Regarder | 5.7 | La maldicion de Hill House

Cinerama Dome’s 55th Birthday is November 7th

3 Stars

For those who might live or be in LA soon Arclight Cinemas and the Cinerama Dome will be celebrating the Dome’s 55th Birthday with some 7PM roadshow screenings. See dates & titles on websites below.

Two shows will have some special guests appear, “HTWWW” & “Mad World”. All will be digital, which we tested, and looks great on the 85 foot curved screen.

“Mad World” will play on the actual date that the Dome opened and premiered with it on November 7th.
Other 3 shows are on Wednesday nights.

If your gonna be in the area we would like your support so we can do more events like it in the future and keep roadshow presentations alive in LA!

http://www.in70mm.com/news/2018/cinerama_dome/index.htm

http://www.arclightcinemas.com/en/movies/arclight-presents

Published by

Kevin Collins

administrator

53 Comments

  1. Yes at some point 3-panel will return to the Dome, we realized recently we had some maintenance to do on the old system.

    Also we needed 2 more Cinerama trained projectionists to do West or TIC again at a future date.

  2. Used to live three blocks from there and saw many films there, including the premiere of "Apocalypse Now," but it's really kind of hard to call it the Cinerama Dome anymore when it's not remotely the same theater except for the cosmetic dome shell only. It's just a same location at this point. Not complaining about the Arc-Light; saw a film there last summer, but I don't know how they can still say this is the Dome.

  3. Strohmaier

    Yes at some point 3-panel will return to the Dome, we realized recently we had some maintenance to do on the old system.

    Also we needed 2 more Cinerama trained projectionists to do West or TIC again at a future date.

    When that happens I will be in the audience. I was there in 2002 and still it is a vivid image.

  4. "Grand Prix" Super Panavision 70 aspect ratio test at the Dome, that's me in the center.
    Screen side masking is set for 81 feet wide (not the 89 feet-full width) so not quite as wide as fitting the Ultra Panvision 70 image or the Cinerama ratio, which we will do for "Mad, Mad World, Battle of the Bulge and HTWWW." Masking will be is set for Cinerama at the bottom so has to be changed from the the normal Dome scope setting just for for these films. We also do a special correction for the horizon sag and the Dome keystone effect on these shows, so the bottom of the screen will have straight horizons.

    View attachment 49556

  5. Strohmaier

    "Grand Prix" Super Panavision 70 aspect ratio test at the Dome, that's me in the center.
    Screen side masking is set for 81 feet wide (not the 89 feet-full width) so not quite as wide as fitting the Ultra Panvision 70 image or the Cinerama ratio, which we will do for "Mad, Mad World, Battle of the Bulge and HTWWW." Masking will be is set for Cinerama at the bottom so has to be changed from the the normal Dome scope setting just for for these films. We also do a special correction for the horizon sag and the Dome keystone effect on these shows, so the bottom of the screen will have straight horizons.

    View attachment 49556

    That is a great picture!

    I am surprised that Battle of The Bulge is shown, has some work been done on it recently?
    The Blu-ray does not really hold up very well so I hope the DCP will look better.. Grand Prix looks better than BotB but it still looks weaker than both IAMMMMW and HTWWW.

  6. Strohmaier

    All of them looked fine to me like Grand Prix did. Although I did not sit on the front row but 8 rows back.

    Again, I just don't understand front-row lovers. Eight rows back seems okay in that theater – for me, more like ten.

  7. In the summer between high school and college, I took my first-ever non-family vacation and visited LA.

    Saw "Back to the Future" at the Dome, and it was one of the most amazing cinematic experiences of my life!

    I took more trips to LA but never returned to the Dome – no idea why, other than I'm a dope! 😀

  8. Strohmaier

    For those who might live or be in LA soon Arclight Cinemas and the Cinerama Dome will be celebrating the Dome's 55th Birthday with some 7PM roadshow screenings. See dates & titles on websites below.

    By an astounding coincidence, I will be on vacation in California (I live in Alabama) when Mad World is showing, and had actually planned to be in the Hollywood area at that time. I will try to rearrange a couple of hotel stays and book tickets tonight. 😀

    I saw Close Encounters at the Dome last summer.

