Cinerama Dome and ArcLight Hollywood

6360 Sunset Boulevard,
Los Angeles, CA 90028

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CF100 on January 3, 2022 at 10:54 am

The Cinerama Dome Isn’t Planning To Re-Open Imminently; Here’s What’s Really Going On.

According to the linked article, re-opening date is unknown. Refurbishment at planning stage.

m00se1111 on December 17, 2021 at 4:56 pm

Article from Hollywood Reporter

RobertAlex on December 17, 2021 at 4:13 pm

Iconic Cinerama Dome and multiplex to reopen!!

BY KENAN DRAUGHORNE, RYAN FAUGHNDER DEC. 17, 2021 3:30 PM PT The Cinerama Dome and the attached theater complex formerly known as ArcLight Hollywood plans to reopen, two people familiar with the matter told The Times on Friday.

There was no timetable for a potential reopening date, although one source who was not authorized to comment publicly said it could be as early as next year.

The owner of the iconic venue, Decurion Corp., could not be reached for comment.

A public notice of application to sell alcoholic beverages was placed outside the dome Thursday, under the name DT Operator LLC. DT Operator is a holding company for Decurion Corporation.

Records from the California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control show multiple permit applications were placed on Nov. 22, including permits for catering, a portable bar, events and a “general eating place.” All permits were still pending as of Friday.

The dome has been closed since the start of the pandemic. On April 12 of this year, Pacific Theatres announced it would not reopen the historic venue, or its other theaters, due to financial pressures caused by the pandemic.

“After shutting our doors more than a year ago, today we must share the difficult and sad news that Pacific will not be reopening its ArcLight Cinemas and Pacific Theatres locations,” Pacific Theatres said in a statement. “This was not the outcome anyone wanted, but despite a huge effort that exhausted all potential options, the company does not have a viable way forward.”

Calls to save the Hollywood ArcLight were loud and long. AMC Entertainment previously said it was interested in buying cinema locations formerly operated by ArcLight Cinemas and Pacific Theatres. A spokesperson for the chain said Friday that AMC was not involved with the reopening.

The Cinerama Dome first opened in 1963. The venue survived a demolition scare in 1998, when a proposal by Pacific Theatres would have stripped the dome and replaced it with restaurants and a movie multiplex. However, fierce public opposition overpowered the effort and Pacific Theatres agreed to keep the location intact.

“There’s a reason every movie lover in L.A. is in mourning,” filmmaker Rian Johnson told The Times in April.

“If you lived in this town and loved movies, you’ve had life changing experiences in that complex,” Johnson said via email. “But more than that, it’s easy to forget how the ArcLight completely transformed the moviegoing experience: assigned seating, plush comfy chairs, no late entry to screenings, these were all considered wild and crazy ideas when they first opened. The ArcLight loved and respected movies, and you felt that from every person who worked there. This is a huge, huge loss.”

m00se1111 on December 17, 2021 at 3:50 pm

Here’s a link to Mari’s tweet via @SaveArclight and also the amazing Alison Martino’s @vintageLosAngeles

the date on the application is 12/16/21 and the notice claims “license exchange” to a DT Operator LLC. DT is a firm based in Delaware based on an line search.

Please copy and paste to see the notice, It’s Mari Lanae’s photo and don’t dare place here without permission.

Flix70 on October 20, 2021 at 11:47 am

If your’re a true fan of cinema and the Cinerama Dome, do yourself a favor & check out Cinerama’s exceptional Cinerama Dome page at Insightful articles, pictures & tons of ads for nearly every film that played there since 1963, in order.

I love how they were already promoting the “Its A Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World” premiere before they even broke ground on the Dome. And that it was basically announced, built & opened in the span of seven months under a 24-hour-a-day schedule. Crazy.

Bill Huelbig
Bill Huelbig on September 21, 2021 at 1:39 pm

Interesting how “2001” didn’t play at the Dome until July 1974. Many people assume it played there in its initial release in 1968.

MSC77 on September 21, 2021 at 1:04 pm

Cinerama Dome playdates article was recently published.

rivest266 on August 3, 2021 at 1:06 pm

theatre no longer boarded up per:

stevenj on June 5, 2021 at 12:17 pm

Just scrolled through the lot of them Cinerama- thanks for taking the time to post them.

Cinerama on June 4, 2021 at 1:33 pm

Added about 200 ads/articles for the Cinerama Dome -

Cinerama on June 3, 2021 at 7:22 am

AMC eyes ArcLight locations

RogerA on May 19, 2021 at 6:11 am

Looks like they are going to run a 70mm print of Tenet at the Legion Theater in Hollywood.

DavidZornig on April 19, 2021 at 2:32 pm

I received this update/explanation for the closure via the petition organizers.

