November 9, 2001
McCarthy Building Companies
The DOLBY THEATRE (formerly known as the KODAK THEATRE) is a
live-performance auditorium in the
Hollywood and Highland Center
shopping mall and entertainment complex, on
Hollywood Boulevard and
Highland Avenue , in the
Hollywood district of
Los Angeles , United
States. Since its opening on November 9, 2001, the theater has hosted
Academy Awards ceremonies (the Oscars), initially held there in
March 2002. It is adjacent to the Grauman\'s Chinese
Theatre and the
Theatre on nearby
Hollywood Boulevard .
* 1 Architecture
* 2 History
* 3 See also
* 4 References
* 5 External links
The theater was designed by
David Rockwell of the Rockwell Group,
Theatre Projects Consultants, specifically with the Oscar
ceremonies in mind. Though the stage is one of the largest in the
United States —roughly tied with the Edward C. Elliott Hall of Music
Purdue University —measuring 113 ft (34 m) wide and 60 ft (18 m)
deep, its seating capacity is only about half the Hall of Music's,
accommodating 3,332 people.
The result of astute planning and technical design, the auditorium is
particularly successful as a venue for televised theatrical
performance (improving production values for
American Idol and the
Academy Awards). The architectural team consulted extensively with
leading production personnel in Hollywood, achieving a highly
functional cable infrastructure, with an underground cable bunker that
crosses under the theater to truck locations on adjacent streets.
Power is also substantial and accessible. The theater has a unique,
Rockwell-designed cockpit in the orchestra seating area for camera,
sound, and stage management.
The hall from the front entrance to the grand stairway (leading up to
the theater) is flanked by storefronts, as well as
Art Deco columns
displaying the names of past recipients of the Academy Award for Best
Picture , with blank spaces left for future Best Picture winners, well
into the 21st century. Currently the columns are set for Best Picture
up to 2071. In a fashion reminiscent of
Hollywood movie-making, the
building is dressed before the
Academy Awards ceremony, sometimes with
a different sign on its facade, red drapery to hide its storefronts,
and the famous red carpet running up its grand stairway.
The Grand Staircase leading up to the
The theater is rented to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and
Sciences for weeks before Oscar night. Having hosted the awards
annually since 2002, the theater is best known for this event.
During the rest of the year, it hosts numerous live concerts, awards
shows, symphony performances, and other events. Artists who have
appeared there include
Neil Young ,
Christina Aguilera ,
Elissa , Céline Dion ,
Andrea Bocelli ,
Dixie Chicks ,
Mariah Carey ,
Beyoncé Knowles ,
Alicia Keys ,
Elvis Costello ,
Vanilla Ice , Joe
Philipp Kirkorov ,
The Corrs ,
Barry Manilow ,
The New Power Generation , Ian Anderson ,
David Gilmour ,
Persian Singers such as
Shohreh Solati , Leila
Andy Madadian ,
Shadmehr Aghili . It has provided the stage
for musicals, dance shows, symphony performances, and opera .
The theater was sponsored, until February 2012, by the Eastman Kodak
Company, which paid $75 million for naming rights to the building. In
Eastman Kodak filed for bankruptcy protection, and thus
ended its naming-rights deal. Then, the theater's name was temporarily
changed to The
Hollywood and Highland Center, at the suggestion of
the venue's landlord. On May 1, 2012, it was announced that the venue
would be renamed the
Dolby Theatre, after
Dolby Laboratories signed a
20-year naming-rights deal.
Dolby updated the sound system first by
Dolby Atmos . The company plans to continue updating the
auditorium with newer technologies as they become available.
From September 2011 until early 2013, the venue was home to the
Cirque du Soleil
Cirque du Soleil show, Iris , an acrobatic
journey through the world of cinema, featuring an original score by
Danny Elfman . The show made significant changes to the theater,
including adding lifts deep under the original floor. It was announced
on November 29, 2012 that Iris would close on January 19, 2013 after
only two seasons, due to lack of profit. After hosting the Academy
Awards on February 24, 2013, the theater reopened for touring acts and
As of 2016, the theatre hosts the live shows of America\'s Got Talent
. It also hosts the
America's Got Talent
America's Got Talent Holiday Spectacular that
broadcasts live during the holiday season.
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* ^ "Kodak Theatre". Kodak Theatre. Archived from the original on
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* ^ Finke, Nikki (1 May 2012). "Kodak
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Hollywood & Highland In Newly Named
Dolby Theatre". Deadline
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* ^ Higgins, Kat. "Goodbye Kodak: New Name For The Home Of The
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* ^ "Oscars\' home renamed
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* ^ "Introducing the
* ^ A B David Ng; David Zahniser (November 30, 2012). "Cirque du
Soleil\'s extravagant \'Iris\' will close Jan. 19".
Los Angeles Times