  9. Strohmaier

    All of them looked fine to me like Grand Prix did. Although I did not sit on the front row but 8 rows back.

    Thanks, maybe someone who knows the Blu-rays will attend, I would really like to know if the DCP of BotB looks different than the Blu-ray version as the Blu-ray has a peculiar combination of noise filtering and sharpening. The Blu-ray of Khartoum would have looked better but then BotB is probably the more popular title.

  10. I loved seeing movies at the Dome when I lived in L.A. In their first runs I saw E.T., Raiders, Back to the Future and many more. In retrospectives I saw Bridge on the River Kwai, Guns of Navarone, Jaws, 1941, Camelot, Oz, GWTW, Lawrence of Arabia and many more. Great memories. They once had a Spielberg day and I sat through 5 movies in one day. Awesome.

  11. There is a print of 70mm print of Grand Prix but it is mute, its a shame they could not have put a DTS Timecode on it at the time.
    I have had the HDDVD and have the BD of Grand Prix and will let you know what it looks like from the second row in Bradford.

  12. ahollis

    When that happens I will be in the audience. I was there in 2002 and still it is a vivid image.

    Allen we were in attendance for that screening as well. All part of a trip to LA to attend the first 3D Festival at the Egyptian Theatre. An unbelievable weekend in Hollywood!

  13. DFurr

    Allen we were in attendance for that screening as well. All part of a trip to LA to attend the first 3D Festival at the Egyptian Theatre. An unbelievable weekend in Hollywood!

    I saw HTWWW twice and Gorilla At Large in 3D. It was a special week.

  14. DP 70

    There is a print of 70mm print of Grand Prix but it is mute, its a shame they could not have put a DTS Timecode on it at the time.
    I have had the HDDVD and have the BD of Grand Prix and will let you know what it looks like from the second row in Bradford.
    I remember when i saw HTWWW in Digital at Bradford a few years ago someone said it looked better on the Cinerama screen
    that the 1971 70mm release.

    Apparently that 70mm print of Grand Prix has been screened at some point with a separate soundtrack running alongside the film but as this is a digital only screening it obviously was not something that was on the table.

    I can tell you that the 70mm print that I saw of HTWWW looked quite horrible and I went out of the screening after a few minutes as surely the Blu-ray looked a lot better. Sharpness was not up to usual 70mm standards and then there were of course all the obvious issues of bringing Cinerama to one strip of film so for me it will be one of the digital versions unless I can see a three strip presentation.

    Looking forward to what you say about Grand Prix, maybe it looks a bit better than the Blu-ray.

    There is a very telling scene I thought where the drivers are looking at a map with many small letters and it was very obvious that in the 70mm version the bigger letters at least were really distinct while on the HD-DVD it was rather fuzzy. That missing of the highest frequncy response parts of the picture .is one of the things that separate the good from he great releases.

  15. Garysb

    Are the panel lines visible on the DCP of HTWWW ?

    I'm going to make an assumption here [dangerous, I know, but still]:
    1. The DCP for HTWWW is derived from the WB restoration undertaken for the BD; therefore
    2. The panel lines should be no more visible in the DCP than they are on the BD
    Also, any scenes shot in Ultra Panavision or Todd-AO for HTWWW [and yes, there are a few, including stock footage borrowed from Raintree County and process shots using rear projected UP elements] shouldn't have panel lines.

  16. Stephen_J_H

    I'd love to attend, but it's not going to work with my schedule. *sigh* I'm hoping there will be future events of this kind.

    Same here. I'm out of vacation days for calendar year 2018, so I just don't have the ability to take the time off from work to fly to California for this. But I would be absolutely delighted to do so in the future.

    That would be my one humble request for the organizers of this festival – and I realize it's not always possible – but I think there are people from around the country who would be very happy to attend something like this, but need a bit more time to be able to arrange to have the time off from work, put money aside for travel and lodging expenses, etc. If it's in any way possible, I would love to get a future "save the date" notice maybe six months or longer in advance so that I could be able to get everything all lined up to be able to visit. I totally get that it's not possible to plan that far in advance for certain things, and I certainly don't begrudge the festival organizers for the shorter lead time on this one, but I hope to be able to attend one day in the future.

