Facebook group forms to help save Cinedome 70

posted by CSWalczak on May 24, 2010 at 10:46 am

RIVERDALE, UT — Over 2,400 people have joined a Facebook group established to help save the Cinedome 70, a twin-domed theater closed since 2001 and threatened with demolition for a car dealership. It is similar in design to domed theaters built in Sacramento and around the San Francisco Bay area that are rapidly disappearing.

“It would be much better served in the community as a place for art and culture, rather than just another car lot.”

Glines said Riverdale already has an abundance of car dealerships, but what it is lacking is uniqueness.

“I think putting a dealership here would be directly going against the wishes of the people,” he said.

Read the full story in the Standard-Examiner.

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Comments (3)

LawMann on May 24, 2010 at 12:04 pm

We still have a domed theatre in Los Angeles called the Cinerama Dome which is now run by Archlight. To insure it’s survival 14 screens were added in about 2002. Today the Dome runs first run film and has been updated to run digital.

CSWalczak on May 24, 2010 at 1:18 pm

The Welton Becket-designed Cinerama Dome in Hollywood is a a unique theater (although Cinerama, Inc. once announced that it would be the prototype for other theaters it planned to build around the world). The Cinedome 70 appears to be one of a number of theaters of similar (if not identical) design created by architect Vincent G. Raney which were built in Sacramento, Reno, San Jose, Fremont, Napa, and Orange, CA. A few of these, such as the ones in San Jose and Reno, did show a few of the 70mm Cinerama films on louvered screens. Many of these were later subdivided. There was also a domed Cinerama theater in Las Vegas which has been demolished,

CSWalczak on May 25, 2010 at 2:39 am

A related article; the Facebook group now numbers over five thousand: View link

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