Cinerama Dome and ArcLight Hollywood

6360 Sunset Boulevard,
Los Angeles, CA 90028

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Barry Lyndon opens at the Cinerama Dome, 1975

Viewing: Photo | Street View

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 September 22, 2017 at 1:15 pm

Hello From NYC-

I am a bit perplexed by silver’s 9/21 comment. when the Archlight chain took over the Dome several years back and renovated the theater I thought it was for the expressed purpose of being able to show 3-Strip films. so after all the time and $$$ involved why would they stop showing 3-Strip films?

RogerA on September 22, 2017 at 3:10 pm

I would guess that because they don’t advertise the 3 strip very well the turn out is low. There is also the question of who would act as chief projectionist.

moviebuff82 on September 22, 2017 at 4:46 pm

star trek discovery had its world premiere here a few days ago before its broadcast debut this sunday on CBS and afterwards on CBS All Access.

RussM on September 23, 2017 at 12:12 pm

Re: Silver, “Hi RussM, Just curious: in your comment you commented that the 3-strip setup in Seattle was more original than the Arclight Dome. Could you elaborate on that, please? How so?”

The original Cinerama process provided a 146 degree field of view, and the screens were designed to duplicate that experience for the viewer. It is my understanding that the Dome was built when the Super Cinerama single lens 70 mm process was introduced, and the field of view was somewhere around 120 degrees. I thought that the presentations during the Cinerama Fest were excellent, but did not quite have the full impact of the original. Seattle has the screen to do it, if they want to. On another subject, I read that a new, much improved version of Windjammer will be made avilable on Blu-ray next Spring.

RogerA on September 23, 2017 at 12:34 pm

The Cinerama Dome was built to be able to show 3 strip in case the 70mm version of Cinerama failed. I was told there were even 3 strip prints of It’s a Mad Mad Mad Mad World. When the theater opened with the Ultra Panavision print of Mad world there was a much larger louvered screen; a standard Cinerama screen. A single piece screen was installed at some point and there has been replacements screens installed over the years. True the Seattle Cinerama has two screens a regular screen and the Cinerama louvered screen. Most movies are run on the smaller flat screen.

Still the 3 strip presentation at the Dome looked pretty good. If I had the time and the money I would take a trip to Seattle for a few big screen presentations.

bigjoe59 on September 24, 2017 at 12:52 pm

Hello From NYC-

with every new post on the subject I get more confused. I have always been under the impression that the Dome was built specifically for 70MM single lens version. also how could a 3-Strip print of IAMMMMW exist if it was shot in Ultra Panavision 70 not the 3-Strip process?

RogerA on September 24, 2017 at 1:01 pm

Some scenes from How the West Was Won were shot in 70mm Ultra Panavision They were able to convert 70mm to three strip. The Dome was built to handle both 3 strip and single 70mm 5 perf. Even after 10 years of three strip films some theaters were not ready to change to the single strip version,

RogerA on September 25, 2017 at 6:07 pm

How the West Was Won (1962) – Ultra Panavision 70 (some action scenes and shots requiring rear projection, optically converted to 3 strip Cinerama through special printer. The bulk was shot in 3 strip Cinerama.)

Flix70 on September 27, 2017 at 11:17 am

In anticipation of “Blade Runner 2049” opening @ the Dome Thu., Oct. 5, Ridley Scott’s “Blade Runner: The Final Cut” will get a one-shot Dome screening Wed., Oct 4 @ 7PM. Tickets going fast.

moviebuff82 on September 27, 2017 at 11:19 am

It’s also playing at AMC in Rockaway too.

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