CineArts 5 at Pleasant Hill

2314 Monument Boulevard,
Pleasant Hill, CA 94523

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Interior of the Dome on its final night

Built in 1966 with a giant curved screen, this Dimension-150 theater was expanded to a five screen multiplex in December 25, 1973.

Although the original domed auditorium is still intact, the screen has been changed to a standard flat replacement. The CineArts showed primarily art house films and is one of a dwindling number of domed movie houses in the country. It was closed on April 21, 2013 and was demolished at the beginning of May 2013.

Contributed by Ross Melnick

Recent comments (view all 36 comments)

LisaMc on April 23, 2013 at 11:46 am

The “Save The Pleasant Hill Dome Theater” organization is working to keep this theater as a historical and sustainable community resource. More information is on the Web site:

terrywade on April 29, 2013 at 9:11 am

Now that the Dome is closed let the legal fight to save It go on. Someone needs to check to see who SYWEST is. I beleive Its the same company that is ownded by the owners of what was Syufy Theatres. When the father died many years ago Ray Syufy the two brothers got the theatres. A few years ago they sold most of them to Cinemark. They did keep most of the old Drive Inns under the WESTWIND name. The Syufy brothers are only into cash for the land that the old theatres they still run and own are on. They are trying to make money off the land that the Century 21 Dome is on in Pleasant Hill CA. Out of respect for their dad they need to fix up the Dome, put back the huge Dimension-150 curved screen or call it EX and keep this Dome theatre a center piece of any new stores in the area. Tear down the junky other 4 theatres behind the Dome and build the stores but please keep the Dome for a new generation to enjoy.

budyboy101 on May 2, 2013 at 7:29 pm

This was never a Cinerama ie. three strip theater. It was built as a Dimension-150 theater.

Edward Havens
Edward Havens on May 8, 2013 at 11:16 am

Mark it as demolished, please. Happening right now. :(

Mikeoaklandpark on May 8, 2013 at 12:45 pm

Man they didn’t waste any time :(

Prof David Ducay
Prof David Ducay on September 27, 2013 at 10:42 am

I remember the Century dome theatre at the Cross Road Shopping Center,(Monument and Buskirk)it was gigantic in side and a huge screen. Back in 1975 I watched ‘Jaws’ there with my brother for the first time and in ‘79’ saw ‘Apocalypse Now’ then afterwards going to Leatherby’s creamery to get a Banana Split with my girlfriend. The shopping center had a bunch of stores to like Montgomery Wards and Thirfty’s. Will never be the same not seeing the art house dome anymore while driving to work.

WhiskeyClone on March 29, 2014 at 3:45 pm

Now there’s a Dick’s Sporting Goods in its place. It makes it look just like every other off-highway shopping center.

RobertMerk on October 20, 2016 at 5:03 pm

Sometime between December 21st and 28th of 1973 the Century theatre expanded from (1) screen to (5) screens. These were the films that were playing:

1) Papillon (playing in the dome)

2) Ash Wednesday (with co-feature Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice)

3) American Graffiti

4) Paper Moon (with co-feature Harold & Maude)

5) The Sting

On or around December 20th 1974 the Century theatres opened a major motion picture into multi-theatres. Although this is standard practice today, I believe this was the first time the Century theatres had done it. Here are the films that were playing:

1) The Trial of Billy Jack (with co-feature Five Easy Pieces)

2) The Towering Inferno

3) The Towering Inferno

4) The Towering Inferno

5) Earthquake

During the week of December 20th 1976 the Century theatres held a special sneak preview of the Peter Bogdanovich film NICKELODEON. Price of admission for one was just a nickel (I believe all the proceedings went to charity).

Scott Neff
Scott Neff on October 21, 2016 at 3:06 pm

The 4-screen addition opened on 12/25/1973

Bill_Lonee on August 10, 2020 at 6:57 pm

Saw so many movies there. Even continued when they would play mainstream new releases, after converting to an art house, simply because it was the largest screen in the area. I saw a lot of movies in the smaller theaters, behind the Dome, too, but those auditoriums, frankly, were mostly sub-par. Sad to see the Dome go.

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