    I have never seen a Cinerama film on an actual Cinerama screen. The closest I came was when I visited L.A. in 2014 and saw Ghostbusters at the Dome. I'm so happy I went, but it's just not the same as it would have been seeing a film that was either made in three panel Cinerama, or shot single strip but still intended for the Cinerama screen. That's pretty much my cinema holy grail at this point.

  17. John Sparks

    I saw one movie at the Dome and I, for the life of me, can't remember it. I do remember learning to tiller (steering the back end of a fire truck) in the parking lot back in the late 70's.

    When I converse with you, John, I feel like it's a real life version of Naked City ("there are a million stories in the naked city….) 🙂

    I've seen This Is Cinerama, T2, and Gladiator at the Dome.

  18. I'm so damn old I remember when my dad took my brother and me to the Cinerama theatre in Memphis, Tn. to see This Is Cinerama. I've still got the program given us when we entered the theatre. That experience was the driving force that sent me into a life of movies and theatres. I was never the same again!! The next time I saw a three panel Cinerama presentation was in 2002 at the Dome in Hollywood. The Dome put on a flawless presentation of HTWWW. Good times!!

  19. Would be curious to hear from anyone who sees the DCP version of HTWWW and also saw the 3 panel version at the Dome previously. I was fortunate enough to see the 3 panel version at the Dome during a visit to LA a few years ago and thought it was spectacular. This was the only time I have seen a Cinerama film as it was meant to be seen.

  20. Special guests for Oct 21st showing of How “The West Was Won” will be Todd Fisher, Debbie Reynold’s son, who was often on the set with his Mom. He is planning to bring some home movies the family shot during the filming. Also actor Stanley Livingston (who played George Peppard’s son) will be there.

    For the “Mad Mad World” screening Director Stanley Kramer’s wife, Karen Kramer and daughter will talk before the film along with Sandy Hackett, Buddy’s son.

  21. DFurr

    I know I'm in the minority here but for some reason I just can't get excited about a DCP of a 3 panel Cinerama treasure.

    Get excited then. I've seen them all in DCP at Bradford and can recommend them.

    (apart from TWWOTBG obviously which I've only seen in 3 panel).

  22. nara

    Get excited then. I've seen them all in DCP at Bradford and can recommend them.

    (apart from TWWOTBG obviously which I've only seen in 3 panel).

    Well here in podunk Alabama, our chances to see these classics on a big screen are exactly nil. 🙂

  23. Did any of the Cinerama Dome aficionados here happen to attend the screening of GRAND PRIX the other night at the Cinerama Festival and hear what a guest speaker said about there being a restoration in the works for THE WONDERFUL WORLD OF THE BROTHERS GRIMM? A good friend of mine was there, heard it, but he did not know there is a bit of a raging debate on the subject on another thread here so he did not make a note of who the speaker was or how much authority he might have to make such an announcement. Just trying to find out if anyone can corroborate what was actually said about a restoration of that movie.

    Thanks for any help you can offer.

  24. As someone with a measure of experience with MAD WORLD, I can tell you that the DCP is sharper than a 70mm print. Take the climactic chase. In 70mm, the theatre marquee is not legible. In digital, it's clear as crystal: GREGORY PECK ROBERT MITCHUM CAPE FEAR. (As I mentioned on the commentary track, Barrie Chase is coincidentally in both films.)

    As for sitting close, Lowell Thomas himself said that the first three rows provided the optimal viewing experience. I always sit in the front row if it's available. As Jim Backus says, "It's the only way to fly!"

    Mike S.

  25. cadavra

    As someone with a measure of experience with MAD WORLD, I can tell you that the DCP is sharper than a 70mm print. Take the climactic chase. In 70mm, the theatre marquee is not legible. In digital, it's clear as crystal: GREGORY PECK ROBERT MITCHUM CAPE FEAR. (As I mentioned on the commentary track, Barrie Chase is coincidentally in both films.)

    As for sitting close, Lowell Thomas himself said that the first three rows provided the optimal viewing experience. I always sit in the front row if it's available. As Jim Backus says, "It's the only way to fly!"

