Cinerama Dome and ArcLight Cinemas

6360 Sunset Boulevard,
Los Angeles, CA 90028

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Flix70 on July 25, 2012 at 10:44 am

Here’s hoping the newly restored 4K Lawrence of Arabia gets at least a week-long stint at the Dome this October. Apparently the film will be re-released theatrically Oct 4 prior to its Blu-ray release in Nov. As Oct 4 is a Thursday, I’m hoping it’s not one of those one-day screenings that pop up at the chain multiplexes from time to time. The Dome did give Lawrence a week-long 40th Anniv showcase back in 2002. Fingers crossed.

Manwithnoname on July 25, 2012 at 8:28 am

There seems to be some confusion at least on one of the shows. Although not mentioned on the Arclight website, In70mm reports that while the print for the Saturday show is indeed 3-strip they report it as having “color faded to Magenta”. Additionally, for the second show, they list it as being 3-strip and then label it as a digital presentation on the right. Personally, I would rather see a red 3-strip presentation than a video version but if it is in fact badly faded the Arclight website should say so for those who care.

RogerA on July 19, 2012 at 12:25 pm

Yes it looks like they are running every three strip Cinerama film ever made. I expect the whole series to be sold out. Not bad for 50 year old movies.

Manwithnoname on July 19, 2012 at 12:22 pm

Tickets are already going fast. I have mine for “Brothers Grimm” and “Search for Paradise” in back-to-back 3-strip showings. This will be the first 3-strip showings for both at the Dome as far as I know. Going to be a great Saturday!

RussM on July 19, 2012 at 11:19 am

I am traveling 3000 miles for this festival, and have bought tickets for seven Cinerama films. Thanks to all the folks that have made this great event possible. Also, thanks to Arclight for releasing the schedule and starting ticket sales this far in advance.

RogerA on July 19, 2012 at 11:10 am

Yes, tickets went on sale last night at 6pm for the Cinerama festival and their web site was jammed for 30 minutes. Also they should make it easier to buy multiple tickets with out having to enter you credit card information each time.

Chris Utley
Chris Utley on July 19, 2012 at 10:16 am

The big Cinerama extravaganza is now on sale at – go to the Dome +21 section for titles and showtimes. I’ve got my ticket for “THIS IS CINERAMA” – and will happily cross off 1 item in my Top Ten Movies To See In A Theatre list.

ChasSmith on July 4, 2012 at 11:39 am

That is great. The interior was all red, I think, when I knew it, but how great to “be in it” again. Yes, more places should have this.

RogerA on July 4, 2012 at 11:01 am

The link works and it is a great view of the auditorium thanks PYTinLA

PYTinLA on July 4, 2012 at 10:50 am

Has anyone seen the Cinerama Dome now has a virtual tour? It’s super cool, take a look

It looks like some kind of Google thing. I love looking at the ceiling inside the dome and the purple draping that lines the walls. I’d love for all theatres to have it so I know what it’s like to be in a particular section of the theatre. Wondering if the Arclight next door will get one too.

RogerA on June 19, 2012 at 12:54 pm

Well bigjoe59

The Chinese opened on May 18, 1927

bigjoe59 on June 19, 2012 at 11:09 am

Hello To My Fellow Posters In L.A.–

i live in NYC and enjoy reading this page to see what’s going on in the movie going world of L.A. so i have a question for fellow posters in L.A.. does anyone know what the oldest continually in operation movie theater is in L.A.? my one qualification is that it has been a commercial house the entire time. for instance the Egyptian on Hollywood Blvd. doesn’t count since its been a non-profit film society type house for a number of years.

Flix70 on June 19, 2012 at 9:57 am

Looks like tickets are really moving for the opening weekend of The Dark Knight Rises at the Dome. My favorite seats are gone already.

Giles on June 13, 2012 at 8:06 pm

thanks for the response Zubi – I think (and gather) Warner is shooting itself in the foot by not encoding the five front speaker sound configurement on harddrive DCP form – the layout is there and possible, but so far no studio has encoded it as such for digital projection – and specifically preserving 70mm soundmixes for future generations.

RogerA on June 9, 2012 at 7:14 pm

I was in Hollywood today and decided to go see Prometheus. To late for the early show I got a ticket for the 2 pm showing. To my surprise the show was already almost 70% sold. After the ticket girl suggested several different seats that were way in the back of house. I told her to put me right on top of the screen and she sold me a front row ticket. I ended up sitting in the second row from the front. The real reason I went to see a film here was to figure out what seat I wanted for the upcoming showing of the Cinerama films and the new short film In the Picture, While I was hanging out waiting for the show to start I was offered a tour of the Cinerama projection booth. Of course I accepted. That was an unexpected treat.

Those who know the Dome know it has a deeply curved screen so there is some distortion from the curve and keystone. I was amazed that the picture was for the most part sharp and clear. The huge screen and great spread on the sound more than make up for any distortion caused by the screen and projection angle. So enough about the distortion people. While it was no way as clear and sharp as film it was without a question of a doubt a great presentation. The movie wasn’t that good but I expected that. So this is one of the few theaters in Los Angeles where it is worth the price of a ticket.

Richie_T on June 8, 2012 at 1:19 pm

Saw Prometheus under the dome at the midnight show. Amazing presentation. Jerry Goldsmith’s haunting Alien score playing before the movie inside the cavernous auditorium really set the mood. A+

Richie_T on May 15, 2012 at 12:47 pm

Thanks, Zubi… great insight!

