Cinerama Dome and ArcLight Hollywood

6360 Sunset Boulevard,
Los Angeles, CA 90028

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DavidZornig on November 15, 2019 at 8:53 pm

Link with a Fall 1981 photo credit Brad Adams.

RogerA on October 27, 2019 at 11:57 pm

The film print looks great especially if you sit in the Cinerama zone I didn’t get to go see this showing a lot of my friends did. I saw a previous showing of the film version and knew there a lot of people out there who wanted to see it.

bigjoe59 on October 27, 2019 at 10:15 pm


it was nice it was almost out. what I meant to ask was how was the viewing experience of seeing it in original 3-Strip Cinerama on film and not a digital print.

RogerA on October 27, 2019 at 9:54 pm

It was packed almost sold out.

bigjoe59 on October 27, 2019 at 9:16 pm

Hello from NYC-

how was the recent screening of HTWWW in original 3-Strip Cinerama?

RogerA on September 25, 2019 at 6:42 pm

How the West Was Won in three projector Cinerama nearly sold out could it be the combination advertising and running the original film version? The digital shows of Cinerama films don’t sell nearly as well same publicity. 2001 the film version 70mm nearly sold out.

ridethectrain on August 29, 2019 at 5:22 am

Please update the Arclight Hollywood 14 opened on March 22, 2002, Thursday, July 27, 2000 the Cinerama Dome show The Patriot in SDDS 8 channels, then July 28 thru July 30, the dome had a festival prior to the expansion with Arclight, reopened on March 22, 2002. I’m posting the last weekend prior to renovation in the photos section.

RogerA on August 22, 2019 at 9:57 pm

Ask jsittig70mm he should know the history. The curve of the screen at the dome is extreme. In the past there were problems with light spill side to side.

It’s just an experience seeing a Cinerama print off the original negative. The difference between the Cinerama footage and the Ultra-Panavision scenes is something to look for.

edlambert on August 22, 2019 at 9:46 pm

Curmudgeon, the original installations, it seems, included a deeply-curved screen, deeper than the curvature of the screen at the Dome. Perhaps the Dome’s screen curvature does not result in light from either extreme side washing out the image on the opposite side. It is also possible that many Cinerama installations for one reason or another, could not install a screen with the prescribed curvature. If so, the notion of a “true Cinerama presentation” might not be a meaningful description.
When “one projector” Cinerama was about to begin in Detroit, the louvered screen was replaced by a solid one. I watched them do the replacement.

curmudgeon on August 22, 2019 at 4:36 pm

Jsittig70mm I understand the Dome screen is a single sheet. As original 3 strip Cinerama utilised vertical strip screens to avoid shadowing, can the Dome seriously advertise true Cinerama presentation?

Jsittig70mm on August 22, 2019 at 6:58 am

I was in charge of projection at Pacific Theatre and ArcLight for 34 years. This years 7 film series will present 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY in 70mm and HOW THE WEST WAS WON in it’s original 3 strip Cinema process. The other films in the series are digital prints, all of which except LAWRENCE OF ARABIA, are rectified for the down angle and curve of the Cinema screen. Horizon lines will not dip in the middle. We made digital copies of the 5 Cinema travel adventures and WINDJAMMER for the cost of making a photochemical print of 1 title. With only 3 theatre in the world that can show 3 strip Cinerama, you can understand why we did what we did. We will also be adjusting the bottom masking before each show in order to fill the entire screen. Hope to see you all there. John Sittig

RogerA on August 21, 2019 at 11:59 pm

The Dome was built to run 3 projector Cinerama or the Ultra Panavision version. The three projectors were never installed but the portholes and projector stations were installed. They could have installed the projectors and run three strip. The original screen was a Cinerama screen made up of hanging strips. There has been many modifications over the years.

RogerA on August 21, 2019 at 11:47 pm

They the powers that be are trying hard to push digital. Digital is the new new thing and it does keep getting better. It’s nice to see a film presentation especially if it’s good. Turner film festival ran a print of sound of music at the Legion theater on highland. This was a 70 mm print off the original negative on Kodak vision three stock. It was incredible.

bigjoe59 on August 21, 2019 at 10:57 pm

Hello from NYC-

to Roger A.– thanks for your reply. a question. it is my understanding that when Arclight took over management of the Dome they renovated it so it could show the original 3-strip Cinerama films since it was built in 1963 to exhibit the 70MM Cinerama films. so why have some of the screenings of the original 7 3-striup films been digital and not on film?

RogerA on August 21, 2019 at 10:36 pm

That’s what I’m led to believe. I have campaigned for the film version I know they have a print. And it’s listed as film

bigjoe59 on August 21, 2019 at 10:30 pm


to Roger A.– if I understand your post the Dome will be screening HTWWW on actual film not digital which a number of the Cinerama screenings have been.

RogerA on August 21, 2019 at 1:35 am

Tickets are selling fast all the good seats are going fast. It great they finally listened and are running it it the original three projector format.

RussM on August 14, 2019 at 8:17 pm

I hope it is 3 strip also, Roger. Being on a weekday, it will probably be an evening showing, but I sure wish they would do it in the afternoon. Evenings are OK for local residents who can drive there, but for someone from out of town who needs to use public transportation, it’s not so good.

RogerA on August 14, 2019 at 7:37 pm

i hope they run it in 3 strip

RussM on August 14, 2019 at 7:12 pm

The website reports that the Dome will show the Cinerama flicks Windjammer and Seven Wonders of the World with digital projection on Sept 9, and How the West Was Won (maybe in 3 strip) on Oct 1st.

RobertAlex on July 29, 2019 at 7:19 pm

Has anyone seen OUATIH here yet? Since it is in 70mm here, I wonder if they will use the entire screen and did they leave the curve intact with the image filling the bottom corners…..I am thinking of giving the Dome one last chance…..

moviebuff82 on July 28, 2019 at 10:49 pm

Speaking of which Flix70, one of the scenes takes place outside the Dome pre-megaplex days. I saw the movie in regular 4k at AMC in Rockaway, NJ and noticed some bad masking at the top of the screen but nothing major. The picture was sharp and colors were bright while the sound mix is very good 5.1.

Flix70 on July 11, 2019 at 3:38 pm

Tickets now up for Tarantino’s “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” in 70mm @ the Dome.

moviebuff82 on June 28, 2019 at 2:08 am

Sounds kinda like with how AMC treats their screens in bigger multiplexes these days…unless if its dolby uncropped, prime, reald 3d and imax.