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Pacific Theatres's Cinerama
Cinerama
Dome is a movie theater located at 6360 Sunset Boulevard
Sunset Boulevard
in Hollywood, California. Designed to present widescreen Cinerama
Cinerama
films, it opened November 7, 1963.[1][2][3] Today it continues as a leading first run theater. The original developer was Saul Pick.

Contents

1 History 2 Preservation 3 Today 4 In popular culture 5 See also 6 References 7 External links

History[edit]

The Cinerama
Cinerama
Dome, decorated for Shrek 2

In February 1963, Cinerama
Cinerama
Inc. unveiled a radically new design for theaters which would show its movies. They would be based on the geodesic dome developed by R. Buckminster Fuller, would cost half as much as conventional theaters of comparable size, and could be built in half the time. Cinerama's goal was to see at least 600 built worldwide within two years. The following April, Pacific Theatres
Pacific Theatres
Inc. announced plans to build the first theater based upon the design, and had begun razing existing buildings at the construction site. Located on Sunset near Vine Street, it would be the first new major motion picture theater in Hollywood
Hollywood
in 33 years, and would be completed in time for the scheduled November 2 press premiere of It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World. The design was adapted by the noted architectural firm of Welton Becket
Welton Becket
and Associates. Total construction time is reported to have been 16 weeks. The domed roof comprises 316 precast concrete panels (most hexagonal) in 16 patterns, each weighing some 3,200 pounds (1,500 kg). The first pentagonal panel was placed on August 29, with the rest to be installed over 4 weeks. The It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World
It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World
premiere (filmed in Ultra Panavision 70) marked the dawn of "single lens" Cinerama. Previously, Cinerama
Cinerama
was known for its groundbreaking three-projector process. From 1963 until 2002, the Cinerama
Cinerama
Dome never showed movies with the three-projector process. (The nearby Warner Cinerama
Cinerama
at 6433 Hollywood Boulevard used the three-projector process until December 1964.) Preservation[edit] With its 86 feet (26 m) wide screen, advanced acoustics and 70mm film capability, the Cinerama
Cinerama
Dome remained a favorite for film premieres and "event" showings. But by the late 1990s the motion picture exhibition business began to favor multiplex cinemas, and Pacific Theatres
Pacific Theatres
proposed a plan to remodel the Dome as a part of a shopping mall/cinema complex. Historical preservationists were outraged, not wishing to see another great theater turned into a multiplex or destroyed. At the same time, a small contingent of Cinerama
Cinerama
enthusiasts had begun resurrecting the three-projector process. They and the preservationists prevailed on Pacific to rethink its plans for the property. The preservation of the Cinerama
Cinerama
Dome came at a time when most other surviving Cinerama
Cinerama
theaters were being demolished. An example of this was the case of the Indian Hills Theater in Omaha, Nebraska, a round Cinerama
Cinerama
theater boasting a 110-foot screen which was razed in 2001
2001
to make room for a parking lot. The Cinerama
Cinerama
Dome was declared a Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monument in 1998.[4] Today[edit]

The ArcLight Cinerama
Cinerama
Dome decorated for Spider-Man 2
Spider-Man 2
in 2004

In 2002 after a two-year closure, the Cinerama
Cinerama
Dome was reopened as a part of Pacific Theatres' ArcLight Hollywood
Hollywood
complex. The dome remains essentially unchanged though there have been improvements, notably in the acoustics. But for the first time ever, the Cinerama
Cinerama
Dome began showing movies in the three-projector format. It is one of only three such theaters in the world today. The Cinerama
Cinerama
Dome made its digital projection debut in May 2005 with Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith. In 2009, James Cameron's Avatar was the first 3D film to be shown in the Cinerama
Cinerama
Dome, using technology from XpanD 3D. In December 2015, the Cinerama
Cinerama
Dome upgraded to a laser projection system, using two Christie 6P projectors and Dolby 3D.[5] In popular culture[edit] The Cinerama
Cinerama
Dome was featured in the 2008 film Frost/Nixon directed by Ron Howard
Ron Howard
in the scene recreating the Hollywood
Hollywood
premiere of the Sherman Brothers' 1976 musical film, The Slipper and the Rose.[6] It was also shown in Melrose Place's fourth episode, "Vine", as the location for the premiere of the fictional movie "Kensington Squared." The theater also appears briefly in the 2016 film Keanu, starring Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele, See also[edit]

List of Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monuments in Hollywood Seattle Cinerama Pictureville Cinema

References[edit]

^ " Cinerama
Cinerama
Dome". The Los Angeles Times. August 12, 1998. Retrieved 2015-12-17.  ^ Gettell, Oliver (April 12, 2012). " Cinerama
Cinerama
Dome puts 'How the West Was Won' in proper perspective". The Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2015-12-17.  ^ Hawthorne, Christopher (April 12, 2013). "Motion Picture Academy unveils ambitious plans for film museum". The Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2015-12-17.  ^ Department of City Planning. "Designated Historic-Cultural Monuments". City of Los Angeles. Archived from the original on June 9, 2010. Retrieved 2012-10-04.  ^ Carolyn Giardina (December 17, 2015). "ArcLight's Cinerama
Cinerama
Dome Debuts 3D Laser Projection for New 'Star Wars'". The Hollywood Reporter.  ^ "Frost/Nixon (2008) : Filming Locations". IMDb.com. Retrieved 2015-12-17. 

External links[edit]

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Cinerama
Dome.

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Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monuments

Downtown Los Angeles East and Northeast Sides Harbor Area Hollywood San Fernando Valley Silver Lake, Angelino Heights and Echo Park South Los Angeles Westside Wilshire and Westlake Areas

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Cinerama

Films

Three-panel

This Is Cinerama (1952) Cinerama
Cinerama
Holiday (1955) Seven Wonders of the World (1956) Search for Paradise (1957) South Seas Adventure (1958) Windjammer (1958) The Wonderful World of the Brothers Grimm (1962) Holiday in Spain (1962) How the West Was Won (1962) The Best of Cinerama (1963) Cinerama's Russian Adventure (1966)

70 mm

It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World (1963) Circus World (1964) Mediterranean Holiday (1964) The Greatest Story Ever Told (1965) The Hallelujah Trail (1965) Battle of the Bulge (1965) Khartoum (1966) Grand Prix (1966) Custer of the West (1967) 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) Ice Station Zebra (1968) Krakatoa, East of Java (1969) Song of Norway (1970) The Great Waltz (1972)

Fisheye

To the Moon and Beyond (1964)

Venues

Present: Cinerama
Cinerama
Dome Pictureville Cinema Seattle Cinerama Former: Indian Hills Theater

People

Merian C. Cooper Hazard E. Reeves Lowell Thomas Mike Todd

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