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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moviebuff82
moviebuff82 on June 9, 2018 at 6:11 am

Did you take LSD while watching the movie? LOL….

RogerA
RogerA on June 9, 2018 at 7:42 am

Never did the LSD thing but many have.

bigjoe59
bigjoe59 on June 10, 2018 at 12:55 pm

Hello-

did the Dome screen the original 2hr 40min. cut of 2001? that’s what is implied by Roger A.’s use of the term “original roadshow version”.

HowardBHaas
HowardBHaas on June 10, 2018 at 5:26 pm

There is only one version in a new 70mm print, of 2001 that’s being shown worldwide. It is the original roadshow version, which itself was 20 minutes shorter, cut by Kubrick himself, than the world premiere of the film at the DC Uptown. Those 20 minutes have not since been seen by anybody though most or all was found in storage in a cave.

Robert L. Bradley
Robert L. Bradley on June 10, 2018 at 9:38 pm

I just came from seeing it at the Dome. It had an overture, an intermission, and exit music. It looked great, except for their smiling screen. Why do the bottom corners of the screen curl up? Can’t they cut an aperture plate to fit the normal screen shape?

HowardBHaas
HowardBHaas on June 11, 2018 at 4:20 am

Not projecting at 2 corners is how the Washington DC Uptown’s curved screen is doing things with digital films but when in the year 2001 they showed a then new print of 70mm, it filled the screen! Robert, did the Dome open & close curtains for this presentation?

Robert L. Bradley
Robert L. Bradley on June 11, 2018 at 9:59 am

Yes, Howard. They opened the curtain on the MGM logo after the overture and closed them at the intermission. Then they opened them again after the entrance music and closed them at the end of the credits. It was very professionally done.

DavidZornig
DavidZornig on June 13, 2018 at 11:33 am

June 2018 photo added credit Hector Acuna. Courtesy of the Vintage Los Angeles Facebook page. Cinerama Dome transformed into what it would have looked like in 1969, for a recent film production.

Bill Huelbig
Bill Huelbig on June 13, 2018 at 11:39 am

For three out of the past four weeks, the highest grossing movie in the US based on per-screen average has been “2001”. If only Stanley were still alive to see this.

silver
silver on June 13, 2018 at 4:08 pm

I just checked Arclight’s website & they’ve just extended 2001 in the Cinerama Dome for yet another week! 4 or 5 shows daily. It must be doing good business. That’s awesome. At the moment, you have your pick of virtually any reserved seat in the Dome on the just-added week!

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