Cinerama Dome and ArcLight Cinemas

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 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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Cliffs on November 20, 2015 at 7:01 pm

And the Village is showing Star Wars, so… same problem. Honestly, the Weinsteins should just move up H8 2 weeks to get out ahead of Star Wars. But instead it’s the perfect storm of the theaters most capable of playing H8 also being the ones most capable of playing Star Wars the best. The fact that the Weinsteins STILL haven’t released the theater list of 70mm engagements is telling in how hard it’s been locking down theaters less than a week after Episode VII.

It’s probably too late now, but I wonder what would have to be done to the Pacific 1-2-3 (Warner) on Hollywood Blvd to make it a temporary roadshow house for 4-6 weeks. I’m sure it’d be extremely pricey, but it’d be worth it.

RogerA on November 20, 2015 at 7:32 pm

Yes the Warner would work in theory but they would never get the permits in time. They might as well just use the Shrine it has full concessions and can serve alcohol. It is a real theater. It would cost less to set up the Shrine and run it there then it would to refurbish the Warner. Besides The Shrine is huge they could hang a 90 or 100 foot screen in front of the proscenium or have a huge curved screen on stage. They are rigged to do that.

The Microsoft and the Dolby get outfitted for premiers and short movie runs on a regular basis. A screen and sound system is brought in installed and projectors are brought in just for a one off show. A new Dolby system was just installed in the Dolby just to run movies. Of course the stage at those venues is not as large as the Shrine but still better than any AMC theater.

I would put a huge screen in the Shrine drop in a couple of AAII Todd-AO projectors and run it there. That would be a road show presentation. It is right next to USC and close to the Metro and a grand old theater.

RogerA on November 20, 2015 at 7:39 pm

The Shrine is the largest theater in this country! It is bigger than Radio City!

RogerA on November 20, 2015 at 8:51 pm

but the Shrine is not available as it has a band booked new years eve

Flix70 on November 23, 2015 at 7:15 am

I see they already had a 70mm projector break at an advance screening in NY last Thursday (Village East Cinema). Weinstein Co. claims it was the theater owner’s projector, not one of the 100 they restored. Took ‘em an hour to fix it. Kind of odd to hold an advance screening and NOT USE one of the projectors you just had restored.

HowardBHaas on November 23, 2015 at 8:11 am

NYC’s Village East showed Interstellar in 70mm, so since they have their own 70mm projectors, there would be no reason to install projectors meant for theaters that don’t have them.

RogerA on November 23, 2015 at 8:51 am

I spoke to management at The Arclight and nothing is locked down and they are still in negotiations regarding The Hateful Eight.

Flix70 on November 23, 2015 at 9:32 am

My point, HowardBHaas, was that they maybe should have picked another theater to hold the advance screening, a venue where they could have used one of their restored projectors, avoid embarrassing pre-release issues like they had at the Village East.

RogerA on November 23, 2015 at 12:42 pm

The Hateful Eight is going into the Somerville Theatre in Somerville Massachusetts in 70mm they have two AAII’s there will be no problems there. The projectors are pristine refurbished by Boston Light and Sound

RogerA on November 24, 2015 at 11:47 am

The Hateful Eight is going to play three theaters in The Boston area. Reel to Reel on AAII’s at The Somerville Theater in Somerville The AMC Downtown and the Coolage.

The Somerville theater will no doubt be the best show. Being shown reel to reel will be a much better presentation as there will be a well trained projectionist always checking picture and sound. Not some usher who has never even seen film before threads the platter pushes start and walks away.

The Arclight has a projectionst but they run off a platter so lets hope they keep that puppy in focus.

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