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 opened as the Century 21 on February 21, 1967. It 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

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budyboy101
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
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
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
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
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.

rivest266
rivest266 on August 6, 2021 at 1:32 pm

1973 grand opening ad also posted.

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