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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RogerA on March 16, 2018 at 3:55 pm

When are they going to run something in Cinerama with the three film projectors? I don’t go to the movies to watch video.

RussM on March 17, 2018 at 8:48 am

Roger – I wish they would show 3 strip again at the Dome, but I think that they are more likely to show the new second digital restorations of TIC and Windjammer that are being released on Bluray by Flicker Alley on May 8. Seems like the only place left to see authentic Cinerama these days is in Bradford, England, and their 3 strip showings are much less frequent than they used to be.

RogerA on March 17, 2018 at 9:39 am

We are talking about some of the most boring movies ever made the only reason to go see them is in the original format! Maybe try three 8K digital projectors if you want digital. The first time I saw a film in Cinerama was a 70mm version of This is Cinerama. I was not impressed. Within the last few years I went to a showing of HtWWW in Cinerama three projector at the Dome. I sat in the Cinerama ZONE that is why I went. The resolution was fantastic. When it cut to the footage shot in Ultra-Panavision I could see grain and the resolution was just not as good. Yea, these movies look great in hi def AT HOME. All of the wide format FILM looks great on hi def AT HOME. Why would I go to the theater to see what I can watch AT HOME and skip through or pause. I got stuck watching some digital print of Russian Adventure or Summer Holiday I forget the title. It was such a bad experience I never went back to any other Cinerama screenings. I saw Dunkirk in 70mm in the Dome it looked good. I don’t think it was off a digital intermediate. They should run Hateful Eight for a week in 70mm. Some people just don’t get it Digital can not beat the look of fine grain negative film and a print made right off the original negative.

If they ran that three projector print of HTWWW for a week two shows a day and advertised it properly lots of people would go see it. I was tempted to go see some of these films at the Cinerama Theater in Seattle.

There were 35mm CinemaScope IB tec prints of Bothers Grimm and those looked good; there still may be one in someones collection.

RussM on March 18, 2018 at 11:52 am

Brothers Grimm was shown last October at Bradford’s Widescreen Weekend in 3 strip Cinerama. They used the only known surviving 3 panel print, which I believe belongs to a fellow in Australia.

RogerA on March 18, 2018 at 3:26 pm

I wish they would run it again at the dome in 3 stgrip

Bill Huelbig
Bill Huelbig on March 18, 2018 at 3:31 pm

This Australian print played at the Dome in 2012. It was really something to see. It did break down once, in the first 10 minutes, but played perfectly after that. I would love to eventually see a Blu-ray in Smilebox. Probably the most underrated Cinerama production. The showmanship, imagination and kindness of George Pal are on constant display.

bigjoe59 on March 19, 2018 at 1:46 pm


as a reply to my question about TWWOTBG another question. if a 3-panel print in reasonably good condition exits why hasn’t a Blu-ray disc been issued? the guy who owns it would make a mint.

HowardBHaas on March 19, 2018 at 3:21 pm

Don’t confuse ownership of a print with rights to the movie.

Bill Huelbig
Bill Huelbig on March 19, 2018 at 3:33 pm

I really don’t know the details, but can a blu-ray be created from a print of a movie? I thought you needed a good copy of the movie’s negative, which bigjoe59 said had been damaged in the case of Brothers Grimm.

PeterApruzzese on March 19, 2018 at 5:25 pm

Bigjoe – a major studio like WB is unlikely to use a damaged collector’s print.

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