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  Hollywood/Highland

Owner CIM Group

Type Indoor theatre

Seating type Reserved

Capacity 3,400 [1]

Construction

Broke ground 1997

Built 2001

Opened November 9, 2001

Construction cost $94 million[2]

General contractor McCarthy Building Companies

Website

dolbytheatre.com

The Dolby
Dolby
Theatre
Theatre
(formerly known as the Kodak Theatre) is a live-performance auditorium in the Hollywood
Hollywood
and Highland Center shopping mall and entertainment complex, on Hollywood
Hollywood
Boulevard and Highland Avenue, in the Hollywood
Hollywood
district of Los Angeles, United States. Since its opening on November 9, 2001, the theater has hosted the Academy Awards
Academy Awards
ceremonies (the Oscars), initially held there in March 2002. It is adjacent to the Grauman's Chinese Theatre
Theatre
and the El Capitan Theatre
Theatre
on nearby Hollywood
Hollywood
Boulevard.

Contents

1 Architecture 2 History 3 See also 4 References 5 External links

Architecture[edit] The theater was designed by David Rockwell of the Rockwell Group, with Theatre
Theatre
Projects Consultants, specifically with the Oscar ceremonies in mind.[3] Though the stage is one of the largest in the United States—roughly tied with the Edward C. Elliott Hall of Music
Edward C. Elliott Hall of Music
at 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,[2] 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
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
Hollywood
movie-making, the building is dressed before the Academy Awards
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. History[edit]

The Grand Staircase leading up to the Dolby
Dolby
Theatre

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 Adele, Neil Young, Christina Aguilera, Elissa, Céline Dion, Andrea Bocelli, Dixie Chicks, Mariah Carey, Beyoncé Knowles, Alicia Keys, Elvis Costello, Vanilla Ice, Joe Bonamassa, Charice, Philipp Kirkorov, The Corrs, Barry Manilow, Prince, The New Power Generation, Ian Anderson, David Gilmour, Persian Singers such as Googoosh
Googoosh
, Siavash Ghomayshi
Siavash Ghomayshi
,Shohreh Solati, Leila Forouhar, Andy Madadian and 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.[4] In early 2012, Eastman Kodak
Eastman Kodak
filed for bankruptcy protection, and thus ended its naming-rights deal. Then, the theater's name was temporarily changed to The Hollywood
Hollywood
and Highland Center,[5] at the suggestion of the venue's landlord.[6] On May 1, 2012, it was announced that the venue would be renamed the Dolby
Dolby
Theatre, after Dolby
Dolby
Laboratories signed a 20-year naming-rights deal.[7] Dolby
Dolby
updated the sound system first by installing Dolby
Dolby
Atmos. The company plans to continue updating the auditorium with newer technologies as they become available.[8] From September 2011 until early 2013, the venue was home to the permanent Los Angeles
Los Angeles
Cirque du Soleil
Cirque du Soleil
show, Iris, an acrobatic journey through the world of cinema, featuring an original score by Danny Elfman.[9] 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.[9] After hosting the Academy Awards on February 24, 2013, the theater reopened for touring acts and headliners. 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 Christmas season. See also[edit]

Los Angeles
Los Angeles
portal

List of concert venues L.A. Live

References[edit]

^ "About the Dolby
Dolby
Theatre". Dolby
Dolby
Theatre. Retrieved 19 June 2015.  ^ a b "Profile". Kodak Theatre. Archived from the original on April 16, 2012. Retrieved May 2, 2012.  ^ John Calhoun (1 April 2002). "A Kodak Moment". Live Design Online. Retrieved February 14, 2012.  ^ "Kodak Theatre". Kodak Theatre. Archived from the original on April 16, 2012. Retrieved February 14, 2012.  ^ Finke, Nikki (1 May 2012). "Kodak Theatre
Theatre
- Oscars Keeps Home At Hollywood
Hollywood
& Highland In Newly Named Dolby
Dolby
Theatre". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved 13 October 2012.  ^ Higgins, Kat. "Goodbye Kodak: New Name For The Home Of The Oscars". Sky News. Retrieved February 25, 2012.  ^ "Oscars' home renamed Dolby
Dolby
Theatre". CBS News. Archived from the original on May 2, 2012. Retrieved May 1, 2012.  ^ "Introducing the Dolby
Dolby
Theatre". Dolby.  ^ a b David Ng; David Zahniser (November 30, 2012). "Cirque du Soleil's extravagant 'Iris' will close Jan. 19". Los Angeles Times. 

External links[edit]

Wikimedia Commons has media related to Kodak Theatre.

Official Website of the Dolby
Dolby
Theatre

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Venues of the Academy Awards
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Hollywood
Roosevelt Hotel (1929) Ambassador Hotel (1930) Biltmore Hotel (1931) Ambassador Hotel (1932–1934) Biltmore Hotel (1935–1939) Ambassador Hotel (1940) Biltmore Hotel (1941–1942) Ambassador Hotel (1943) Chinese Theatre
Theatre
(1944–1946) Shrine Auditorium
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(1947–1948) The Academy Theater (1949) RKO Pantages Theatre
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(1950–1952) RKO Pantages Theatre
Theatre
/ NBC International Theatre
Theatre
(1953) RKO Pantages Theatre
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/ NBC Century Theater (1954–1957) RKO Pantages Theatre
Theatre
(1958–1960) Santa Monica Civic Auditorium
Santa Monica Civic Auditorium
(1961–1968) Dorothy Chandler Pavilion
Dorothy Chandler Pavilion
(1969–1987) Shrine Auditorium
Shrine Auditorium
(1988–1989) Dorothy Chandler Pavilion
Dorothy Chandler Pavilion
(1990) Shrine Auditorium
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(1991) Dorothy Chandler Pavilion
Dorothy Chandler Pavilion
(1992–1994) Shrine Auditorium
Shrine Auditorium
(1995) Dorothy Chandler Pavilion
Dorothy Chandler Pavilion
(1996) Shrine Auditorium
Shrine Auditorium
(1997–1998) Dorothy Chandler Pavilion
Dorothy Chandler Pavilion
(1999) Shrine Auditorium
Shrine Auditorium
(2000–2001) Dolby
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(2002–present)

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Venues of the BET Awards ceremonies

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(2001) Kodak Theatre
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(2002–05) Shrine Auditorium
Shrine Auditorium
(2006–12) Microsoft Theater
Microsoft Theater
(2013)

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Venues of the Latin Grammy Award
Latin Grammy Award
ceremonies

Staples Center
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(2000) Conga Room
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(2001) Kodak Theatre
Theatre
(2002) American Airlines Arena
American Airlines Arena
(2003) Shrine Auditorium
Shrine Auditorium
(2004–2005) Madison Square Garden
Madison Square Garden
(2006) Mandalay Bay Events Center
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(2007) Toyota Center
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(2008) Mandalay Bay Events Center
Mandalay Bay Events Center
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MGM Grand Garden Arena
(2014-2015, 2017) T-Mobile Arena
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(2016)

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