Cinerama Dome and ArcLight Cinemas

6360 Sunset Boulevard,
Los Angeles, CA 90028

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Cliffs on April 22, 2013 at 10:30 pm

‘Classics in the Dome’ begins 5/3:

5/3, Friday Jaws

5/3, Friday 2001: A Space Odyssey

5/4, Saturday The Red Shoes

5/4, Saturday On the Waterfront

5/5, Sunday Lawrence of Arabia

5/5, Sunday Vertigo

5/6, Monday Dr. Strangelove

5/7, Tuesday Cool Hand Luke

No doubt all digital, but Lawrence should be 4K. Unfortunately, the CapeTown festival is that weekend, so it’s a no go for some.

Flix70 on April 18, 2013 at 6:22 pm

AFI Night at the Movies returns to Arclight April 24. Highlights include: Blade Runner, Pulp Fiction and The Thing. As usual one of the 13 films screens in the Dome: this year it’s In The Heat of the Night, introduced by Sidney Poitier.

Danny Baldwin
Danny Baldwin on March 24, 2013 at 2:19 am

“East of Eden” and “Splendor in the Grass” are 35mm, the rest digital.

RogerA on March 23, 2013 at 11:58 pm

Now if they can only get the digital to look as good as 65/70mm

HowardBHaas on March 23, 2013 at 10:35 pm

Are those classics shown in 35mm or, as I’m guessing, 2k or 4k digital?

Flix70 on March 23, 2013 at 10:01 pm

Looks like Arclight has added some additional one-shot retro screenings at the Dome: East of Eden (April 7), Moulin Rouge/Romeo & Juliet (April 14), Slendor in the Grass (April 23), The Untouchables (April 30) and Citizen Kane (May 1).

Flix70 on March 18, 2013 at 5:42 pm

Nice to finally hear from somone who went to one of the retro screenings. Glad to hear “Aliens” was a hit, Cliffs. Here’s hoping Arclight will indeed see the merits of retro screenings in the Dome and keep them going year-round. Let us know your thoughts on any future retro screenings you attend. I’m still waiting to hear from anyone who caught “Days of Heaven” back in Feb.

Cliffs on March 14, 2013 at 6:02 pm

Aliens in the Dome last night was fantastic!! Looked and sounded tremendous and the theater was just about at capacity. Batman and Back to the Future are getting similarly full. Hopefully these packed screenings remind Arclight/Pacific that the Dome has value beyond being a 3D dump bin.

Flix70 on February 4, 2013 at 6:51 pm

So did anybody catch “Days of Heaven” last night at the Dome? Do tell.

Flix70 on January 24, 2013 at 5:24 pm

The Dome will also host a Die Hard Marathon on Feb 13: All five films, including the premiere of A Good Day to Die Hard. First film starts at 11:15 AM. Price is $35.

PeterApruzzese on January 24, 2013 at 3:33 am

All of those are available on standard DCP via the rep departments, so I would assume they are 2K versions.

HowardBHaas on January 23, 2013 at 10:19 pm

2k, 4k, or blu ray or disc?

Manwithnoname on January 23, 2013 at 9:19 pm

All of the above mentioned screenings are digital.

Flix70 on January 23, 2013 at 6:39 pm

Also getting evening one-shot screenings at the Dome: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly (March 3), Raging Bull (March 10), Aliens (March 13), Back to the Future (March 24) and Say Anything (March 27).

Flix70 on December 31, 2012 at 6:49 pm

Terrence Malick’s “Days of Heaven” will get a one-shot screening at the Dome on…wait for it…Super Bowl Sunday (Feb 3, 2013). Are you kidding me?

Cliffs on November 24, 2012 at 12:24 am

You guys are missing my point because you can’t see past your blind hatred of Twilight. It isn’t about what’s not playing in the Dome, it’s about what is. Chris, have you seen any 3D in the Dome? It’s terrible. That huge curved screen is horrible for 3d, but Arclight doesn’t care (again, despite numerous complaints from viewers). Prometheus used 2 projectors for 3D and the entire right and left quarters of the screen were completely misaligned and impossible to watch (and this also happened with every 3D film to play in there since Avatar). To finally fix the problem, they removed one of the projectors and Amazing Spiderman (while eliminating the ghosting/misalignment) was so dark it was equally unwatchable. I watched most of the movie with the glasses off because it was the lesser of two evils.

Chris, with your hatred of “Lie-Max” can you not see my frustration in a theater that talks all about how presentation quality is their primary goal, yet doesn’t care that the quality of 3D in the Dome is probably one of the worst in the country, yet they continue to force 3D over 2D because fools like me are so in love with the Dome that they keep hoping this time will be different. So yes… Life of Pi: DOME WORTHY. Life of Pi 3D: NOT EVEN CLOSE. But you can’t charge $3.50 extra per seat with the enticement of seeing something at the Dome if you just show 2D.

I’d actually suggested many times to them that the Dome offer 1 or 2 2D showings of film on opening weekends for people who love the Dome but hate 3D in there (even if it’s the late show Saturday night). They steadfastly refuse. They claim it’s because the studios won’t allow them to, despite the fact that theaters like the Ziegfeld in NY and Grauman’s have done exactly that. No, it’s really because they know people will actually flock to the 2D over the 3D and they don’t want to give people what they really want.

