Certainly it's nice to see so much recognition being poured upon the Cinerama Dome in Hollywood ("Retrospective Recaps History of 'the Dome,' " by Jack Mathews, Nov. 1).
But let's not forget that the Dome was not the first Cinerama theater in California. Rather, that distinction belonged to the Cinerama Theater in San Diego, which was closed and torn down earlier this year.
As a longtime employee of that theater, I can only look upon the current events with a bit of regret for what was once the premiere showcase theater in San Diego.
The Cinerama San Diego opened Nov. 20, 1962, with "The Wonderful World of the Brothers Grimm" and continued to play films in the true Cinerama format for another year. Its opening was marked by visits from Hollywood guests such as Barbara Eden and George Pal, and was covered live by local television.