RogerA on May 15, 2012 at 11:44 am

Your memory is not distorted 2001, My Fair Lady, West Side Story etc. were spectacular in the roadshow versions. Film still is the superior image especially on large screens and wide gauge. The cost of film especially for release prints is the problem.

Zubi on May 15, 2012 at 10:18 am

Mr. Sittig: I was asking, of course, about the screen SIZE of your 4k showing for “Ben Hur” (versus a 70mm 6-track magnetic presentation of same) and not the AMOUNT of in-frame image retained/cropped, etc. I was speaking of the actual masking in the auditorium; while you were referring to the virtual masking for the image itself (i.e. black bars). Naturally, the in-frame composition is subsequently projected and therefore no minor matter. However, I was simply trying to find out if this week’s digital showing would be comparable at all to the enveloping, extremely “large” (both visually and aurally) 70mm performance of “Ben Hur” at the Cinerama-Hollywood in 1990. Since we’re talking about a movie that is, after all, on television every Easter and Christmas—fully letterboxed and in beautiful HD, the paramount question for many of us concerning so sharp/expansive a picture is, frankly: how big is the theatre screen? Since I still wasn’t able to ascertain that from your nonetheless very thoughtful answers, I decided to just go find out for myself.

In answer to Giles and for those interested (and forewarned of my tendency to idealize film): I found the 4k format certainly serviceable but far from the magnificent, event-like splendor of the 1990 70mm engagement. The size of this Sunday’s “Ben Hur” showing was comparable to a 35mm scope projection: the picture was about 15-20% shorter than a 70 presentation at the Dome; and neither did it extend as far to the left or right as 70 in that venue. As Mr. Sittig indicated, this digital showing, like with the HD letterbox version on TV, is a more elongated picture (i.e. with a wider aspect ratio because of less cropping on the sides). And certainly more image/less cropping is always better than the reverse. However, the 4k picture overall is a much smaller projected image than a 70 performance in the Dome. The picture resolution was likewise decent. In fact, some scenes I have to admit popped more in digital. However, other scenes were much darker (too dark) and the focus overall was soft—particularly away from the center of the picture. Speaking of which, the aperture plate (if there is such a thing on digital projectors—I haven’t been in a booth in decades) appeared to be slicing off the two bottom corners. Also, for some reason, the auditorium masking wasn’t brought in over those black bars and on the sides (i.e. set to properly frame the readable image) to achieve a nice professional, finished look. Instead there appeared empty screen on all four sides of the picture. I know sometimes auditorium masking is left ajar for sound or technical reasons but it looks like the devil. The digital soundtrack was very good but it sounded strained at times. At least as far as my extremely subjective recollections go, 6-channel magnetic stereo still seems to me to be a richer experience. Of course, it’s always possible that I’m allowing my prejudice in favor of film to distort my memory on these matters. However, I don’t believe such is the case. I really have no problem with digital projection/sound for regular movies (they look and sound great). However, 70 in the Dome is still overall a much better experience—particularly for a giant epic like “Ben Hur” and for a large-screen theatre with a name and expectations like “Cinerama”.

Giles on May 14, 2012 at 2:56 pm

and … and ?? how did ‘Ben Hur’ look on the Dome screen?

Cliffs on May 12, 2012 at 11:22 am

Monday evening Ben Hur added in the Dome for all those that couldn’t get away on Mother’s Day.

RogerA on May 11, 2012 at 3:31 pm

You are referring to the old Warner Pacific on Hollywood blvd. At one time this theater was used to run reserve seat Cinerama films but the Cinerama screen was replaced with a smaller flatter screen (not sure when). In the 70’s I attended a 70mm festival in New York at the Strand Theater This was also at one time a Cinerama Theater. I marveled at the huge (90+ feet) screen and talked at length to the projectionist. His comment was' “you should have seen the screen before we cut it down in size.” So most of the deep dish screens that were used for Cinerama and Todd-AO were replaced with more conventional sized and shaped screens in the late 60’s early 70’s.

CSWalczak on May 11, 2012 at 3:31 pm

bigjoe59: See the Pacific’s entry here on CT here. It has been used as a church and for some industry events, but it needs serious repair and renovations.

bigjoe59 on May 11, 2012 at 2:47 pm


i haven’t been out to L.A. since the spring of 2004 at which time the Pacific up on Hollywood Blvd. was still boarded up and unused. now the last time i was out when it was still a first run venue abet a tri-plexed? one didn’t the downstairs main auditorium have a deeply curved screen? if i am not mistaken the Pacific along with the Cinerama Dome was used for reserved seat runs of Cinerama films both 3-strip and single lens 70mm ones. or is it possible they removed the curved screen when the Pacific was decommissioned as a movie theater.

CSWalczak on May 11, 2012 at 1:28 pm

I agree, EdSolero; add to that the fact that recitification, in the view of many, did not help all that much, which may be why it was not used on 70mm Cinerama films shot in Super Panavision 70 or Technirama 70. I remember seeing “Mad World” at the Palace in Cleveland on its deeply curved Cinerama screen and there was still some splaying at the extreme edges. ‘Bulge" looked better at the Great Northern, but the screen had a shallower curve.

I can’t recall where I read it years ago, but Stanley Kramer was not totally happy with the way the initial presentations of “It’s A Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World” looked at some of the roadshow venues as screen sizes, throw, and other factors caused varying amounts of distortion even with the rectified print.