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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Richie_T on July 24, 2017 at 6:38 am

Saw Dunkirk 70mm inside the dome on Sunday July 23rd at 2:30pm. There were two major issues with the presentation. The framing was off during the trailers, ok, no big deal. There were hairs or fabric or something blowing on the lense that were so distracting on the bottom of the screen. Also, is it me or does the curved screen slightly distort the image? Hate to be negative but I really wish I had went to Universal and seen the 70mm IMAX presentation.

RogerA on July 24, 2017 at 8:54 am

Richie I was at the same show on Sunday and yes there was a small hair in the gate that showed up on the bottom center. It was joined by another hair as the movie progressed. It wasn’t worth complaining about and I wonder if the projectionist could even deal with it. There should be a bottle of CO2 next to the projector to blow the gate. That is one of the problems with film dirt.

There weren’t suppose to be trailers. When I got the tickets they made it a point to say there were no trailers. Im glad there were only two. The studio must have scrambled to get 70mm trailers printed and sent out to the theaters. That show might have the first one to run those trailers. I can dispute the out of frame claim. The projectionist adjusted the framing a little for I am thinking the first trailer. I noticed when he adjusted but it was a letterboxed trailer so there was a black matt top and bottom. He should have just left it centered.

And yes the deep curve of the screen causes some distortion but it didn’t look that noticeable. I wonder if it was an optically corrected print.

There are a lot of 70mm prints out there go see it again in IMAX film at Universal. They can get dirt in the gate too.

RobertAlex on July 24, 2017 at 11:47 am

Did they at least use the full screen, like was there any notable difference from this showing vs. their laser image? When I saw Interstellar there, they did not lift up the masking on the bottom corners as they do now, it was the last time I noticed that at the DOME.

The Universal IMAX presentation was awesome on Saturday.

RogerA on July 24, 2017 at 12:16 pm

Yes they used the full screen

RussM on July 28, 2017 at 12:42 pm

Does the Dome still have the equipment to show 3-strip Cinerama, or did they remove that ?

RogerA on July 28, 2017 at 4:51 pm

It is still there

Flix70 on August 30, 2017 at 9:23 am

Steven Spielberg’s 1977 classic “Close Encounters of the Third Kind” returns to the Dome for a week-long 40th-anniversary run starting Friday, Sept. 1. Four shows daily starting at 1PM. Presentation is 4K DCP.

I caught “Close Encounters” at the Dome back in 1998 when it was part of a classics festival (something the Dome hosted quite regularly back then) and it was incredible. Believe me, you haven’t experienced this film until you’ve seen it at the Dome. Pure cinematic bliss.

RogerA on August 30, 2017 at 12:07 pm

Just let me know if they ever run 3 strip Cinerama again.

bigjoe59 on September 14, 2017 at 1:28 pm

Hello From NYC-

I was wondering has anyone seen DUNKIRK at the Dome then saw it at another theater? could you please describe the difference.

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