    Mike S.

    I totally disagree with you. Digital projection in cinemas has NO DEPTH -a common complaint from many film critics. I saw IAMMMMW many times in cinerama where I worked on it's original release. I very rarely visit a cinema now as I hate the extremely poor quality of the projected digital image-lacking in both clarity and depth. If digital was really that good then why do many film buffs prefer seeing a film in 35mm rather than digital, if given the choice? Why are people still flocking to see 70mm films if given the preference between digital and film projection. If treated with respect film will last for generations longer than that of the digital version .Remember that digital images don't last forever.

  26. cinemiracle

    I totally disagree with you. Digital projection in cinemas has NO DEPTH -a common complaint from many film critics. I saw IAMMMMW many times in cinerama where I worked on it's original release. I very rarely visit a cinema now as I hate the extremely poor quality of the projected digital image-lacking in both clarity and depth. If digital was really that good then why do many film buffs prefer seeing a film in 35mm rather than digital, if given the choice? Why are people still flocking to see 70mm films if given the preference between digital and film projection. If treated with respect film will last for generations longer than that of the digital version .Remember that digital images don't last forever.

    Also why are studios still producing new 35mm prints of many classic films if digital is superior?

  27. cinemiracle

    Also why are studios still producing new 35mm prints of many classic films if digital is superior?

    Several years ago the demand for 35mm film (especially for release prints ) had dropped so precipitously that it looked like there wouldn't be enough business to allow even one lab/supplier to stay afloat. The studios committed to a deal which guarantees a minimum purchase of film per year to allow the few remaining labs to stay open. Most 35mm is used for archival purposes ( yes, everything is still turned into 35mm negative at the major studios) or for the remaining filmmakers who still choose to shoot on film. Throwing off a few 35mm prints for the rep circuit to meet a purchase quota is no real indication of anything.

  28. cinemiracle

    I totally disagree with you. Digital projection in cinemas has NO DEPTH -a common complaint from many film critics. I saw IAMMMMW many times in cinerama where I worked on it's original release. I very rarely visit a cinema now as I hate the extremely poor quality of the projected digital image-lacking in both clarity and depth. If digital was really that good then why do many film buffs prefer seeing a film in 35mm rather than digital, if given the choice? Why are people still flocking to see 70mm films if given the preference between digital and film projection. If treated with respect film will last for generations longer than that of the digital version .Remember that digital images don't last forever.

    We're talking about exhibition. Film is still mandatory for preservation, and should also be available for production to them what prefers it (Nolan, Scorsese, Spielberg, Tarantino, etc.). But I've seen film and DCP projected back-to-back (as double features), and there is no competition. The digital image is brighter, sharper, cleaner, always in focus, in frame, correct lens/aspect ratio, no scratches, splices, burns, missing footage, jiggling from missing perfs, tears, blown reel changes or motorboating on the soundtrack. Those who stubbornly cling to film as an exhibition medium are the descendants of those who once said, "Oh, sure, the automobile is all well and good, but I like my horse and buggy. I can brush him, feed him sugar cubes and clean up after him." Times change, technology changes, and we have to change with them or get left behind.

    Mike S.

  29. cadavra

    We're talking about exhibition. Film is still mandatory for preservation, and should also be available for production to them what prefers it (Nolan, Scorsese, Spielberg, Tarantino, etc.). But I've seen film and DCP projected back-to-back (as double features), and there is no competition. The digital image is brighter, sharper, cleaner, always in focus, in frame, correct lens/aspect ratio, no scratches, splices, burns, missing footage, jiggling from missing perfs, tears, blown reel changes or motorboating on the soundtrack. Those who stubbornly cling to film as an exhibition medium are the descendants of those who once said, "Oh, sure, the automobile is all well and good, but I like my horse and buggy. I can brush him, feed him sugar cubes and clean up after him." Times change, technology changes, and we have to change with them or get left behind.

    Mike S.

    Everyone is entitled to their own opinions.You have yours and I have mine. I still disagree with you .I worked in the industry for 45 years so I know what I am talking about.

Leave a Reply