Cinerama Dome and ArcLight Hollywood

6360 Sunset Boulevard,
Los Angeles, CA 90028

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Cinerama Dome and ArcLight Hollywood

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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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bigjoe59 on May 3, 2018 at 4:58 pm


thank you to RogerA for replying. I know the Cinerama Dome is on Sunset and Vine I have visited it many times in my trips to L.A.. what I asked was if the photo on top this page is not the Cinerama Dome in Hollywood why is the photo there?

RogerA on May 3, 2018 at 5:14 pm

Great question, the site administrator or who ever put it knows the answer to that one.

Bill Huelbig
Bill Huelbig on May 3, 2018 at 5:35 pm

I’ve only been to one of the other Arclights besides the Cinerama Dome, but that photo does look like the theater I attended. I believe there are several different sized auditoriums. This must be the biggest one. It’s valid that the picture is there because the page is for Cinerama Dome AND Arclight, but I do miss the photo of Barry Lyndon playing at the Dome.

Bill Huelbig
Bill Huelbig on May 3, 2018 at 6:06 pm

The photo that has the highest number of views is the one that gets displayed at the top of the page. I found the Barry Lyndon one and gave it a few more views, but I guess it wasn’t enough.

RogerA on May 4, 2018 at 3:30 pm

This page is about the Arclight in Hollywood not all the Arclights.

The photo that was and is no longer is not the Dome. It is not an Arclight in Los Angeles. The front two rows of seating were on a different curve than the rest of the seats, that makes it very distinct; along with the large size of the auditorium.

Bill Huelbig
Bill Huelbig on May 4, 2018 at 7:19 pm

My ploy worked. The Barry Lyndon Dome photo is once again on display.

Roger: I was talking about the Hollywood location. I was in one of the other 14 auditoriums outside the Dome. Sorry I didn’t make that clear.

bigjoe59 on May 6, 2018 at 3:33 pm


while I’m looking forward to Nolan’s supervised frame by frame re-mastering of 2001 for the 50th Anniversary since they’re releasing it in theaters shouldn’t it play in theaters with really big screens? in NYC its playing the main auditorium of the Village East which isn’t an especially large screen.

edlambert on May 6, 2018 at 7:19 pm

2001 played in Detroit at a second theater converted to Cinerama—deeply curved screen and stereo. During intermission I had the chance to walk back to the projection booth that was installed for “straight on” projection. What caught my eye was the “Smilebox” masking on the projector portal glass, needed because of expanding bleed from edge to center caused by the screen curvature. Not good.

Have lenses now been developed that eliminate a need for masking of this sort?

silver on May 18, 2018 at 6:17 pm

Heads up for the new 2001: A Space Odyssey 70mm print, now playing for a week at Arclight Hollywood. Looking at the website, there are just two screenings in the Dome, both of which are nearly soldout (and only poor seat locations are left). But they’re also screening it in three of the other auditoriums (judging from the show starting times.)

So Arclight has set up four (at least) 70mm projectors for this 2001 event this week.

From their promo: “Celebrating the 50th anniversary of the seminal film, Warner Bros. Pictures is releasing an "unrestored” 70mm print of Kubrick’s groundbreaking science fiction epic in select theatres. A true photochemical film recreation, this print was struck from new printing elements made from the original camera negative. There are no digital tricks, remastered effects, or revisionist edits. This is the unrestored film – that recreates the cinematic event that audiences experienced fifty years ago."

RogerA on May 19, 2018 at 1:01 am

The two scheduled shows of 2001 in the Dome sold out pretty fast. Why they didn’t schedule more shows in the Dome is the real question. There is one 35/70 projector with a platter in the Dome. There are other theaters at the Arclight equipped to run film.

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