Cinerama Dome and ArcLight Cinemas

6360 Sunset Boulevard,
Hollywood,
Los Angeles, CA 90028

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bruceanthony
bruceanthony on August 7, 2004 at 5:30 am

I love the Cinerama Dome and I like the ArcLight Cinemas but the Grove usually does more business on the same film unless its in the Dome. The Grove is a little more popular than the ArcLight. Pacific Theatres owns and runs both theatres but to there surprise the Grove has been more successful as has been stated in Variety a number of times.I am from the old school I like the decor of a theatre like Grauman’s Chinese where the theatre can be as exciting as whats on the screen.The Arclight has great picture and sound and presentation and Pacific has invested a great deal of money in there flagship operation.I have friends who live on the westside and will make a special trip if a film is playing in the Dome but not a special trip for the Arclight blackbox theatres unless its an exclusive run.I have to applaud Pacific Theatres showmanship in bringing a little class back to moviegoing in Hollywood.I regard the Cinerama Dome,El Capitan,Grauman’s Chinese,National and Village theatres as the best theatres in LA to see a movie.brucec

scooty
scooty on August 6, 2004 at 8:06 am

I agree 100 percent with the last poster, the Arclight is incredible. The Grove is nice, but much more of a suburban kind of outing, with crowds, teenagers, and families.

It may be the best theater in the country…or maybe that is the Chinese. Not that I’ve been in every theater, but is there a better one?

As for the Dome, why aren’t they showing more Cinerama presentations? I missed the first round.

walkerre
walkerre on July 26, 2004 at 11:40 pm

We do have to remember however, that the Arclight exceeds THX Certifaction standards. The Grove is not even THX Certified (in any auditorium). I’ve been to both theatres many times and the presentation at Arclight is much better than the Grove hands down. Technically speaking the Arclight is superior to the Grove in sight & sound presentation. The picture is always razor sharp & there is never any dirt or scratches even after a film has played for a week or so. The sound system is from JBL: Projecting this immersive sound throughout each auditorium are custom-designed JBL systems that feature technology honored by the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences with a technical achievement Oscar, March 2002. Their two largest auditoriums are equiped with Dolby Digital SRD 6 channel, Dolby EX & SDDS 8 channel and have 3 stage speakers, 2 subwoofers and 9 surrounds, all JBL., the other auditoriums have Dolby Digital SRD 6 channel, Dolby EX & DTS ES. The two largest auditoriums have 70mm projectors & all auditoriums have scope screens with sizes ranging from 40 – 60 ft. The Grove may be more luxurious looking but I am going to see the film not the architecture or uniforms. The front row in all auditoriums (except the dome) is as far back from the screen as it is wide so that patrons are not forced to look up or turn their heads to see the entire screen. People will not be seated 5 min after the movie start time so as not to disrupt those already seated and watching the movie. Each movie is introduced by an arclight employee who gives a brief synopsis & lists the cast. On a comfort note, the arm rests are double width so you don’t bump arms with your neighbor and they are 3 inches wider than other stadium seats. There is no better theatre in LA.

bruceanthony
bruceanthony on May 9, 2004 at 9:18 pm

Correction the Cinerama Dome is still owned by Pacific Theatres this is there flagship operation. The Arc Light has wonderful programming such as the Director Series, AFI top 100 films,etc. This is an industry house. Its the Cinerama Dome that sets the complex apart from the others. The Arc Light complex is has top presentation and sound. The Arc Light has been successful but the Dome is its greatest asset. The Grove megaplex near the Farmers Market is more popular unless the film is playing in the Cinerama Dome. The Arc Light black box auditoriums had major input from the film industry where the Grove was built by an independent developer who wanted his theatre a little more upscale than the norm to match the upscale shopping center.The Grove pays homage to the old Hollywood including the uniforms worn by the employees. Pacific had the managing contract in running the Grove which became the top gossing megaplex in Southern California. In fact a bidding war broke out to purchase the Grove when the owner put the Theatre up for sale and Pacific who had ist choice to by it had to purchase the Grove for 25 Million.I think the film industry should take a good look at the Grove and build more megaplexe’s like it. Its to bad the Arc Light complex that includes the Cinerama Dome didn’t build it a bit more luxurious like the Grove and it would have been a bigger success.brucec

