Cinerama Dome and ArcLight Hollywood

6360 Sunset Boulevard,
Los Angeles, CA 90028

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Mikeoaklandpark on May 9, 2004 at 11:05 am

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.

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Mike (saps) on May 8, 2004 at 9:12 pm

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 on May 8, 2004 at 7:06 pm

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 on May 8, 2004 at 3:40 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 on April 22, 2004 at 10:32 am

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 on April 22, 2004 at 10:15 am

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 on April 22, 2004 at 8:45 am

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

VincentParisi on April 22, 2004 at 6:15 am

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

VincentParisi on April 21, 2004 at 1:34 pm

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

cnichols on April 21, 2004 at 12:14 pm

Architect was Welton Becket and Associates

Official website is:

JakeM on March 15, 2004 at 2:25 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 on December 9, 2003 at 12:08 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 on October 10, 2003 at 10:32 am

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 on February 5, 2003 at 10:27 am

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

Manwithnoname on January 3, 2003 at 3:18 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 on October 7, 2002 at 4:08 am

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 on May 6, 2002 at 5:51 am

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 on April 22, 2002 at 9:35 am

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

Manwithnoname on February 26, 2002 at 5:47 am

The first film shown here was “It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World”.

Manwithnoname on February 20, 2002 at 4:13 am

The last film I saw there before it closed for renovation was “Godzilla”. The one before it was a revival of the uncut version of “The Wild Bunch” in 70mm. Although I have seen it dozens of times, it was like seeing it for the first time. Amazingly, that nearly 30 year old film played for six weeks.

JAMESTCULLEN on November 24, 2001 at 2:12 pm

I am anxiously awaiting more info as to when the “dome” will be ready for “This Is Cinerama”. I am a former member of IATSE and ran a Cinerama booth in New Jersey, back in 1963.