Cinerama Dome and ArcLight Hollywood

6360 Sunset Boulevard,
Los Angeles, CA 90028

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Barry Lyndon opens at the Cinerama Dome, 1975

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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 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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vindanpar on November 13, 2016 at 5:55 pm

I thought that Lawrence was cut by Lean shortly after its original roadshow run had begun.

I believe there is some anecdote about Selznik saying to Lean They’re saying it’s too long but do not cut it.

patryan6019 on November 13, 2016 at 6:58 pm

bigjoe59 and vindanpar…They all had programs and Lawrence was cut by 20 mins after opening in 6 cities.

bigjoe59 on November 14, 2016 at 3:42 pm


to patryan6019 i thank for your replies to my posts. in fact your reply prompts another question. i live in NYC and after a film’s roadshow run it moved to another first run theater and was made shorter by simply cutting out the overture, intermission and exit music. it was at the point a film moved to neighborhood theaters around NYC that they actually tweaked the film. which is where my question comes in. if a film opened on a 2 performance a day roadshow run what was the rationale behind cutting it so early. it was still going to be shown only twice a day.

patryan6019 on November 15, 2016 at 3:03 am

bigjoe59…The rationale beyond the director observing audience reaction (which couldn’t really be done until it was actually in the theatre) was the evening showing(especially during the work week) pushing closer and closer to midnight and even beyond.

Flix70 on December 5, 2016 at 11:21 am

Arclight Cinemas presents Cinerama Extravaganza at the Cinerama Dome in Hollywood December 6 and December 7 at 7:30 p.m. Experience the U.S. premieres of the newly restored editions of CINERAMA’S RUSSIAN ADVENTURE (1966) and THE BEST OF CINERAMA (1963) at the historic Cinerama Dome.

CINERAMA’S RUSSIAN ADVENTURE screens Tue., Dec 6, with THE BEST OF CINERAMA screening Wed., Dec. 7.

bigjoe59 on December 5, 2016 at 2:32 pm

Hello From NYC-

i was reading about early sound film and the book stated the 1st feature length sound western was In Old Arizona starring Warner Baxter. it said the film opened at the Criterion Theater. i can find no theater on the L.A. page that was called the Criterion.

RogerA on December 5, 2016 at 3:56 pm

Cinerama Extravaganza what a laugh both of those showings are digital not Cinerama; unless they are using three digital projectors.

stevenj on December 5, 2016 at 6:37 pm

Hi bigjoe59 – Perhaps this is it? Listed as Fox Criterion:

Fox Criterion

Flix70 on December 6, 2016 at 10:16 am

Instead of dissing the projection method, let’s be happy Cinerama is still being exhibited at all, in any format. Technology changes, we adapt and move on.

RogerA on December 6, 2016 at 12:02 pm

Well adapt to the fact that film is the new vinyl!

I am a IMDB listed Director of photography so I do know a little about this.

For ten years Cinerama ran films that were just well done home movies. Boring. The three camera movies are only worth watching in the three projector format. The Seattle Cinerama does it. Some people just don’t get it film, when done right, looks better than digital! The resolution of film is much higher than digital. As for presentation; Star Wars at the Chinese in 70mm on Norelcos with 13.6 carbon arcs was brighter and sharper than the laser projection they have now. Three projector Cinerama was super sharp and super bright. I saw a a three projector presentation of How the West Was Won at the Dome. I sat in the Cinerama Zone. I was impressed. Yea there were the lines but it was clear and bright. It was also interesting to see the resolution drop when 65mm ultra-panavision footage was used. It was the first time I noticed grain. But the three camera footage show on three projectors is stunning.

The Dome management has a history of just not quite getting the point. Years ago they did a 25 year re-premier of It’s a Mad Mad Mad Mad World. The only print they could find was a 35mm anamorphic with optical sound that belonged to an archive and a pan and scan print used for television broadcast. They ran the archive print for the re-premier and the pan and scan print for a week. There were so many complaints and pissed off people the manager locked himself in the office and gave orders to refund anyone who complained. If the cheap bastards had just had the lab make a new print they could have run that for weeks with no complaints. Even now a 70mm print of Mad World continues to run in theaters.

I was even asked by someone while at the re-premier if these old negatives were even worth saving. Some people just don’t get it. Like that young executive that trashed years of old video instead of saving it.

If I am going to sit in a theater with old style seats it has to something special. I would have paid a few bucks to see that short film that was shot in three strip Cinerama. I can watch video at home or in a small theater with lounge chairs and drink service. Why haven’t they run a good Ultra Panavision print of The Hateful Eight at the Dome? Are they afraid it will look better than the video? Or have they just given up on film?

The people who run the Aero get it.

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