ArcLight."

65 foot screen?!? What the heck happened to the other 21 feet?

Giles on December 18, 2015 at 3:40 pm

does the new projector properly fill the whole screen – curve and all?

Giles on December 17, 2015 at 6:30 pm

oh you’re welcome Flix70. ‘Django’ is almost but not quite three hours, two hours and 45 minutes to exact

Jamie was in last year’s “Annie” (and “Dreamgirls” oh and “The Amazing Spider-Man”)– where have you been?

it’s on my bucklist to see a 70mm feature here.

question: does the screen for 2.76 features expand horizontally?

Flix70 on December 17, 2015 at 4:48 pm

Giles: Thanks for helping make my point that “three-hour westerns” can bring out the masses. Those are pretty good numbers. Sure Leo helped, but Jamie Foxx? The guy hadn’t done a thing since “Ray”…in 2004. Oh, maybe you were thinking of “Stealth?” I forgot to ask: Have you ever actually seen a 70mm film at the Cinerama Dome? It’s quite an experience, one that would make you wish Hateful 8 would screen there.

Giles on December 16, 2015 at 10:47 pm

silver – there are at least three online stories (National SunTimes, Variety, Slash) regarding the news that Arclight installed the dual-head Christie 6P laser system on the Dome – but it’s odd that Arclight didn’t release an official press release story regarding this – maybe they have, but I’m not having luck finding anything online reporting this.

Giles on December 16, 2015 at 10:23 pm

Flix70: $162,805,434 domestically to be exact. $30,122,888 (opening weekend). Mid January was the release of the movie internationally. It also had the big name draw of Leonardo DeCaprio and Jamie Foxx

silver on December 16, 2015 at 9:55 pm

Hold on—–

Who removed the posting regarding Arclight’s new 3D laser system?? And why??

Yesterday evening there was a quite long comment that IIRC was basically reprinting a long detailed Arclight press release about a new 3D laser projector being installed for the upcoming Star Wars The Force Awakens (supposedly 2 or 3 times brighter).

It was late so I only skimmed it, and was going to read it in full today. But now that comment is completely gone… Why?

Flix70 on December 16, 2015 at 8:49 pm

Apparently your unfamiliar with another “three-hour western” called Django Unchained that grossed $425 million a few years back. Granted it’s no Star Wars, but the masses still came out for it. There’s no reason to believe Hateful 8 couldn’t have moved into the Dome on Christmas and played to a packed house for its entire two-week Road Show run, especially with Star Wars playing at the nearby El Capitan and Chinese Theatre.

Giles on December 16, 2015 at 7:43 pm

and yet ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ comes out first … wah-wah cry me a river Tarantino. It’s down to the buck and what brings in the masses (a three-hour western?), regardless of who’s the director.