Cinerama Dome and ArcLight Cinemas

6360 Sunset Boulevard,
Los Angeles, CA 90028

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Bill Huelbig
Bill Huelbig on October 3, 2012 at 7:29 pm

Seeing The Wonderful World of the Brothers Grimm in Cinerama was one of the great movie experiences of my life. Any flaws in the print were so easy to overlook when the film as a whole was so beautiful. If only George Pal had lived to see this show. His love of storytelling was on display in every scene. I only hope some of his surviving family members were aware of it.

dickdziadzio on October 2, 2012 at 9:48 am

When I first saw TIC in Boston in 1960, the projectionist dropped a hinged sephia filter in front of the lens when that segment came up and quickly removed at the seqment end. Those segments had been photographed in black @ white in late 1949.

bigjoe59 on October 2, 2012 at 8:48 am

Hello to J. Sittig-

i just watched the blu-ray disc of the restored remastered “This Is Cinerama”. i quite enjoyed it
and i have two questions- thing i liked about the restored remastered blu-ray disc released Sept. of ‘08 of “How The West Was Won"was that the lines between the panels were virtually eliminated. yet with TIC that was not done. might i ask why?

2.after watching the film first without the commentary i wondered why the Long Island church choir segment was in sepia rather than Technicolor as was the rest of the film. when i watched the film again with the commentary my question was answered by the fact this scene was not shot for TIC but was a test scene shot by Waller to get backing for TIC. of course the sepia isn’t changeable but couldn’t that scene have been restored/remastered a bit more so it had the sharp crisp crystal clear image of the rest of the film?

Manwithnoname on October 1, 2012 at 8:45 pm

Having now attended 4 films at the Cinerama festival here is a quick rundown: “Brothers Grimm” was a decent looking print and the only known 3-strip in existence. Apparently not easy to run as there were technical difficulties but that can happen and I do not fault anyone. In attendance were Russ Tamblyn, Rita Moreno and George Chakiris. “Search for Paradise” could have been great and was flawlessly presented. However, even though in 3-strip the print was pink which spoiled much of the grandeur. There was a song running through the film that was quite annoying and the search itself just wasn’t very thrilling. In attendance were members of composer Dimitri Tiomkin’s family. “Seven Wonders of the World” was to be digital for act 1 and 3-strip for act 2. Instead of 3-strip there was another video version spliced into the restored scenes which were blurry and headache inducing. John Sittig announced someone pretty much made a video of the film while it was running. I still enjoyed it more than “Search” however. Finally “South Seas Adventure” which was fully restored digital and looked much better than I expected. The scenes of Hawaii in the 1950s were fascinating and you can glimpse the marquee of the now demolished Waikiki Theater with “Pride and the Passion” playing. In attendance were Ramini who had a featured role and member’s of producer Dudley’s family. I was witness to the passing of the old and the wave of the future all in these 4 screenings. What a great lesson in film history and I am \glad I was a part of it. I am equally glad these films are being preserved in any format.

Chris Utley
Chris Utley on September 30, 2012 at 3:20 pm

Yep…masking is movable indeed.

RogerA on September 27, 2012 at 5:39 pm

jsittig will be able to answer that question but I think the Dome has movable top and side masking

thomasc on September 27, 2012 at 5:30 pm

Does anyone know the exact width of the Dome’s screen when showing 1.85 and showing ‘scope? The Arclight website says that the screen is “32 by 86 feet” but the math suggests the full 86 foot screen is only utilized when projecting a format such as Ultra Panavision (2.76:1). Does the Dome always project a common height for all formats?

Richie_T on September 22, 2012 at 5:44 pm

Saw The Master today under the dome in glorious 70mm!

CSWalczak on September 20, 2012 at 12:24 pm

I can agree with your, Edward, but to whom is the statement really being made?

RogerA on September 20, 2012 at 11:43 am

I hope film is not dead and that some filmmakers will continue to use film. Of course video is here to stay and there is no going back.

Edward Havens
Edward Havens on September 20, 2012 at 11:35 am

Roger: it is true, which is also why the 70mm prints are hard-matted to 1.85:1. No, it doesn’t really make sense, especially considering all of PTA’s other features were shot 2.39:1, which is closer to 70mm’s 2.20:1 than Academy flat’s 1.85:1, but that’s what happened.

CSWalczak: PTA shooting most of the film in 65mm (only using 35mm for scenes where a 65mm camera would not have fit or otherwise worked) was his way of making a statement about the current state of digital cinema. If one may never be able to work with film again, especially if one is only making a film every five years now, why not go out on the format with something special?

RogerA on September 20, 2012 at 11:35 am

Aspect ratio It’s the filmmakers choice. If I shot a film in 65mm I would use the whole frame. To open in a limited roadshow engagement in the 70mm format got me to the theater to see a film I would have waited and watched on video. The screen at The Dome is big and there were scenes, even on close examination, that were very clear and with fine detail. I saw a 70mm blow up of “Camalot” in one of the big New York theaters with a huge one-hundred foot screen and there was one scene where the grain was a large as baseballs.

