RIP – Pierre Cabrol, Architect of the Cinerama Dome

cineramaPierre Cabrol, an architect with Welton Becket and Associates who was the lead designer for the Cinerama Dome and other projects, died Oct. 8 at his home in Los Angeles, his family said. He was 84 and had dementia.

From 1957 to 1987 Cabrol worked for Becket, the noted Los Angeles architect whose designs include the iconic Capitol Records building in Hollywood and the Music Center in downtown Los Angeles. Cabrol, who had worked for innovative architect R. Buckminster Fuller while attending graduate school at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, used Fuller’s geodesic dome concept for the modernist movie palace that opened on Sunset Boulevard in Hollywood in 1963.

Most geodesic domes are aluminum or glass; the Cinerama Dome is the only one made of concrete. The landmark theater (now operated by ArcLight) has 316 interlocking hexagons that form its dome shell and, when it opened, could accommodate 959 patrons who viewed an 86-by-32-foot curved screen. (LA Times)


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