Cinerama Dome and ArcLight Cinemas

6360 Sunset Boulevard,
Hollywood,
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
RogerA on November 17, 2014 at 12:23 pm

It was the Dome that made it look so good but I saw it at the Chinese in IMAX. I couldn’t sit through it again even at the Dome.

silver
silver on November 17, 2014 at 1:26 pm

Now I definitely want to see Interstellar in the Dome while it’s still playing there (for just 3 more days).

Is there any consensus on the best seat location for the best balance of visual and sound? (apart from staying away from inquisitive 5-year-olds ;)

Is it perhaps the first couple of rows in the back raised section? Or perhaps closer up somewhere in the middle of the main floor?

moviebuff82
moviebuff82 on November 17, 2014 at 2:57 pm

I never been to this theater but I suggest sitting in the middle of the seats with the surround sound enveloping you and for the best picture quality.

RobertAlex
RobertAlex on November 17, 2014 at 4:40 pm

I would highly recommend seeing it here if you can. The screen is really awesome when the masking isn’t all jacked up like it is during the digital presentations. They still do not use the full 86 feet of the screen, but its still massive. I sat upstairs for this one, first row on the side as that was all that was left. I normally like to sit downstairs, center aisle seat in the last 4 or 5 rows, but I am tall and if someone is in front of me it doesn’t really bug me so much. If you sit upstairs, the first row center is best as then you wont have anyone in front of you. I like the sound equally from both areas.

RogerA
RogerA on December 24, 2014 at 8:49 am

I Was going to see Inherent Vice in 70mm but I heard the blowup was grainy and the sound was bad.

Danny Baldwin
Danny Baldwin on December 24, 2014 at 2:20 pm

I thought the presentation was great. I saw it on both DCP and 70mm. The movie is naturally very, very grainy. The movie is also Flat, so it doesn’t have as many of the funky illumination at the sides of the frame you get with full 2.20 in there.

Chris Utley
Chris Utley on December 25, 2014 at 3:05 pm

The grain in Inherent Vice was intentional to match the 1970 setting of the film. Sound wasn’t bad to me.

RogerA
RogerA on December 25, 2014 at 3:13 pm

Oh so the filmmaker wanted to make it look and sound like a low budget cheaply made film.

RogerA
RogerA on December 25, 2014 at 4:48 pm

This director should do a good 70mm blow up of There Will Be Blood and run that at the Dome. That would sell some tickets.

RobertAlex
RobertAlex on December 27, 2014 at 5:56 pm

Been here a few times since Interstellar and have been impressed each time. Inherent Vice in 70mm did look a bit grainy but it went with the mood of the story. I was not really sure what the story was fully about but it was a nice touch to see a movie that evoked the 70’s and the presentation did as well.

I can say that the masking issue seems to be fixed!! Both Mockingjay and American Sniper ( both in digital) used the full scope screen and the bottom masking was normal and reached to the bottom of both corners of the screen ! No more distorted image on that great screen. Was also nice to see maybe 50 empty seats today for the 1245 show. I am cautiously optimistic that they figured it out. American Sniper looked great and hopefully they will keep this masking configuration in place for future shows.

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