Kodak Theatre, Hollywood

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The Kodak Theatre is located at the  Hollywood  & Highland Centre on  Hollywood  Boulevard and North Highland Avenue in  Hollywood . This live theatre designed by David Rockwell is the venue of the annual Academy Awards. It was opened on November 9, 2001 with a seating capacity for 3,332 people.

The theatre was built at a cost of $94 million with active sponsorship from Eastman Kodak Company. Some of the famous artists performed at the theatre include Celine Dion, Prince, Alicia Keys, Barry Manilow and Melissa Etheridge.

A towering portal at  Hollywood  Boulevard is the entrance to the Kodak Theatre.It leads to a two-story Awards Walk where backlit glass plaques of Best Oscar winners are displayed on a series of limestone portals.

A grand spiral staircase surrounds the five level theatre lobby. There are twenty six images of famous Oscar winners that include Marlon Brando, Grace Kelly, Julia Robert and Grace Kelly displayed on four lobby levels. There is an exclusive George Eastman room where the Oscar® statuette awarded to Kodak Company is displayed.

The audience chamber is provided with cherry wood finishing and deep plum upholstery. The iridescent fabric curtains and fine bronze mesh provide extra glow inside.

Everyday from 10.30 am to 2.30 pm guided tours are offered to the visitors with an opportunity to learn the historical and architectural importance of the famous theatre.The 30 minutes tour will take the visitors to the lobby area, the lobby bar and up to a balcony view of the auditorium. The guided tour will not be available two weeks before the academy awards. The tickets to the guided tour can be purchased at the theatre’s box office seven days in advance. Children under three years are offered free entry to the theatre.

Over one billion viewers attended the 83rd Academy Awards ceremony on Feb-27, 2011.The theatre is custom designed for the Oscar night and live TV broadcasts. During live broadcast a “media cockpit “will raise above the centre of the orchestra to accommodate camera, sound, lighting and other equipments. Three balconies and 20 opera boxes with digital screens are available at the theatre.The balconies are decorated with blue and fine fabric with glowing glass material.For the VIP’s there are separate entrances to the theatre and direct connection to the Renaissance hotel,  Hollywood .

The theatre was a venue for the AFI Lifetime Achievement Awards, Daytime Emmy Awards, and ESPY Awards and for the famous TV serial American Idol.


Source by Temperance Sparks

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