pantages
pantages on May 9, 2004 at 8:12 pm

Maybe ‘hoeing’ the west wasn’t such an error, eh? ;)

pantages
pantages on May 9, 2004 at 8:11 pm

‘Hoe The West Was Won’ was the last of the three-strip Cinerama films. Thereafter all ‘Super Cinerama’ presentations were either 70mm, 65mm or 35mm prints. ‘The Greatest Story Ever Told’ started to be made in 3-strip but after a week it was decided to make it in 70mm. I firmly believe there is a new market for 3-strip Cinerama and i hope someone will take the plunge one day soon. There is nothing to equal the clarity and depth of focus in Cinerama, except maybe IMAX, but then again, that is another story…

Mikeoaklandpark
Mikeoaklandpark on May 9, 2004 at 7:05 pm

Orlando
Teh screen in the downstairs Cinerama theater was great. It was the curved cinerama screen. I saw Hello Dolly there in the Broadway on Broadaway series in 1978, As I just posted on abnother site, I hate the fact that we don’t get to see 70mm films anymore.

Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on May 9, 2004 at 5:12 am

I also went to that Broadway on Broadway festival, and saw Oklahoma! for the first time, but the print had faded to that terrible pink color and needless to say it was a major disappointment. What were the dates of that festival?

Orlando
Orlando on May 9, 2004 at 3:06 am

The festival above called Broadway on Broadway which played at the R.K.O. Cinerama Twin as it was called at the time played the upatairs screen which was known as the Penthouse. I have the original theatre handout flyer listing all the shows. One film was “Finian’s Rainbow” which played “reserved seats” the Penthouse on it’s first time around 10 years earlier in 1968. I saw it with with the 7th grade music class on a school outing day. ( 10 a.m. show Adm. was $1. or $1.50 ), we had lunch at the automat next door.
The balcony screen in the Penthouse was also curved. I never was in the orchestra ( Cinerama Theatre ) for any film.

edward
edward on May 8, 2004 at 11:40 pm

From the Pacific Theatres website:
“ArcLight Hollywood’s 14 new auditoriums begin with a “black box” design aesthetic which favors undistracted viewing over opulence….”

Meaning: We’re too cheap to spend on any interior decor…
Many film lab screening rooms are nicer than some monsterplex mini-theatres.

RobertR
RobertR on April 22, 2004 at 6:32 pm

I remember that festival at The Cinerama it was called Broadway on Broadway and had alot of 70mm prints. I remember seeing The Sound of Music, My Fair Lady and Funny Girl. Thanks for jogging my memory. It’s just I want to see “This is Cinerama” so bad and will go to LA if I have to to see it at the dome.

Mikeoaklandpark
Mikeoaklandpark on April 22, 2004 at 6:15 pm

New York had a great Cinerama theater from the 60 until the middle 80’s when it like most times square theaters was torn down to make way for a hotel.I remember going there for the first time in the late 70’s to see Hello Dolly which was presented just as it was originally in 1969 when it opened. I remeber being amazed at the curved screen. RKO kept the cinerama screen until it closed the theater in the 80’s.

RobertR
RobertR on April 22, 2004 at 4:45 pm

Lets get Clearview to convert the Zeigfeld to what it was built for. I hate their flat screen. Let CINERAMA live in NY.

VincentParisi
VincentParisi on April 22, 2004 at 2:15 pm

Very nice. If only we had something like that in NY.

VincentParisi
VincentParisi on April 21, 2004 at 9:34 pm

What is the size of the screen and what is the length and the cord?

cnichols
cnichols on April 21, 2004 at 8:14 pm

Architect was Welton Becket and Associates

Official website is: http://www.arclightcinemas.com

JakeM
JakeM on March 15, 2004 at 10:25 pm

What a theatre! I saw 2 of the Lord of the Rings movies in the dome and was in awe! The surrounding theatres are fantastic as well, and prices are less than what I had heard beforehand. The Cinerama screenn is magnificent!

