Cinerama Dome and ArcLight Hollywood

6360 Sunset Boulevard,
Los Angeles, CA 90028

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Cinerama Dome and ArcLight Hollywood

A geodesic dome built for the Cinerama format, this mini-Epcot like structure is a wonder of 1960’s showmanship. Featuring an enormous curved screen and ample seating underneath the large dome, the Cinerama Dome is famous for blending first run films with the occassional revival classic. The Cinerama Dome opened November 7, 1963 with 937 seats and the World Premiere in 70mm of “Its a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World”. Additional 70mm films included the West Coast premiere of “The Greatest Story Ever Told” on February 17, 1965, the World Premiere of “The Battle of the Bulge” on December 16, 1965 and the World Premiere of “Ice Station Zebra” on October 23, 1968. In 1999, The Dome exhibited an exclusive week long showing of the original “Blade Runner” answer print.

The Cinerama Dome was recently renovated by Pacific Theatres and the theater is now able to exhibit 3-strip Cinerama features — something it never did even when it first opened. The Cinerama Dome and the Seattle Cinerama are currently the only theaters in the US equipped to show 3-strip Cinerama prints. In 2002, the restored “This Is Cinerama” was shown in 3-strip Cinerama, the first time it had been screened at the Cinerama Dome. The original 3-strip Cinerama version of “How The West Was Won” was shown in February 2003 and October 2005.

A new 14-screen luxury theater, ArcLight Hollywood, now adjoins the original Cinerama Dome and offers first-run commercial, art, revival, and other specialty films. A unique movie lover’s paradise.

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RogerA on August 20, 2019 at 5:35 pm

Tickets are selling fast all the good seats are going fast. It great they finally listened and are running it it the original three projector format.

bigjoe59 on August 21, 2019 at 2:30 pm


to Roger A.– if I understand your post the Dome will be screening HTWWW on actual film not digital which a number of the Cinerama screenings have been.

RogerA on August 21, 2019 at 2:36 pm

That’s what I’m led to believe. I have campaigned for the film version I know they have a print. And it’s listed as film

bigjoe59 on August 21, 2019 at 2:57 pm

Hello from NYC-

to Roger A.– thanks for your reply. a question. it is my understanding that when Arclight took over management of the Dome they renovated it so it could show the original 3-strip Cinerama films since it was built in 1963 to exhibit the 70MM Cinerama films. so why have some of the screenings of the original 7 3-striup films been digital and not on film?

RogerA on August 21, 2019 at 3:47 pm

They the powers that be are trying hard to push digital. Digital is the new new thing and it does keep getting better. It’s nice to see a film presentation especially if it’s good. Turner film festival ran a print of sound of music at the Legion theater on highland. This was a 70 mm print off the original negative on Kodak vision three stock. It was incredible.

RogerA on August 21, 2019 at 3:59 pm

The Dome was built to run 3 projector Cinerama or the Ultra Panavision version. The three projectors were never installed but the portholes and projector stations were installed. They could have installed the projectors and run three strip. The original screen was a Cinerama screen made up of hanging strips. There has been many modifications over the years.

Jsittig70mm on August 21, 2019 at 10:58 pm

I was in charge of projection at Pacific Theatre and ArcLight for 34 years. This years 7 film series will present 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY in 70mm and HOW THE WEST WAS WON in it’s original 3 strip Cinema process. The other films in the series are digital prints, all of which except LAWRENCE OF ARABIA, are rectified for the down angle and curve of the Cinema screen. Horizon lines will not dip in the middle. We made digital copies of the 5 Cinema travel adventures and WINDJAMMER for the cost of making a photochemical print of 1 title. With only 3 theatre in the world that can show 3 strip Cinerama, you can understand why we did what we did. We will also be adjusting the bottom masking before each show in order to fill the entire screen. Hope to see you all there. John Sittig

curmudgeon on August 22, 2019 at 8:36 am

Jsittig70mm I understand the Dome screen is a single sheet. As original 3 strip Cinerama utilised vertical strip screens to avoid shadowing, can the Dome seriously advertise true Cinerama presentation?

edlambert on August 22, 2019 at 1:46 pm

Curmudgeon, the original installations, it seems, included a deeply-curved screen, deeper than the curvature of the screen at the Dome. Perhaps the Dome’s screen curvature does not result in light from either extreme side washing out the image on the opposite side. It is also possible that many Cinerama installations for one reason or another, could not install a screen with the prescribed curvature. If so, the notion of a “true Cinerama presentation” might not be a meaningful description.
When “one projector” Cinerama was about to begin in Detroit, the louvered screen was replaced by a solid one. I watched them do the replacement.

RogerA on August 22, 2019 at 1:57 pm

Ask jsittig70mm he should know the history. The curve of the screen at the dome is extreme. In the past there were problems with light spill side to side.

It’s just an experience seeing a Cinerama print off the original negative. The difference between the Cinerama footage and the Ultra-Panavision scenes is something to look for.

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