CineArts 5 at Pleasant Hill

2314 Monument Boulevard,
Pleasant Hill, CA 94523

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Scott Neff
Scott Neff on October 21, 2016 at 5:06 pm

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

RobertMerk on October 20, 2016 at 7:03 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).

WhiskeyClone on March 29, 2014 at 5:45 pm

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

Prof David Ducay
Prof David Ducay on September 27, 2013 at 12:42 pm

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.

Mikeoaklandpark on May 8, 2013 at 2:45 pm

Man they didn’t waste any time :(

Edward Havens
Edward Havens on May 8, 2013 at 1:16 pm

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

budyboy101 on May 2, 2013 at 9:29 pm

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

terrywade on April 29, 2013 at 11:11 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.

LisaMc on April 23, 2013 at 1:46 pm

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:

Edward Havens
Edward Havens on April 22, 2013 at 11:58 am

Good sized crowd for its final show last night. Time to mark this one as closed, and time to add the Century 16 across the freeway to CT.

KingBiscuits on April 17, 2013 at 11:40 pm

The final engagements at the theatre: The Place Beyond the Pines, special engagements of Jaws (Friday), The Sound of Music (Saturday) and 2001: A Space Odyssey (Sunday), The Company You Keep, Trance and The Sapphires.

CSWalczak on December 9, 2012 at 1:23 pm

The CineArts domed theater may be facing closing and demolition: View article

darquil on April 25, 2010 at 1:29 am

I’ve posted information and photos from a recent visit here.

juliagreen on March 28, 2010 at 4:44 pm

Visiting friends over the weekend of March 19, 2010 and overheard them making plans for “dropping the teenagers off at CineArts.” Went by the theatre later on and they appear to be doing just fine. Long may it be so! In architecturally nondescript Concord, even this relatively later (though I must say very nice) theatre building provides the community landscape with some interest!

kencmcintyre on January 1, 2009 at 3:29 pm

Here is a June 2004 photo from Michael Moore’s website:

Scott Neff
Scott Neff on September 24, 2008 at 7:20 pm

Under Century, all the CineArts were @ somewhere. The original CineArts were:

CineArts @ Evanston (Evanston, IL)
CineArts @ Sequoia (Mill Valley, CA)
CineArts @ Palo Alto Square (Palo Alto, CA)
CineArts @ Empire (San Francisco, CA)
CineArts @ Pleasant Hill (Pleasant Hill, CA)
CineArts @ Santana Row (San Jose, CA)
CineArts @ Marin (Sausalito, CA)

Eventually they started calling whatever art film was playing at any theatre the “CineArts @ [Theatre Name]” much like AMC has AMC Select and Regal has Regal Arts.

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on March 7, 2008 at 11:59 am

Advertised on its website as CineArts @ Pleasant Hill

budyboy100 on March 7, 2008 at 2:25 am

Wow. Was at the CCC Jewish festival. We have got to save this place.

Scott Neff
Scott Neff on December 28, 2007 at 12:12 am

I was an auditor for Century Theatres and was always intrigued by the dome theatres. I had a bit of projection background so was also interested in the technical side of the older buildings. I don’t know if the lense is still on site, I would assume that it is not. I know that the D-150 automation panel is still mounted on the wall at this location, as well as some of the other older dome locations.

budyboy100 on December 27, 2007 at 6:48 pm

Scott, are/were you a projectionist? Also, do you know if the ‘Dimension 150 Lens’ View link is still there, or was it likely returned to the company. Also, wonder what size the original screen was.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on December 25, 2007 at 12:48 am

Though the domed theatre in the Cine Arts complex superficially resembles the earlier Cinerama Dome in Hollywood, they are very different structurally, and they were not designed by the same architect. Pacific’s Cinerama Dome was designed by Welton Beckett & Associates and was intended to be the prototype for a chain of concrete, geodesic dome theatres in which to show Cinerama movies. The building proved more costly to erect that was expected, and the demand for Cinerama movies proved less than the company had hoped, and thus the Hollywood dome remains the sole example of its kind.

The CineArts dome, on the other hand, was one of several non-geodesic domed theatres designed for Syufy’s Century Theatres by San Francisco architect Vincent G. Raney. Through the 1960s the Syufy brothers erected domed theatres in many western cities, and at least as far east as Utah, where their seventh Century 21 dome was opened in 1967. From the description of South Salt Lake’s Century 21 on this page, it was typical of Century’s Raney-designed domed theatres. Click on the “Photos” link in the left panel of that page to see how Raney’s domes were put together.

LawMann on December 24, 2007 at 8:36 pm

This domed theatre seems quite similar to the Cinerama Dome theatre in Los Angeles.

Scott Neff
Scott Neff on December 22, 2007 at 12:59 pm

Thought I’d cross post the comment I made on part of the Newsreel post for today about this theatre.

This complex was built as the Century 21 Pleasant Hill and opened with Doctor Zhivago. In 1974 four screens were added behind the building and it began it’s run as Century 21-25 and then the Century Complex. Century rebranded this theatre as one of its CineArts Theatres, which Cinemark still operates the theatre as under their control. To this day, the employees still refer to the auditoriums as #21-#25. Photos can be seen at included a once proposed addition of two domes into the parking lot (assumedly before the 4-plex was added behind the dome).

21 (The Dome), #23 & #25 are equipped with Century JJ’s capable of 70mm. I believe there are 70mm rollers in cabinets back there that could allow them to switch to 70mm if needed. (Many older Century Theatres are still equipped for 70mm). As for them carrying the reels through, when I was familiar with the location, most of the film build-up and break-down was done in the back booth and films for the dome were transported either with clamps, or on 6000 foot reels to be built up on the Dome’s Christie AW-3. (Builds up slower than the Potts platters in back.)

sdoppie on February 13, 2005 at 8:27 pm

The theater is thriving quite nicely since it began showing mostly independent films, but it is my understanding that some sort of remodel or relocation is on the way. The shopping center is partially demolished on one end where Montgomery Wards was located. An early proposal I viewed, had them moving the entire complex closer to the freeway, and making the theater two story vs the dome and series of other theaters in the back of the building.

William on January 24, 2005 at 4:45 pm

This was a Dimension-150 Theatre installation, not a Cinerama. They look very close.