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Steven Spielberg and others to celebrate Cinerama Dome's 50th

Still regarded as one of the finest theaters in Los Angeles, the Cinerama Dome will celebrate its 50th anniversary with an upcoming series of screenings and events. Designed by Welton Becket and Associates and completed in 1963, the structure was the world's first all-concrete geodesic dome, made from 316 interlocking panels. The theater itself features a screen 32 feet high and 86 feet wide.

The anniversary series opens on Tuesday with a screening of "Raiders of the Lost Ark" with a Q&A before the movie with its director, Steven Spielberg.

"It's A Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World" was the very first film screened in the Dome and ran for over 66 weeks. Stars Mickey Rooney, Marvin Kaplan and Barrie Chase are scheduled to attend.

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Director Oliver Stone will appear for a Q&A with a screening of his film "JFK." Star Michael York will be present for a Q&A with a screening of "Logan's Run."

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"American Beauty" will screen with a Q&A with star Thora Birch. "How The West Was Won" will also show in the series.

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The Dome continues to be a landmark structure and a hub of the city's cinema culture. Recent premieres held at the Dome include Edgar Wright's "The World's End," James Wan's "The Conjuring," Dave Grohl's "Sound City" and Jonathan Levine's "Warm Bodies."

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