Inside Move: How the ‘West’ was shown

Dome brings WB oater back in 3-strip format

The Duke’s loomin’ large in Hollywood again.

“How the West Was Won” — the Warner Bros. classic starring John Wayne, Gregory Peck, Henry Fonda and Debbie Reynolds — is set to unspool in its original Cinerama format for the first time in L.A. since 1965.

Pacific Theaters will screen “West” at the Cinerama Dome in Hollywood Sept. 12-25. Execs say the screening in it’s original “three-strip” Cinerama format underscores Pacific’s commitment to cinematic art.

“This presentation is the perfect example of how ArcLight Cinemas Hollywood has become a bridge between historic Hollywood and a new generation of movie lovers,” Pacific chief Christopher Forman says.

The three-strip process requires three projectors handling separate film strips, which are used to create a multipanel display on the 86-foot by 31-foot Cinerama Dome screen.

Film buffs say it’s a clearly superior way to view “West,” one of only two features filmed in the format, along with “The Adventures of the Brothers Grimm.”

Earlier this year, Warners screened “West” in its original format at a Cinerama venue in Seattle owned by media mogul Paul Allen.