6801 Hollywood Boulevard,
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Dolby Theatre (Official)
Architects: David Rockwell
Previous Names: Kodak Theatre, Hollywood and Highland Center
This theatre is home of the annual Academy Awards ceremonies (the Oscars) plus many live performances. First called the Kodak Theatre, then for a short time Hollywood and Highland Center and now the Dolby Theatre. The theatre is Dolby 3D, “a state-of-art imaging solution” and Dolby Atoms that delivers the most natural, life-like and immersive sound format and involves the placement of speakers all around the theatre as well as across the ceiling. The system is designed to transmit up to 128 simultaneous and lossless audio channels, and renders from 5.1 up to 64 discrete speaker feeds. The Dolby Theatre can host the world’s biggest movie premieres.
The Dolby Theatre had its grand opening on June 18, 2012 when it screened in Dolby 3D Disney/Pixar’s premiere of “Brave”, as part of the Los Angeles Film Festival.
Originally on this site was the famed Hollywood Hotel which was demolished in 1956, and remained an empty plot of land until the Kodak Theatre was built. The Kodak Theatre originally opened on November 9, 2001 with opera singer Russell Watson accompanied by the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra. It cost $94 million to build. The theatre has a five story lobby with a spiraling stairway, three balconies and twenty opera boxes. The stage is one of the largest in the United States, 120 feet wide and 75 feet deep and the proscenium is 64 feet wide and 35 feet high.
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