Cinerama Dome and ArcLight Hollywood

6360 Sunset Boulevard,
Los Angeles, CA 90028

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Barry Lyndon opens at the Cinerama Dome, 1975

Viewing: Photo | Street View

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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bigjoe59
bigjoe59 on September 24, 2017 at 12:52 pm

Hello From NYC-

with every new post on the subject I get more confused. I have always been under the impression that the Dome was built specifically for 70MM single lens version. also how could a 3-Strip print of IAMMMMW exist if it was shot in Ultra Panavision 70 not the 3-Strip process?

RogerA
RogerA on September 24, 2017 at 1:01 pm

Some scenes from How the West Was Won were shot in 70mm Ultra Panavision They were able to convert 70mm to three strip. The Dome was built to handle both 3 strip and single 70mm 5 perf. Even after 10 years of three strip films some theaters were not ready to change to the single strip version,

RogerA
RogerA on September 25, 2017 at 6:07 pm

How the West Was Won (1962) – Ultra Panavision 70 (some action scenes and shots requiring rear projection, optically converted to 3 strip Cinerama through special printer. The bulk was shot in 3 strip Cinerama.)

Flix70
Flix70 on September 27, 2017 at 11:17 am

In anticipation of “Blade Runner 2049” opening @ the Dome Thu., Oct. 5, Ridley Scott’s “Blade Runner: The Final Cut” will get a one-shot Dome screening Wed., Oct 4 @ 7PM. Tickets going fast.

moviebuff82
moviebuff82 on September 27, 2017 at 11:19 am

It’s also playing at AMC in Rockaway too.

MSC77
MSC77 on November 18, 2017 at 12:01 am

Forty years ago today, Spielberg’s “Close Encounters of the Third Kind” opened here. And for those with an interest in this sort of stuff, here’s the link to a new retrospective article which includes a photo from and a mention of the Dome’s run (plus a mention of hundreds of other cinemas in which it played).

RogerA
RogerA on November 20, 2017 at 12:28 pm

Close Encounters looked and sounded good in 70mm mag. Imagine that no CGI no digital just old school special effects and film.

moviebuff82
moviebuff82 on November 20, 2017 at 1:59 pm

I was watching a doc on et and this theater was shown for the world premiere of e.t. must be a favorite of Spielberg

Ftopel
Ftopel on November 20, 2017 at 10:31 pm

Got some pics of theater 6 when I went to see Murder on the Orient Express in 70mm. You can see the 70mm film threaded up in the projection window.

RogerA
RogerA on November 21, 2017 at 6:31 am

And it is good they run both versions the film and the DCP and even 3D in some cases. I saw Dunkirk in the Dome in 70mm it looked spectacular. We are so lucky to have the Arclight as there are only two cities in the country that have a 70mm print of Orient Express.

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