Cinerama Hollywood

6360 Sunset Boulevard,
Los Angeles, CA 90028

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Cinerama Dome (Official), Cinerama Theatre (Official)

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Previously operated by: ArcLight Cinemas, Pacific Theatres

Firms: Welton Becket & Associates

Previous Names: Cinerama Dome and ArcLight Hollywood

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Barry Lyndon opens at the Cinerama Dome, 1975

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 occasional 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 theatre 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 theatres 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 theatre, ArcLight Hollywood Dome was opened on March 22, 2002. It adjoins the original Cinerama Dome and offered first-run commercial, art, revival, and other specialty films. A unique movie lover’s paradise.

The Cinerama Dome and ArcLight Hollywood was closed on March 17, 2020 due to the Covid-19 pandemic. It was announced on April 13, 2021 that the closure would be permanent in all ArcLight/Pacific Theatres. On June 30, 2022 it was announced that the Cinerama Dome and the 14 former ArcLight cinemas would be reopening (date not given) as the renamed Cinerama Hollywood. It will also feature two licenced restaurants.

Recent comments (view all 1,464 comments)

Flix70 on August 29, 2023 at 12:05 pm

Ralph Bakshi’s 1983 animated dark fantasy “Fire and Ice” began a three-week stint at the Dome 40 years ago this week (Aug. 26, 1983).

m00se1111 on August 29, 2023 at 2:15 pm

Maybe save Flix some steps in the future..

movie4848 on August 29, 2023 at 3:42 pm

Regarding that NY Times article that stevenj shared please Decurion Corp, just sell it to a group or a chain that actually cares and can re-open it. Decurion Corp has clearly been holding on to the property out of pride with failed promises of a re-opening, re branding, or renovations that are just not happening. The complex had been sitting vacant and collecting dust for 3 years now. Regency or Landmark would be perfect fits. If I had the money and could take it off of Decurion Corps hands and run it independently I would. Something needs to be done fast to re-open it and get it out of Decurion Corps hands. The longer it remains vacant and collecting dust, the more danger it will never re open.

JackCoursey on August 29, 2023 at 4:20 pm

Give it to Quentin Tarantino for FREE! He is probally about the only known individual who could make it a profitable enterprise based on his name recognition and his love for the wide screen format. Otherwise this will be a great loss. Hopefully the Uptown in DC and the Cinerama in Seattle will be able to operate again as true Cinerama’s.

Flix70 on September 2, 2023 at 12:16 pm

m00se1111: I actually reference this site: But thanks for thinking of me.

edlambert on September 2, 2023 at 8:43 pm

Do we really want theaters to screen the Cinerama films as they were originally screened, with all the imperfections of the process? I am not disparaging the process, for it started a trend in film production and screening that today gives us beautiful digital improvements of these Cinerama films. I’ll be on my way to Hollywood and the Cinerama Dome as soon as I learn that “How the West Was Won” will be digitally presented, with the richness of the soundtrack as we knew it from the original seven tracks.

delta on September 3, 2023 at 4:43 am

We are fortunate in the UK to have the Pictureville Cinema in Bradford which has frequent showings of Cinerama films in either original 3-strip format, digital reconstruction format, or 70mm format. It is an essential reminder of some of the great and innovative days of cinema and to still enjoy the experience. The cinema’s annual Widescreen Weekend is about to celebrate the 70th anniversary of CinemaScope. Also, alongside Pictureville cinema is the National Media Museum where the first in the UK and still operating IMAX cinema is installed.

edlambert on September 14, 2023 at 9:16 pm

Delta, I agree with what Pictureville is doing, and I would not want to see the 3-srip format locked away forever from viewers. I believe, however, that only “Grimm” and “West” are films that have permanent value among all those produced in the Cinerama process, although “Grimm” is not of interest to me personally. These two films, I believe, can still draw audiences, and their presentation in a reconstructed format makes it less expensive for exhibitors to do so. It also provides a technically superior presentation. This is the way for Cinerama to live on.

MSC77 on October 3, 2023 at 2:55 pm

A new article has been published cataloging the 70mm presentations of “2001: A Space Odyssey.” The Cinerama Dome gets several mentions in the piece.

MSC77 on November 7, 2023 at 11:47 pm

Happy 60th to the Cinerama Dome, which held its grand opening (and world premiere of “It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World”) on this date in 1963. It’s a shame the theater is currently closed and that we cannot celebrate the occasion with a festival or special screening. As a celebratory alternative, linked here is a little something I put together to help you reminisce about the stuff you may have made the extra effort to see there.

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