Cinerama Hollywood

6360 Sunset Boulevard,
Los Angeles, CA 90028

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Previously operated by: ArcLight Cinemas, Pacific Theatres

Firms: Welton Becket & Associates

Previous Names: Cinerama Dome and ArcLight Hollywood

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Barry Lyndon opens at the Cinerama Dome, 1975

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 occasional 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 theatre 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 theatres 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 theatre, ArcLight Hollywood Dome was opened on March 22, 2002. It adjoins the original Cinerama Dome and offered first-run commercial, art, revival, and other specialty films. A unique movie lover’s paradise.

The Cinerama Dome and ArcLight Hollywood was closed on March 17, 2020 due to the Covid-19 pandemic. It was announced on April 13, 2021 that the closure would be permanent in all ArcLight/Pacific Theatres. On June 30, 2022 it was announced that the Cinerama Dome and the 14 former ArcLight cinemas would be reopening (date not given) as the renamed Cinerama Hollywood. It will also feature two licenced restaurants.

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RobertAlex on December 17, 2021 at 4:13 pm

Iconic Cinerama Dome and multiplex to reopen!!

BY KENAN DRAUGHORNE, RYAN FAUGHNDER DEC. 17, 2021 3:30 PM PT The Cinerama Dome and the attached theater complex formerly known as ArcLight Hollywood plans to reopen, two people familiar with the matter told The Times on Friday.

There was no timetable for a potential reopening date, although one source who was not authorized to comment publicly said it could be as early as next year.

The owner of the iconic venue, Decurion Corp., could not be reached for comment.

A public notice of application to sell alcoholic beverages was placed outside the dome Thursday, under the name DT Operator LLC. DT Operator is a holding company for Decurion Corporation.

Records from the California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control show multiple permit applications were placed on Nov. 22, including permits for catering, a portable bar, events and a “general eating place.” All permits were still pending as of Friday.

The dome has been closed since the start of the pandemic. On April 12 of this year, Pacific Theatres announced it would not reopen the historic venue, or its other theaters, due to financial pressures caused by the pandemic.

“After shutting our doors more than a year ago, today we must share the difficult and sad news that Pacific will not be reopening its ArcLight Cinemas and Pacific Theatres locations,” Pacific Theatres said in a statement. “This was not the outcome anyone wanted, but despite a huge effort that exhausted all potential options, the company does not have a viable way forward.”

Calls to save the Hollywood ArcLight were loud and long. AMC Entertainment previously said it was interested in buying cinema locations formerly operated by ArcLight Cinemas and Pacific Theatres. A spokesperson for the chain said Friday that AMC was not involved with the reopening.

The Cinerama Dome first opened in 1963. The venue survived a demolition scare in 1998, when a proposal by Pacific Theatres would have stripped the dome and replaced it with restaurants and a movie multiplex. However, fierce public opposition overpowered the effort and Pacific Theatres agreed to keep the location intact.

“There’s a reason every movie lover in L.A. is in mourning,” filmmaker Rian Johnson told The Times in April.

“If you lived in this town and loved movies, you’ve had life changing experiences in that complex,” Johnson said via email. “But more than that, it’s easy to forget how the ArcLight completely transformed the moviegoing experience: assigned seating, plush comfy chairs, no late entry to screenings, these were all considered wild and crazy ideas when they first opened. The ArcLight loved and respected movies, and you felt that from every person who worked there. This is a huge, huge loss.”

CF100 on January 3, 2022 at 10:54 am

The Cinerama Dome Isn’t Planning To Re-Open Imminently; Here’s What’s Really Going On.

According to the linked article, re-opening date is unknown. Refurbishment at planning stage.

m00se1111 on June 30, 2022 at 3:46 pm

Save Arclight Cinema’s Twitter accounts posted the following, today June 30, 2022.

“Breaking: @ArcLightCinemas Hollywood to reopen! It will now be known as Cinerama Hollywood! Also two new restaurants!!!”

Variety source-

RogerA on September 9, 2022 at 4:07 pm

To CP200 Love the handle nothing to date can replace the CP200 even the so called “experts” from Dolby with their QSYS and Crestron. Film presentations are getting harder and harder to do. Just ran some pristine 70mm mag just testing but the sound was a problem. Yea the dialog was there but it sill wasn’t right. Can’t replace the CP 200 and it works great with Special Venue DTS.

m00se1111 on September 10, 2022 at 1:48 am

there was film being run and tested at Cinerama Dome? That’s great news, might be closer to re-opening…

RogerA on September 10, 2022 at 6:20 am

Testing was not at the Dome. No news yet about when they are scheduled to reopen.

Flix70 on November 20, 2022 at 9:54 am

Steven Spielberg’s Oscar-winning 1977 classic “Close Encounters of the Third Kind" opened at the Cinerama Dome 45 years ago this weekend (November 18, 1977).

Starring Richard Dreyfuss, Melinda Dillion & Francois Truffaut, the film opened on just two screens that first week (along with the Ziegfeld in NYC), grossing over $1 million the next month, before expanding to 270 screens nationwide on Dec. 14 & 16th and adding another 301 screens on Dec. 21.

m00se1111 on November 20, 2022 at 4:23 pm

$1,000,000 in 1977 is equivalent in purchasing power to about $4,917,689.77 today, an increase of $3,917,689.77 over 45 years. The dollar had an average inflation rate of 3.60% per year between 1977 and today, producing a cumulative price increase of 391.77%.

Flix70 on January 29, 2023 at 8:23 am

Michael Wadleigh’s Oscar-winning 1970 documentary “Woodstock” returned to the Dome for a one-week stint 40 years ago this weekend (January 28, 1983).

DavidZornig on May 5, 2023 at 11:05 am

Cinerama Dome Re-Opening Pushed To 2024, per Deadline link below.

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