CSWalczak on September 20, 2012 at 8:57 am

Following up on RogerA’s comment: why bother to originate the film on 70mm stock if it is not going to be exhibited in a widescreen ratio? While I admire the director’s work, up to this point, I do not understand why he set off a stir to encourage as many 70mm showings as possible when the film is masked down to a conventional aspect ratio. The only result of doing that is a somewhat sharper image.

RogerA on September 20, 2012 at 8:47 am

Well if that is true than that would explain the difference in quality throughout the film.

Edward Havens
Edward Havens on September 20, 2012 at 8:35 am

RogerA, while more than half of The Master was shot in 65mm, using Kodak 5201, 5207 and 5213 stock, the remainder was shot in 35mm.

RogerA on September 20, 2012 at 8:28 am

“The Master” was not a 35mm blow up it was shot on 65mm negative. The choice not to use the full frame and mask the sides was the decision of the director.

Zubi on September 20, 2012 at 1:22 am

Roger A – “The Master” in 70mm, it should be added, is not a widescreen presentation. As opposed to a stretched 35mm “scope” blowup, it appeared to be a 35mm “flat” blowup. Typically, this type of 70 format features black, vertical bars on left and right sides of frame (not visible, of course, to the audience). In other words, the film stock itself is extra-wide but the projected image is not.

Auntieagent – Most movies look great there—film or digital. However, when possible, the very best pictures to be seen and heard at the Cinerama-Hollywood are the widescreen epics of the 1960s presented in their original, premium FILM formats (something that is increasingly rare, even there). “How the West Was Won” in 3-strip Cinerama (three 35mm projectors working together to form a single great image) is, however, showing there soon and should not be missed—it’s unbelievable. The Cinerama travelogues and the like are impressive too but they can be boring. That is not the case with “HTWWW”. It’s an event. Also, widescreen 70mm 6-track magnetic prints—particularly for visual and orchestral masterpieces like “Ben Hur” and “Lawrence of Arabia”—are stunning and thunderous experiences in the dome. Unlike the 70mm runs of the 1970s and 80s—most of which were 35mm blowups, the great 60s epics were PHOTOGRAPHED in the 70 format and so are particularly breathtaking on the Cinerama’s very large screen. Unfortunately, they seldom show these films in 70 anymore and, when they do, I believe it’s usually with only digital sound.

jsittig on September 20, 2012 at 12:52 am

RogerA Yes, the audience will need to leave the theatre between shows so we can reset formats for the next show and give the crew opportunity to clean the theatre. Since all seats are reserved, there is no need to stand in a line since your chosen seat will be waiting for you. You might want to try our Cinerama inspired menu at the cafe or browse the gift shop for lots of Cinerama branded merchandise. John Sittig, Cinerama Inc.

auntieagent on September 19, 2012 at 7:17 pm

Which films are best seen in the Cinerama Done? Is it expected that The Hobbit will be screened there?

RogerA on September 19, 2012 at 10:40 am

Like most films the quality varied and when any film is projected on a large screen one can see details that aren’t as obvious on a smaller screen. Some scenes in “The Master” were very clear, sharp with resolution seldom seen in theaters today but not every scene was crystal clear. Quality seem to depend on the camera lens that was used and of course the film stock. There was a tiny bit of jump and bounce but that was in the projector and it wasn’t that noticeable. I must be used to digital projection because there was extreme flicker in some of the bright scenes. Overall it was a excellent presentation but it clearly demonstrates the difference between high quality film and video. Let’s hope there is a future for both formats. There is no question that each has a different look.

Flix70 on September 19, 2012 at 9:17 am

What, no reviews of The Master in 70mm?

RussM on September 18, 2012 at 7:21 am

The upcoming Cinerama Film Festival has showings scheduled with a gap of about 40 minutes between each film. Does anyone know how they will handle persons staying for more than one show ? Will it be necessary to exit the building, and re-enter ?

RogerA on September 14, 2012 at 4:54 pm

I bought my ticket for “The Master” a couple of weeks ago and there were plenty of open seats but the last time I checked most of the seats for the Saturday 4:45 show were sold. It looks like it will do big biz this weekend at the Arclight!

Danny Baldwin
Danny Baldwin on September 13, 2012 at 4:29 pm

Yes, early reports were correct — there was one installed in #3.

CSWalczak on September 13, 2012 at 2:23 am

The site indicates that two 70mm prints of “The Master” are being shipped to the Dome, and the schedule of showings for Friday, the 14th, shows that not all of the showings are in the Dome, so it would appear that at least one other screen at the Arclight has been or is equipped for 70mm. Can anyone confirm?