Dolby Theatre - Was The Kodak Theatre, Los Angeles
The huge and ultra-modern Hollywood/Highland shopping complex is located right next to the Chinese Theater, along the famous "Walk of Fame" and offers a multitude of shopping and restaurants. You can also find night-clubs, enjoy the "Lucky Strike"-Bowling Alley; or you can just sit around watching the fountains or people walking by. If you have time, you might be able to catch a show at the famous Kodak theater. The Kodak also offers tours to get an behind-the-scenes glimpse on where the Oscar-ceremonies are held.
There is parking under the Kodak; most restaurants validate. We looked around and went for street-parking - mostly free!
The famous Kodak Theater, on Hollywood Blvd, is part theater & part mall. It's also got a lot of the "tonier" shops and eateries. Sit down in the courtyard, take a rest and hear some live entertainment. Go up a few levels and get some pictures-it's got a good view of the Hollywood sign.
My friend and I weren't sure whether to take this tour at first, because at $15 for 30 mins, it's certainly not cheap. BUT, if you watch the Oscars, it's a must. You get a 1/2 hour tour around the Kodak Theatre, the now permanent home of the Oscars. You get to see an Oscar, tour a V.I.P room, but most importantly, get to stand on stage and then sit in any seat you want. I sat in Renee Zellwegger's seat, Nicole Kidman's and Peter Jackson's, from this year's Oscars. The theatre's so much smaller than it appears on t.v, and it's surreal to be standing where Billy Crystal was only a few weeks ago. Well worth the $15 and I'd definitely do it again. NOTE: Arrive 10 mins early. The tour begis every 30 mins and no latecomers are admitted. You can use your ticket for the next tour though.
The 3,400 seat theatre opened in November 2001 and soon thereafter became the first permanent home of the Academy Awards®.
Notable television and awards events at Kodak Theatre have included the American Idol finals (season 2 if I'm not mistaken), AFI Lifetime Achievement Awards to Tom Hanks, Meryl Streep, and George Lucas, Daytime Emmy Awards, ESPY Awards and BET Awards.
It was in this theater the Oscars 2002 took place. It is a new theater it was built 2002.
They also have a shopping center in this building. Modern Hollywood. I liked the old Hollywood better how it was in the 1950.
The Red Carpet was not rolled out when I went to the newly named "Dolby Theatre." This theater, originally known as the Kodak Theatre, is the venue for plays, operas, ballets and other live performances,lLike "American Idol" as well as the, "Home to the Academy Awards."
The style was inspired by Opera Houses of Europe and equipped with state-of-the-art technology.
They offer a Tour Monday through Friday 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. I did not take the tour because I wasn't aware that one was available. The Price of the Tour is about $17.00. However, it is also included in the City Pass.
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
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.
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
Kodak Theatre is a home of Oskar Ceremony. It is a part of a large complex with shops and restaurants. It is also a good place to see the Hollywood sign although there are much better views from Mulholland Drive.
Home to the Oscars and various major events in Hollywood, the Kodak Theatre sits along Hollywood Boulevard and is an extension of the Hollywood and Highland Center of which I will be blogging about and have a post later this week.
When you walk in the complex you are surrounded by high end retail such as Louis Vuitton, Giordano etc... With the lighting and white and gold columns and adornments, this theatre center is truly a star studded event in it's own right. The stairs are actually covered in red velvet with tiny gold star lights. When you walk up the stairs you come to the entrance of the Kodak Theatre box office which you can see in the second photo. Above you is a huge white and gold dome. I did snap a photo of that but because of the lighting and time of day it did not come out well.
As you can see in the first photo this is a major tourist destination as well so all the Hollywood characters - superman, spiderman, Elvis etc... congregate outside this complex. It is really beautiful inside and something you should at least see while there. They also have tours of the inside of the theatre.
Opened in November 2001, the interior is inspired by the elegance of a European opera house, with state-of-the-art technical.
See one of the shows or do the guided theatre tour - your choice!
With the guided tour, see an Oscar statuette, Academy Awards images, gain an insider's view of behind-the-scenes production...
10:30am - 2:30pm daily. Tour departs every 1/2 hour and is approx. 30 minutes.
$10 Youth (ages 3-12)/ Seniors/ Students (with valid school ID)
It gave me the shivers... to be in the spot of The Oscars... just to imagine all the people who have walked along here -especially the ones walking on the red carpet :-)
The Kodak Theatre ....... where the Oscars Awards were given out just a few days ago. And where the America Idols Finals will be held soon.