“Forgotten Hollywood”- It’s a Sad Sad Sad Sad Closing…

Posted on April 14, 2021 by raideoman1 | No Comments

Manny P. here…

“`Arguably the defining mid-century movie palace of Los Angeles, the Cinerama Dome, which debuted in 1963, is one of Hollywood’s most enduring and instantly recognizable architectural landmarks. Now, it is set to shut down as part of the Arclight closures announced this week.

“`When the Cinerama Dome and its curved,  eighty-six-foot-wide screen debuted following the breakneck sixteen-week construction period for the premiere of Stanley Kramer’s  It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World, this was the first new major movie theater to be built in Hollywood in over thirty years. Kramer’s film, a single-lens Cinerama production, enjoyed a whopping sixty-six-week run!


“`On a personal note, I was at an opening of Back to the Future a number of years back at the Dome. I was also lucky enough to see It’s a Mad Mad Mad World when it made one of its many returns to the iconic theater.

“`Long among the highest-grossing theaters in America, the Dome is the latest casualty of the pandemic that has kept many of the world’s cinemas closed for more than a year. Fortunately, the Cinerama Dome secured city landmark status in 1998 from the Los Angeles Conservancy. This means that there is almost no chance for the structure to be torn down.

“`Will it ever re-open? That is the real question.

Until next time>                               “never forget”

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