Cinerama Dome and ArcLight Hollywood

6360 Sunset Boulevard,
Los Angeles, CA 90028

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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 offers first-run commercial, art, revival, and other specialty films. A unique movie lover’s paradise.

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DavidZornig on February 8, 2020 at 5:52 pm

1965 photo added, with link to Los Angeles Theatres Blogspot that will not post here because CT reads it as spam.

Lionel on July 14, 2020 at 9:17 am

There were messages posted by edlambert in 2018 about the aspect ratio. Recently I was watching a program about digital restoration of Cinerama and Cinemiracle films. They showed original 35mm 3-strip negatives where the top and bottom of the picture was actually slightly curved (because of camera lenses and aperture) and had to be cut out during projection. Also, as we all know, the intersection of panels with each other caused an additional loss due to the superimposition, then finally the far left and right edges of the projected image were often slightly cut out using screen masking correction to ensure a perfectly rectangular image for the viewers despite the curvature. Practically, the projected aspect ratio of 3-strip usually varied from 2.55 to 2.60 in most theaters.

ridethectrain on September 21, 2020 at 6:39 am

Please update, total seats 4048

hdtv267 on November 7, 2020 at 7:54 pm

57 years ago today, The Cinerama Dome hosted the world premiere of “It’s a Mad Mad Mad Mad World”.

Fun Fact, as told to Phil Silvers' daughter Cathy, IAMMMMW is the favorite movie of President-Elect Joe Biden.

bigjoe59 on November 7, 2020 at 8:59 pm


this question has probably already been asked but I would appreciate if some one provided the answer again. how long ‘ did the original 3hr. 12min. cut play during the roadshow engagement?

vindanpar on November 7, 2020 at 9:48 pm

Is there a comprehensive history of the film, its cuts, lengths, what cannot be found and opinions as to the quality in terms of the different versions? Even when I first saw it when it was brought back in the 70s it had its longueurs.

bigjoe59 on November 7, 2020 at 10:44 pm


it is my understanding that IAMMMMW was tweaked when it was still in its roadshow at the Warner in Manhattan. when they made the circuit of neighborhood theaters around NYC after they finished their original roadshow runs films would be tweaked or not depending on how they were. but I never understood the point to tweaking a film when it was still in its roadshow run.

vindanpar on November 8, 2020 at 1:46 am

So Mad World, 2001, Lawrence. Any others?

bigjoe59 on November 8, 2020 at 8:25 pm


if a film was tweaked during its roadshow run in Manhattan I assume it happened in L.A. as well. now I knew 2001 and IAMMMMW were tweaked while still in their roadshow runs in Manhattan at respectively the Loews Capitol and the Warner but I wasn’t Lawrence of Arabia was tweaked while still in its roadshow run at the Criterion. I assumed it was tweaked before it played the neighborhood theater circuit.

vindanpar on November 10, 2020 at 6:52 pm

It was very famously so shortly after its Criterion American premiere. David Selznick tried to talk Lean out of it. I don’t know why Lean did it. Maybe the grosses were less than he had hoped?

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