Flix70 on April 18, 2021 at 10:31 am

The little-seen 1981 Libyan historical war epic “Lion of the Desert” starring Anthony Quinn, Oliver Reed & Rod Steiger opened at the Dome 40 years ago this weekend (April 17, 1981). Controversial at the time for being bankrolled by the Libyan government under Muammar Gaddafi, the film was well received by critics but not audiences. According to, an unadvertised 70mm print screened at the Dome.

Bill Huelbig
Bill Huelbig on April 15, 2021 at 3:38 pm

It’s a funny story, but 2001 never played at the Cinerama Dome until years later. It opened at the Warner Hollywood Theater on Hollywood Blvd., and played there for 80 weeks. In April 1968, when 2001 premiered, the Dome was showing Camelot.

DavidZornig on April 15, 2021 at 2:53 pm

Variety article about The Doors seeing “2001: A Space Odyssey” at Cinerama Dome.

terrywade on April 15, 2021 at 10:39 am

Now that Pacific Theatres have turned in the keys to the landlord property owners and closed their theatres they don’t own the land we think this is just a legal thing to get out of underperforming cinemas and expensive rent. The parent company of Pacific Theatres called ‘Decurion’ is not a poor company. Owned by the Forman family they have property all over California. The father William Forman bought up cheap land in the 1950’s/60’s and started Pacific Drive Ins. Many of the old drive in lots have been turned into huge malls that the Forman’s own with some multiplex cinemas on the property. The Syufy family did the same thing. After all the dust settles down you will see some of these classic Pacific Theatres come back open I bet like the Hollywood Cinerama Dome and the Pacific Grove Theatres. Shame on the city of Culver City CA with the Pacific Theatre closed down over a year with no money coming in the city wants all the rental money now. They will find out the hard way when Pacific gets out of Culver City the whole area will suffer in the downtown area. Lets hope the Hollywood Cinerama Dome can re open soon and the Forman brothers can re direct some of their family land money to keeping some of their classic theatres around a little longer. The Forman brothers after the father died never liked Cinerama, at one time they were going to tear down the dome! They are more into real estate today under Decurion.

DavidZornig on April 14, 2021 at 3:57 pm

Variety piece on Cinerama Dome.

CP200 on April 14, 2021 at 12:55 pm

Andy good news yet on when it will be stripped out all the seats thrown into the skip along with projection and sound system thrown in the skip with wrecking ball and make way for practical use for the homeless as cinema is non-essential. Just my 1 pence. (wink)

RogerA on April 14, 2021 at 9:01 am

The theater is protected as a Landmark I believe

And it can’t mysteriously catch fire and burn down like the old days

So it will probably be around for a while

CP200 on April 13, 2021 at 5:47 pm

wrecking ball for this cinema coming soon to a youtube-cinema small screen.

Flix70 on April 13, 2021 at 8:42 am

Still shocked at the news of the closure this morning. I live in Orange County & made my first visit to the Dome in 1996 for Apocalypse Now & later From Dusk Til Dawn. Came back in ‘98 for Close Encounters of the Third Kind & Gladiator in 2000. Over the next 15 years my wife & I would make the drive up for Van Helsing, Spider-man 3, Intolerable Cruelty, The Godfather, Shine a Light, Titanic 3D and the Martian.

I always felt like a kid heading there, knowing I was in for a true cinematic treat with every visit.

You have to believe someone like Netflix, Amazon or other deep-pocketed industry savior will step in to at least preserve the Dome. It is a designated LA Historic-Cultural Monument and can’t be demolished or altered without going before the Cultural Heritage Commission, who has the right to delay any demolition for up to one year.

But frankly I don’t see another exhibition chain stepping in to rescue Arclight, not in this volatile climate. They’re all holding on by the skin of their teeth, can’t see any of them determining the acquisition of new properties to be economically feasible. Anything’s possible, though. We shall see.

CP200 on April 13, 2021 at 4:14 am

I don#t see need to travel to Pictureville that is longer distance that Empire Leicester Square, that had a THX baffle wall. Does Pictureville have one? I don’t think so. Does it have legit THX I don’t think so. I may as well stay at home with legit unofficial commencal cinema THX and I can go to a THX cinema at anytime in the day or week as I feel fit and is only few meters travel walking distance.

cinema has allowed itself to be dragged down to home cinema grade and now it is same tech in a home cinema as it is at a video-cinema cos it ain’t no longer cinema. Anyway I rather watch a David Attenborough, nature documentary without the ear defaning dolby atmos that sounds lousy in cinema as it does in the home. atmos is so fake. We most all, know how it works and hasn’t improved movies one single bit other than deafening loud and so unnatural.

Let video-cinema fade away I won’t miss a single pixel of it.

delta on April 13, 2021 at 1:14 am

All the more reason for the Pictureville Cinerama installation to remain in operation at the National Media Museum in Bradford England.