Trust me, I love Arclight. I’ve been a member since they re-opened in 2002. I’ve seen more films there than any other theater, but I miss that Arclight. The new Arclight is more concerned with branding itself and becoming a chain with retro-fitted shoe-boxes that don’t really follow the high standards set by Hollywood. They’d rather do pointless Facebook polls about popcorn preferences than actually addressing customer grievances. That’s not the Arclight I fell in love with, though.

Chris Utley
Chris Utley on November 23, 2012 at 7:40 pm

On cinematic quality alone:

Let the teenyboppers ramshackle and text their way through Auditoriums 1-14 where they belong. Heh…they probably complained that the Dome screen is too big!

RogerA on November 23, 2012 at 7:07 pm

Pulling Twilight out of the main house to put it in two smaller houses allows them to schedule twice as many shows, giving patrons a larger choice of showtimes. The Arclight has much higher standards than most of the other chains like AMC. There are not many theaters left that can run 35mm 70mm and digital. Of course there is always someone who will bitch and complain.

Cliffs on November 23, 2012 at 8:53 am

BTW, if you want to see Arclight’s incompetence in action (as well as their continued abuse of the Dome as a 3D trash receptacle/extortion tool), they’ve now placed Life of Pi in their in 3D only. They’ve also given it a longer Dome run than either Skyfall or Twilight had. I’m not exactly a Twilight fan, but why in the world a theater would pull the #1 or #2 movie out now from their premiere house to make way for the #6 opener speaks to their desire to cram 3D in there every chance they get (despite numerous complaints from many). I get wanting to diversify the programming in there, but why are they not opening Hitchcock, considering it’s an exclusive with only 2 other theaters in town? Oh, right… cause that’s not in 3D.

Arclight’s become a joke that only cares about squeezing a few extra dollars out of people.

Cliffs on November 22, 2012 at 7:55 am

Because Arclight isn’t what they were 10 years ago when they started. At the birth of Arclight, they were about premium presentations and being a place where movie fans could congregate. Now (and ever since they opened all of the other Arc"LIGHTS" (Sherman Oaks, Pasadena, Beach Cities, La Jolla), they’ve become nothing more than a slightly upscale chain. While they have a historic screen in the Cinerama Dome, they instead insist on using it to extort 3D surcharges (when 3D looks TERRIBLE in there) and would rather run Resident Evil:Retribution 3D for 40 people on a Monday night than try and run something unique and worthy of that screen. I saw a special 35mm screening of The Fly in the Dome a few years ago with Cronenberg doing a Q&A afterwards (on, I think, a Tuesday night) and it was sold out (or nearly). But now, anytime they show Raiders or Ghostbusters or E.T., they show it in one of the standard auditoriums. Occasionally they do good work and have a Cinerama marathon (which, from what I could tell, was EXTREMELY successful) or the run of Kubrick movies they did not too terribly long ago, but for the most part they’ve been abusing what that screen could/should really be.

Flix70 on November 15, 2012 at 6:00 pm

I see the Aero Theatre in Santa Monica is screening a new 4K restored print of Lawrence of Arabia on Sun., Nov 25 for its 50th Anniversary. Why in the world is this not screening at the Dome? This is a landmark film that truly needs to been seen on the largest screen possible. Arclight’s actions, or lack there of, are beginning to mirror those of Lakers owner Jim Buss: consistent head-scratchers.

Manwithnoname on October 25, 2012 at 9:00 pm

In addition, if you reserve online and are an Arclight member ticket are $1 less. Additionally,with rare exception prices are not increased for rare screenings. During the recent Cinerama festival regular prices prevailed. I saw 3-strip Cinerama for less than $13 and also got my favorite seat. I do qualify for the senior discount now but even without that what a bargain for what you get.

RogerA on October 25, 2012 at 7:50 pm

A seat is bought for each performance and can be purchased online or at the box office. It is first come first serve and one can book far in advance. The ticket can be printed out at home allowing you admission so need to even go to the box office. It is worth the extra couple of dollars to get the seat you want and not have to fight long lines and pushy teenagers.

bigjoe59 on October 25, 2012 at 7:44 pm

Hello From New York City-

its interesting reading the various comments about the Cinerama Dome’s reserving seats policy. my question is exactly how does it work? one of comments makes it seem as if you can reserve a particular seat you like forever and ever. but i don’t suppose you can actually do that. so if you find a particular seat just right for you how can you make sure you get it for every film you want to see at the Dome? that’s the part i’m a bit fuzzy about.

also since i;m sure the being able to reserve a seat costs more how do people feel about that? regular movies in Manhattan cost $13.50-$14 which is already way to high so who would want to pay extra?

also do people who use the Dome’s reserved seating policy do so for every film or only for films they know will have a line around the block?

Cliffs on October 25, 2012 at 2:23 am

Agreed Flix70. Reserved seats in the Dome are the best thing ever. I have 2 specific locations I like to sit and reserved seating insures I have the seats I want without having to wait (sometimes hours) to get them. When we went to Grauman’s for the final Harry Potter (and this was before they moved to reserved seating there) we arrived around 9:30 for the midnight show and were already down Hollywood Blvd and around Orange. When we were finally let in, there was row after row of great seats covered with long Harry Potter scarves because 2 or 3 people were staking claim to nearly entire rows for friends that hadn’t arrived yet. My friend and I (who, again, both arrived 2+ hours early were relegated to the back corner, second from last row. I’ve NEVER, in the 100+ times I’ve been to the Arclight, had a bad seat there. Not once. To me, that’s why reserved seating is so great.