Cinerama Dome and ArcLight Hollywood

6360 Sunset Boulevard,
Los Angeles, CA 90028

Unfavorite 127 people favorited this theater

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.

Recent comments (view all 1,311 comments)

RogerA on August 30, 2017 at 12:07 pm

Just let me know if they ever run 3 strip Cinerama again.

bigjoe59 on September 14, 2017 at 1:28 pm

Hello From NYC-

I was wondering has anyone seen DUNKIRK at the Dome then saw it at another theater? could you please describe the difference.

RussM on September 21, 2017 at 4:28 pm

I was a huge Cinerama fan from the days of my youth. I saw all the 3-strip films when they were originally released, starting with “This Is Cinerama” at the Broadway Theater in NYC in 1952. I attended the Cinerama Fest at the Dome in 2012. I thought it was fantastic. Dave Strohmaier did a fabulous job of restoring the films, but for me, the experience of Cinerama was about the process, not the content. John Sittig’s retirement probably put an end to 3-strip showings at the Dome, but I hold out hope that the Seattle Cinerama might do it again. I think that their set up is more like the original than the Dome’s.

silver on September 21, 2017 at 6:26 pm

Hi RussM, Just curious: in your comment you commented that the 3-strip setup in Seattle was more original than the Arclight Dome. Could you elaborate on that, please? How so?

Also, I didn’t realize 3-strip showings were likely at an end in Hollywood. If so, very sad.

One of my fondest memories was several years ago at a very sparsely attended afternoon 3-strip Arclight Dome screening (just 2 or 3 dozen people). The man in charge invited any interested folks after the film to go up to the project booth to visit it and see the equipment and film and get a mini-tour! Sigh…

RogerA on September 21, 2017 at 6:31 pm

The Dome can find people to run the 3 strip at the Dome it isn’t that hard. And it is about the process not the film. Well put RussM!

bigjoe59 on September 22, 2017 at 1:15 pm

Hello From NYC-

I am a bit perplexed by silver’s 9/21 comment. when the Archlight chain took over the Dome several years back and renovated the theater I thought it was for the expressed purpose of being able to show 3-Strip films. so after all the time and $$$ involved why would they stop showing 3-Strip films?

RogerA on September 22, 2017 at 3:10 pm

I would guess that because they don’t advertise the 3 strip very well the turn out is low. There is also the question of who would act as chief projectionist.

StanMalone on September 22, 2017 at 3:10 pm

silver: first I have not been to either the Dome or Seattle, but from comments I have read here I think that the Dome has a solid screen instead of a ribbon one. I do not know if it is the full 146 degree curve or 120 degree like I have also read here. And we all know, if it appears in a comment here then it must be right. Right?

A solid screen of sections of several feet each will not give you the precise focus along the entire width of the screen as a ribbon screen which consists of one inch wide strips. On the Seattle page of this site I have read that they have a ribbon screen in the 146 degree curve that the put in for three strip showings. They use a flat screen for regular 35MM (and I assume digital) since it is almost impossible to focus a regular movie, especially a scope one on a screen with that deep curve.

moviebuff82 on September 22, 2017 at 4:46 pm

star trek discovery had its world premiere here a few days ago before its broadcast debut this sunday on CBS and afterwards on CBS All Access.

You must login before making a comment.

New Comment

Subscribe Want to be emailed when a new comment is posted about this theater?
Just login to your account and subscribe to this theater