Kodak Theatre, Hollywood

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6801 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, CA 323-308-6363

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    In the Heart of Hollywood

    by Donna_in_India Updated Apr 11, 2009

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    Located next to Grauman's Chinese Theater, the Kodak Theater is part of the Hollywood & Highland Center retail, dining and entertainment complex. The theater itself opened in 2001. It cost $94 million to build and can seat 3,332. It was designed to serve the enormous technical needs of a live global broadcast on Oscar night and became the first permanent home of the Academy Awards.

    It is also a concert venue having hosted artists such as Celine Dion and Alicia Keys, and events such as the American Ballet Theater, the American Idol Finals, Daytime Emmy Awards and ESPY Awards.

    While we were there, they were preparing for the Academy Awards - tight security all around. We didn't have more than a chance to take a quick look inside but it looks spectacular.

    "Guided theatre tours are offered seven days a week from 10:30 am to 2:30 pm, departing every 30 minutes. The walking tour offers visitors architectural and historical highlights of the world-renowned venue, as well as a glimpse of the ultra glamorous side of Kodak Theatre on Hollywood’s biggest night – the Oscars."

    Tour Tickets:
    Adults $15
    Seniors (65 & over) $10
    Youth (17 & under) $10
    Children (under 3) Free

    Regular Box Office Hours:
    Mon – Sat: 10am-4pm
    Sun: 10am-2:30pm

    Check the website for upcoming events and concerts.

    ** If you would like to be one of the lucky 300 people sitting in the bleachers in front of the red carpet on Oscar night, go online and register for the Academy Awards Bleacher Lottery at http://www.oscars.org/bleachers in early September. (Check early for the Lottery registration date.) Then follow all online registration instructions.

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    Oscar's Anyone?

    by machomikemd Updated Nov 25, 2009

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    the theater of the Oscar's. As Everyone Knows, This is the Annual Site of the Academy Awards (Also known as Oscars) since 2002. Although this is known as the Oscar's Roost, the kodak theater also offers as a venue for televised theatre performance. The theatre is rented to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for weeks before the Oscar night. During the rest of the year, it hosts numerous live concerts, award shows, symphony performances and others. The theater is just located beside the Grauman's Theater and off course, the theater hos lots of luxury shops inside where you can go shoping with 5 levels of pure shopping heaven.

    Regular Box Office Hours:
    Mon to Sat: 10am-6pm
    Sun: 10am-2:30pm

    Guided tours of Kodak Theatre are available seven days a week from 10:30 am to 4:00 pm from June 1 to August 31, and from 10:30 am to 2:30 pm the remainder of the year. Tours depart every half hour from Level 2 entrance and last approximately 30 minutes.


    DAILY 10:30am to 2:30pm

    Schedule and access to certain areas of the theatre is subject to change due to performance schedules.


    Adults $15
    Seniors (65 & over) $10
    Youth (17 & under) $10
    Children (under 3) Free
    (strollers will be checked at the door)

    Tickets may be purchased at the Kodak Theatre box office up to seven days in advance. Kodak Theatre Tours are included in the Hollywood CityPass. For more information, visit www.citypass.com

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    • Architecture

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    Kodak Theatre Tour - Be a Star

    by AkiSan Updated Mar 9, 2005
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    The Kodak Theatre is known as the current home of the Oscars and of several popular events like the ESPY's and Essence Awards, as well as a theater and concert venue for performers and acts such as Barry Manilow, the Russian Ballet, and Prince.

    For $15 you can take a guided tour that lasts about 45 minutes.

    The tours are held when no events are scheduled, usually between 10am and 4pm. If a show is setting up or there's a rehearsal going on, your tour may be modified to fit. I know people who have taken the tour who have gone on stage, and I know others who have taken the tour who didn't go on stage, but were able to watch part of rehearsal. It all depends on what's going on that day. Ask the Kodak Theatre staff when you call.

    The tour guides are very knowledgeable and are open to questions. Many of them have worked in the Hollywood area for a while and have stories to tell of celebs. There is (at the time of this writing) one Oscar on display at the Theatre as well. The Kodak Theatre website says "no photography" during the tour, but I know I took some photos while taking a tour and I've seen other photos from tours, so maybe the policy is relaxed.

    The interior of the Kodak Theatre is very nice. Some of the walls are "special" - take the tour or read a site description and you'll see what I mean. I think it reminds one of the traditional European opera houses, but with a modern feel.

    The tour itself takes you up and down a few stairs - if you have accessibility issues, call and find out what can be accommodated in advance.

    All in all, if you're going to do the "tourist thing", this is a great activity.

    If you're going to be in Hollywood, the Kodak Theatre tour fits in well with a trip to Mann's Chinese Theatre next door (to play in the footprints or to catch a movie), or up the street a ways to the Hollywood Bowl. The Hollywood & Highland complex that surrounds the Kodak Theatre is still a work in progress: retailers have had varying degrees of success there, so shopping can be so-so.

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