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Thursday, February 16, 2006


One of my favorite movie theatres in Hollywood is the Arclight at the Cinerama Dome.

"Cinerama Dome?" you say. Yes. It's a geodesic dome designed by Welton Becket & Associates and built in 1963 to take advantage of the then revolutionary Cinerama format, an extremely wide picture that spanned the 32' x 86' curved screen. As is often the case here in Los Angeles, something once beautiful and revered slowly fell into disrepair and disfavor. Refurbished a couple years ago, the dome became part of the Arclight which includes several other screens and a cafe.

The Arclight is expensive. A Friday night screening including 2 hours free parking costs $14. But there are bonuses. Ushers actually take you to your assigned seat. "Welcomers" actually introduce the film to the audience before the film starts. No one is admitted ten minutes after the movie begins. And the seats, while not as comfortable as the ones at the Egyptian Theatre, are unusually roomy. [Note: for legroom, you can't beat the Vista Theatre, where they have removed every other row so you can really stretch out.]

Is it all worth the extra money? Beats me. I'm at the point where I don't understand why anything costs what it does. Truth be told, I'm just a combover and a pack of White Owls away from full-on curmudgeon status.

Last weekend, though we got an added bonus. Cindy, friends Julia and Chris and I went to see Brokeback Mountain (perhaps you've heard of it) at the Arclight. Standing next to us in line was Edward James Olmos.



At 2/16/2006 8:19 PM, Anonymous said...


Love reading the blog...as usual. I always have to bring up my EJO encounter when his name is mentioned. We were photographing him at my old university, and I got my pic snapped with him. I know, it's out of focus, which is lame for a photographer. Oh, and my hair was in an "experimental" phase.



At 2/17/2006 6:15 AM, Tom in L.A. said...

Cool! The blurriness is understandable considering you were in the presence of such greatness.

He was at the movies either with his daughter (which would be sweet) or his girlfriend (which would be perverted).

My favorite work of his is Stand and Deliver.


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