Cinerama Dome and ArcLight Cinemas

6360 Sunset Boulevard,
Los Angeles, CA 90028

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Cinerama Dome and ArcLight Cinemas

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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 Cinemas, 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 June 14, 2014 at 1:23 am

The screen at the Chinese was 120 feet but the curve made up for 20 feet of that so if you look at it dead on it was a little less than 100 feet wide the same size as the Imax screen is now. Only a small area of the screen at the Chinese was used. Width was limited to 65 feet for the 2:35 format 35mm film as the amount of light required to get 18 foot lamberts on a big screen will damage the film.

RobertAlex on June 14, 2014 at 8:07 am

Roger, I agree with you 100% which is why I was so disappointed. The problem is not the screen but rather what arclight has done to diminish the affects of the curve. The issue is the masking on the bottom corners of the screen.

KramSacul on August 9, 2014 at 12:46 am

It’s been discussed here before. The real issue isn’t the curved screen or whatever masking they’re trying now. It’s the angle of the projection which makes movies with lots of horizon shots and horizontal lines look ridiculous. I remember seeing LoA in the Dome a few years ago and every epic shot of the desert looked like it was filmed through a fish bowl. Same thing with each of the Lord of the Rings movies.

Maybe for some the grandness of the screen compensates for the distortion but for me it’s annoying. I like a big curved screen (Grauman’s pre-2002 screen was great) but not when it makes everything look like it’s going to fall over.

Coate on August 15, 2014 at 10:47 pm

Thirty-five years ago today, the Cinerama Dome was among three North American theaters to open Francis Ford Coppola’s “Apocalypse Now” in a reserved-performance, guaranteed-seat exclusive engagement. A 35th anniversary retrospective article was posted today at The Digital Bits.

RogerA on August 17, 2014 at 2:03 am

I went to the Ziegfield in New York to see the Apocalypse original release and the presentation was excellent.

bigjoe59 on August 18, 2014 at 8:17 pm

Hello From NYC-

I refer to the Oct. 1955 opening of Oklahoma to the Dec. 1972 opening of Man of La Mancha as the prime roadshow period. so from its opening Nov. 1963 to when the roadshow policy was discontinued the Dome hosted many a reserved seat engagement. to which my question- can anyone remember a roadshow engagement at the Dome that did not have a souvenir program?

Flix70 on September 3, 2014 at 5:15 pm

Anybody catch Ghostbusters in the Dome over the weekend?

RogerA on September 4, 2014 at 2:44 pm

Maybe there were exceptions but souvenir programs were a part of being a road show. Even road shows with general seating had the program.

Flix70 on October 1, 2014 at 5:02 pm

Christopher Nolan’s “Interstellar” will screen in 70mm at the Dome starting Tue., Nov. 4. Tickets on sale now.

RogerA on October 1, 2014 at 5:11 pm

and in IMAX 70mm at the Chinese. I’ll have to see it at the Chinese. I won’t go to the Dome until they settle their dispute with the projectionist. I have been waiting to see an IMAX movie at the Chinese since the redo.

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