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 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 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.

Recent comments (view all 1,452 comments)

edlambert on August 22, 2019 at 8:46 pm

Curmudgeon, the original installations, it seems, included a deeply-curved screen, deeper than the curvature of the screen at the Dome. Perhaps the Dome’s screen curvature does not result in light from either extreme side washing out the image on the opposite side. It is also possible that many Cinerama installations for one reason or another, could not install a screen with the prescribed curvature. If so, the notion of a “true Cinerama presentation” might not be a meaningful description.
When “one projector” Cinerama was about to begin in Detroit, the louvered screen was replaced by a solid one. I watched them do the replacement.

RogerA on August 22, 2019 at 8:57 pm

Ask jsittig70mm he should know the history. The curve of the screen at the dome is extreme. In the past there were problems with light spill side to side.

It’s just an experience seeing a Cinerama print off the original negative. The difference between the Cinerama footage and the Ultra-Panavision scenes is something to look for.

ridethectrain on August 29, 2019 at 4:22 am

Please update the Arclight Hollywood 14 opened on March 22, 2002, Thursday, July 27, 2000 the Cinerama Dome show The Patriot in SDDS 8 channels, then July 28 thru July 30, the dome had a festival prior to the expansion with Arclight, reopened on March 22, 2002. I’m posting the last weekend prior to renovation in the photos section.

RogerA on September 25, 2019 at 5:42 pm

How the West Was Won in three projector Cinerama nearly sold out could it be the combination advertising and running the original film version? The digital shows of Cinerama films don’t sell nearly as well same publicity. 2001 the film version 70mm nearly sold out.

bigjoe59 on October 27, 2019 at 9:16 pm

Hello from NYC-

how was the recent screening of HTWWW in original 3-Strip Cinerama?

RogerA on October 27, 2019 at 9:54 pm

It was packed almost sold out.

bigjoe59 on October 27, 2019 at 10:15 pm


it was nice it was almost out. what I meant to ask was how was the viewing experience of seeing it in original 3-Strip Cinerama on film and not a digital print.

RogerA on October 27, 2019 at 11:57 pm

The film print looks great especially if you sit in the Cinerama zone I didn’t get to go see this showing a lot of my friends did. I saw a previous showing of the film version and knew there a lot of people out there who wanted to see it.

DavidZornig on November 15, 2019 at 8:53 pm

Link with a Fall 1981 photo credit Brad Adams.

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