Cinerama Dome and ArcLight Hollywood

6360 Sunset Boulevard,
Los Angeles, CA 90028

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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?

Danny Baldwin
Danny Baldwin on September 11, 2012 at 5:34 pm

For the Midnight screening specifically, yes… but sell-outs for this type of LA/NY exclusive are not at all rare. See: MOONRISE KINGDOM’s first week at the ArcLight. P-T-A has built a following that is close to Wes Anderson’s in terms of devotion. THERE WILL BE BLOOD sold out the two biggest auditoriums inside consistently for a week (albeit during the holidays).

silver on September 11, 2012 at 4:25 pm

Wow. I just looked at the ticket page on Arclight’s website.

The 1st screening of ‘The Master’ in 70mm in the Cinerama Dome this Thursday night at MIDNIGHT is SOLD OUT.

It’s kind of amazing for a non-superhero type film to be able to do that. My impression is that ‘The Master’ is more of an art house type film. And especially since it will be screening in The Dome in 70mm for the next 7 days, one of which I will be at.

jsittig on September 7, 2012 at 12:10 pm

Yes, The Master will play in 70mm in the Dome.

Edward Havens
Edward Havens on August 31, 2012 at 10:54 pm

Theatre 3 has 416 seats. It and its upstairs twin #10 are the two largest auditoria in the Arclight part of the complex.

RogerA on August 31, 2012 at 4:23 pm

I heard about this new film called The Master Filmed with a 65mm negative. It is coming to the Dome. I’m surprised I got a good seat. I expect it will be a 70mm print. That would look good on that screen.