Cinerama Dome and ArcLight Hollywood

6360 Sunset Boulevard,
Los Angeles, CA 90028

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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.

RogerA on March 18, 2018 at 3:26 pm

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

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 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 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 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.

bigjoe59 on March 16, 2018 at 3:46 pm


for regular patrons of this theater I have a question. of all the Cinerama films(both the original 3-panel & the 70MM process) I believe The Wonderful World of the Brothers Grimm is the only one not yet released on blu-ray disc. recently I read the reason why was the original camera negative was damaged in a fire a few years back. this is where my question comes in. if I am not mistaken at a recent Cinerama Festival this theater held TWWOTBG was shown. so if a print was in good enough shape to show at the festival why hasn’t a blu-ray been issued?

MSC77 on December 31, 2017 at 8:10 am

There’s a new retrospective article out on “Camelot” which gives an overview of its roadshow run (including mention of its engagement here) and a historian interview.

RogerA on December 15, 2017 at 11:19 am

At the Arclight they care about the customers and the presentation unlike AMC. The recent incident at Burbank just demonstrates if you really want a better show go to Hollywood.

RogerA on November 21, 2017 at 6:31 am

And it is good they run both versions the film and the DCP and even 3D in some cases. I saw Dunkirk in the Dome in 70mm it looked spectacular. We are so lucky to have the Arclight as there are only two cities in the country that have a 70mm print of Orient Express.

Ftopel on November 20, 2017 at 10:31 pm

Got some pics of theater 6 when I went to see Murder on the Orient Express in 70mm. You can see the 70mm film threaded up in the projection window.

moviebuff82 on November 20, 2017 at 1:59 pm

I was watching a doc on et and this theater was shown for the world premiere of e.t. must be a favorite of Spielberg

RogerA on November 20, 2017 at 12:28 pm

Close Encounters looked and sounded good in 70mm mag. Imagine that no CGI no digital just old school special effects and film.

MSC77 on November 18, 2017 at 12:01 am

Forty years ago today, Spielberg’s “Close Encounters of the Third Kind” opened here. And for those with an interest in this sort of stuff, here’s the link to a new retrospective article which includes a photo from and a mention of the Dome’s run (plus a mention of hundreds of other cinemas in which it played).

moviebuff82 on September 27, 2017 at 11:19 am

It’s also playing at AMC in Rockaway too.

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.

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.)

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,

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 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.

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.

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.

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.

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 21, 2017 at 6:31 pm

The Dome can find people to run the 3 strip at the Dome it isn’t that hard. And it is about the process not the film. Well put RussM!