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'How the West Was Won' is back in the Cinerama Dome at ArcLight Hollywood.

September 04, 2008|Susan King | Times Staff Writer

Big-screen films didn't get much bigger or wider than in Cinerama.

And this Sunday, the Cinerama Dome at the ArcLight in Hollywood will show the landmark 1963 epic "How the West Was Won" in its recently restored original three-projector Cinerama format and seven-channel sound, just as it was presented at the Dome 45 years ago in its initial roadshow engagements. The Dome is one of only three theaters in the world left that is able to show Cinerama in all its widescreen glory. John Ford, Henry Hathaway and George Marshall directed the sprawling saga; Gregory Peck, Debbie Reynolds and James Stewart led the cast of thousands.

Three years after their triumph on "The Sound of Music," director Robert Wise and star actress Julie Andrews reunited for "Star!," the lavish 1968 musical bio-pic about legendary British actress Gertrude Lawrence. The film wasn't a box-office hit but has gained a loyal following over the decades. The American Cinematheque's Egyptian Theatre is presenting a beautiful new restored 70-millimeter print of the film, which also stars Daniel Massey in his Oscar-nominated role as Noel Coward, Friday evening.

With the stage musical version of "9 to 5" opening later this month at the Ahmanson, the Egyptian and Outfest are unspooling the original 1980 comedy hit -- starring Dolly Parton, Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin -- on Monday evening. Patricia Resnick, book writer for the musical, will discuss the stage show.

For The Record
Los Angeles Times Friday, September 05, 2008 Home Edition Main News Part A Page 2 National Desk 1 inches; 46 words Type of Material: Correction
"How the West Was Won": The Screening Room column in Thursday's Calendar said that the film "How the West Was Won" played at the Cinerama Dome during its initial release in 1963. In fact, the movie had its first L.A. engagement at the Warner Hollywood Theater.

And on Tuesday evening, the Egyptian will be strictly a "Fly" zone with a screening, co-presented with the LA Opera, of the original 1958 version of "The Fly" with David "Help Me" Hedison and Vincent Price, and 1959's "Return of the Fly" with Brett Halsey and Price. Both Hedison and Halsey will be on hand to dis- cuss their experiences mak- ing the classics.

Over at the Cinematheque's Aero Theatre, writer-director Nicholas Meyer will be offering live commentary Friday evening during the screening of his delightful 1979 "Time After Time," starring Malcolm McDowell as H.G. Wells chasing Jack the Ripper from the 1880s to the 1970s. And on Saturday evening, Jon Favreau will also comment on the making of his blockbuster "Iron Man."

Director Mark Rydell and actor Frederic Forrest will be on hand Sunday at the Aero to discuss 1979's "The Rose," which stars Oscar-nominated Bette Midler as a Janis Joplin-esque singer, Forrest and Alan Bates.


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