This article is about the venue in Los Angeles. For the cinema màn hình hiển thị concept, see Dolby Cinema. For the venue in Las Vegas, see Dolby Live
The Dolby Theatre (formerly known as the Kodak Theatre) is a live-performance auditorium in the Ovation Hollywood shopping mall and entertainment complex, on Hollywood Boulevard and Highland Avenue, in the Hollywood district of Los Angeles, California, United States. Since its opening on November 9, 2001, it has been the venue of the annual Academy Awards ceremony. It is adjacent to Grauman’s Chinese Theatre and near the El Capitan Theatre on Hollywood Boulevard.
Besides the Academy Awards, the venue has hosted other concerts & theatrical performances .
A năm nay photo of the Art Deco column displaying the 2012 lớn năm ngoái recipients of the Academy Award for Best Picture at the bottom, & blank spaces at the top for the then-yet-to-be-determined năm nay và 2017 winnersThe theater was designed by David Rockwell of the Rockwell Group specifically with the Oscar ceremonies in mind. [ tam ] Though the stage is one of the largest in the United States — roughly tied with the Elliott Hall of Music at Purdue University — measuring 113 feet ( 34 m ) wide & 60 feet ( 18 m ) deep, its seating capacity is only about half that of the Hall of Music, [ 2 ] accommodating 3,332 people .
The auditorium has become known as a venue for televised theatrical performances (e.g., 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 Khủng the grand stairway ( leading up mập the theater at the rear of the mua sắm complex ) 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, currently mix up phệ 2071 ). In a fashion reminiscent of Hollywood movie-making, the building is Fantasy Island 2023 Film Locations
essed before the Academy Awards ceremony, sometimes with a different sign on its façade, red drapery Khủng hide its storefronts, & the famous red carpet running up its grand stairway .
The theater was developed by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences ( AMPAS ) phệ overcome logistical issues it faced hosting the Academy Awards at other venues, such as the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion & Shrine Auditorium. [ bốn ] In August 1997, AMPAS and Canadian development firm TrizecHahn went into negotiations end the development of an entertainment complex located on the corner of Hollywood Boulevard và Highland Avenue adjacent lớn the Mann’s Chinese Theatre. [ 5 ] Seven months later, both the Academy và TrizecHahn agreed on a twenty-year lease that allowed for the ceremony bự be staged at the mới ra venue. [ 6 ] [ 7 ]The Academy Awards were first hosted at the hot nhất theater for its 74 th edition in 2002, marking the first thời gian it was held in Hollywood since the 32 nd ceremony at the Pantages Theatre in 1960. [ 6 ] It has been the venue for all Academy Awards ceremonies held since, with the only exception being the 93 rd Academy Awards in 2021 — which were downsized và moved mập Union Station due béo the COVID-19 pandemic. [ tám ]The theater was sponsored, until February 2012, by the Eastman Kodak Company, which paid USD 75 million for naming rights Khủng the building. [ 9 ] In early 2012, Eastman Kodak filed for bankruptcy protection, thus ending its naming-rights khuyến mãi. Then the theater’s name was temporarily changed phệ the Hollywood & Highland Center [ 10 ] at the suggestion of the venue’s landlord. [ 11 ]On May một, 2012, it was announced that the venue would be renamed the Dolby Theatre, after Dolby Laboratories signed a trăng tròn – year naming rights khuyến mãi. [ 12 ] Dolby updated the sound system first by installing Dolby Atmos. The company plans bự continue updating the auditorium with newer technologies as they become available. [ 13 ]
- The Grand Staircase leading up phệ the Dolby Theatre
- The entrance lớn the theatre ahead of the 2022 Oscars
Besides the Academy Awards, the theatre has hosted other award presentations. The American Film Institute has held its Life Achievement Award gala at the theatre, [ 14 ] It hosted the ba rd Annual Latin Grammy Awards in 2002 .
From September 2011 until early 2013, the venue hosted Iris, a Cirque du Soleil residency show inspired by the history of cinema. Significant changes were made to the theater to accommodate the show, 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.
The reality music competition series American Idol hosted its season finales from the Dolby Theatre during its original run on Fox in 2002, from 2004 to 2007, and in 2015 and 2016. From 2016 through 2021 (excluding 2020), the theatre hosted the live shows of the NBC reality competition America’s Got Talent.