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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Coate on June 11, 2017 at 3:16 pm

Steven Spielberg’s “E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial,” the movie industry’s box office champ for over a decade, opened 35 years ago today. In Los Angeles, it opened here at the Cinerama Dome where it played for five weeks as an L.A. County exclusive before expanding city- and county-wide. (It opened in Orange County day and date with the Dome, but all Dome first-run bookings at the time were L.A. exclusives.) And since the Dome played one of the coveted 70m prints made for the release, passing on the link to this “E.T.” tech history article seems appropriate.

RobertAlex on June 12, 2017 at 12:53 pm

grumpy old man rant Arclight is driving me nuts. It is great to see new releases in 70 mm this year. However, I just got over them not presenting those 70mm films in the DOME, but instead the huge auditorium #3 instead. I was ok with that when I saw BVS.

I went to see Wonder Woman in 70mm last weekend, (opening weekend), and the 70mm shows are now in auditorium 6! I mean, I understand not using the DOME since they have a crappy laser projector in there now. However, to move the 70 mm machines into the medium size houses is the last straw. The showing was sold out. Why do they not care about film?

On another note about how Arclight has gone to crap, They still have not fixed the DOME image, adjusting for the curve by messing with the masking at the bottom corners of the screen. Whenever you see a movie there it looks like the screen is smiling at you, not to mention they are only using 65 feet of the 86 feet screen. What a mess.

RogerA on June 15, 2017 at 11:23 pm

I went to see it (70mm Wonder Woman) in theater six got a great seat its like a screening room. It would be nice they ran it in the Dome for a couple of shows. I am okay with 70mm in the smaller theater I just sit closer to the screen

RobertAlex on July 7, 2017 at 3:38 pm

Well, I never thought we would have this chance again. Dunkirk is playing in the DOME in 70mm! The last time that happened i think it was for Interstellar.

Of course, I just got my tickets to see it at Universal IMAX . Guess I will be seeing this one twice….70mm in the DOME, using the full 86' screen would be awesome!

RogerA on July 7, 2017 at 3:42 pm

You better hurry and get you tickets it will only be at the Dome for four days.

RogerA on July 7, 2017 at 3:51 pm

If it does well it may be there longer

silver on July 7, 2017 at 7:31 pm

re Dunkirk in the Dome: will the 70mm version actually be using the full screen?

Nolan shot 75% of Dunkirk using IMAX (including handheld cameras for the 1st time). So if IMAX film (1.43) is his preferred aspect ratio here, I wonder what the 70mm formats aspect ratios will be and how much of the picture will Nolan crop?

Per Wikipedia there are 3 release formats: IMAX, 70mm & 35mm.

RogerA on July 7, 2017 at 10:51 pm

Well the IMAX negative has lots of area so a reduction print should look good. The 70mm print will have to be cropped from IMAX negative.

moviebuff82 on July 8, 2017 at 6:41 am

also Imax digital will show it in 1.9 for the imax scenes and 2.20 for the non imax shots. digital will be 2.20 with proper masking for the entire movie.

RogerA on July 9, 2017 at 2:25 pm

Does anyone know if there is gonna be film IMAX copies. I know Universal and the Chinese are digital but both still have the film projectors. I don’t care I’m just gonna see the 70 five perf at the Dome.

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