ChrisB
ChrisB on December 9, 2003 at 8:08 am

Went to the “Mad (etc) World” screening and had a great time – the movie was 70mm and stereo (even in the Shirelles song!) for the first time in ages. Got to meet Edie Adams (told her she was one of the funniest performers ever; she said “Well, it was all those years at Juillard!”), Stan Freberg and Marvin Kaplan. Stanley Kramer’s widow and Billy Bob Thornton introduced the film. Only downside? It was the shorter version of the film. But the clarity was amazing! Right before the end of the last chase you can see a big “Nixon for Governor” banner. Still Hollywood’s finest theatre IMHO.

Manwithnoname
Manwithnoname on October 10, 2003 at 6:32 pm

The Dome is celebrating it’s 40th anniversary this year. It will recreate it’s grand opening with a benefit screening of “It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World” in 70mm on Oct. 16. Sid Caesar, Jerry Lewis, Edie Adams, Jonathan Winters, Mickey Rooney and others are scheduled to attend. The event is sold out.

Manwithnoname
Manwithnoname on February 5, 2003 at 6:27 pm

How the West Was Won is now re-scheduled for Spring 2003.

Manwithnoname
Manwithnoname on January 3, 2003 at 11:18 pm

A special engagement of the original 3-strip Cinerama version of “How The West Was Won” is scheduled for February 2003. In answer to the comment below, both of the films mentioned were indeed shown in single strip 70mm although referred to as Cinerama.

Manwithnoname
Manwithnoname on October 7, 2002 at 12:08 pm

Yesterday I took my 14 year old daughter to experience the restored “This Is Cinerama” in the original 3-strip process. This is not the first time this film played here but the first time was 70mm single strip. Despite it’s name, 3-strip Cinerama never before played in this theater. In the lobby was John Sittig from Pacific Theaters' Cinerama archives answering questions and displaying Cinerama Camera #3 used to shoot several Cinerama productions (not this one). David Strohmaier, Producer/Director of the documentary “Cinerama Adventure” manned the Abel projection booth. It did, and still does, require 5 projectionists to present Cinerama. The presentation of this 50 year old film was excellent. Projection was flawless and the only drawbacks were in the film itself (some fading, deterioration, etc). While the actual screen size appeared to be about the same as 70mm presentations here (the screen and throw are only so large) the film is still impressive and I heard comments afterwards about how spectacular the film still is. Following the feature was a 3-strip trailer for “How the West Was Won” which is said to be scheduled for after the first of the year. The trailer looked even better than the feature. Reprints of the original souvenir program were available in the gift shop. In all, this was a wonderful trip through some cinematic history and I look forward to the next one.

Manwithnoname
Manwithnoname on May 6, 2002 at 1:51 pm

Just attended a screening of Spider Man at the renovated Dome. While the outside looks the same, save for the new complex built around it, the inside is another matter. The lobby cases showcase the history of the theater and the Cinerama process. The seats are new, as is the carpeting and curtains. The decor has gone from gold to a dark blue which allows the theater to become darker, involving the viewer in the image on the huge screen. The image WAS huge, even though it was not anamorphic and the sound was excellent. Only complaints: The presentation began out of focus which should never happen at $14 a pop and the curved screen distorted the picture some. There was a minor hassle when the theater sold the same seats twice (all seats are reserved). 3 hr parking is included in the price. In the Arclight complex, sporting 13 new auditoriums, are poster reproductions from 3 strip Cinerama productions which are from the American Widescreen Museum. The Dome is now equipped to show these for the first time and will later in the year. There is a cafe and a gift shop containing some Cinerama souveniers. Unfortunately, those Cinerama posters are not available although others are. An interesting historical fact is that Pacific Theaters bought the Cinerama company before this theater opened, then discontinued the 3 strip process in favor of Ultra Panavision 70 beginning with “Mad World”.

Manwithnoname
Manwithnoname on April 22, 2002 at 5:35 pm

The Dome, along with the new Arclight complex around it, have opened. It now costs $14 to see a movie there.