Dolby Theatre

6801 Hollywood Boulevard,
Los Angeles, CA 90028

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moviebuff82 on July 14, 2019 at 8:49 am

moviebuff82 on May 1, 2019 at 2:12 pm

How about American Idol?

KenLayton on February 24, 2019 at 1:29 pm

America’s Got Talent uses this theater for the live shows.

moviebuff82 on February 24, 2019 at 8:14 am

Dolby also has a pop up store over in NYC called Dolby SoHo according to their facebook page showcasing their big projects. Hopefully the Oscars sound good on my surround sound as it is at this venue tonight.

moviebuff82 on December 27, 2017 at 8:35 pm

Historically it was one of the first dolby theatres.

moviebuff82 on August 22, 2017 at 6:02 pm

Does the Dolby Theatre classify as a dolby cinema?

RobertEndres on January 22, 2013 at 7:49 am

Radio City never had 8,000 seats. The 5,940 total listed above is probably the most accurate. I was told by a vice-president when I started there that the 6,000 seat figure was to make the theatre competitive with the Roxy down the street. As the executive explained, “Well if you count the seats in the lobby and the restrooms we have 6,000 seats!” Even the 5,940 total varies with the attraction being presented. When the “pasarelle (SP?)” or ramp was in place around the perimiter of the orchestra pit to enable the Rockettes and performers to perform further out in the house, at least two rows in the front of the orchestra were removed to accomodate it. Of course, the big television broadcasts of the MTV Awards, Grammys, etc. required the loss of seats for camera and mix positions and even the use of video projectors for televised fights required the removal of a couple of rows of seats in one section at the back of the 1st Mezzanine. When the house was remodeled in 1979 the sound mix position was moved from the projection level to the front of the 2nd Mezzanine requiring the loss of seating. Thus the number of seats available for a given show is always a variable.

dtrigubetz on January 22, 2013 at 1:18 am

On my way to the Egyptian Theatre on 1/20, while wearing my IRIS cap and jacket, I checked to see the status of the Cirque boutique just outside the Dolby. As I suspected, the store was virtually stripped bare except for a few trinkets and coffee table books. I hope the Dolby will bring in some good acts/shows and puts discount tixs on Goldstar.

dtrigubetz on January 15, 2013 at 12:49 am

IRIS closed on 1/19/13, so I snared a $68 tix on Goldstar and went on 1/9. I had one of the best seats in the house, 2nd row in 1st balcony with two empty seats in front of me. I only give the show 3 out of 5 stars and Danny Elfman apparently phoned in the music-mediocre at best. I’ve been raiding the 75% off IRIS merchandise, sold both in the theatre and the outside boutique. Kudos to Cirque as not all items are made in China. My IRIS logo light zipper jacket, for only $18, was MADE IN USA.

dtrigubetz on July 27, 2012 at 11:35 am

A couple days ago I was on the Hollywood & Highland subway platform and eavesdropped on two Cirque du Soleil employees. As I suspected the “IRIS” show is drawing only about 1200 people per performance and at least 1500 is needed for break even.

Attendance will not improve until the city of L.A. rousts unlicensed vendors, obnoxious vagrants, panhandlers, aggressive tour sellers and assorted idiots. They also need to remove the kiosks directly on the street as they clog Hollywood Blvd and impede pedestrian traffic.

Brick and mortar merchants why have you not demanded action? I do see a number of prosperous looking tourist families(quite a few German speaking)who look like deer caught in the headlights as they try to navigate this unholy gauntlet.

FYI, I do spend my money frequently at the Egyptian, El Capitan and sometimes the Chinese, but many of these bummy street people litter and have zero sense of responsibility. Johhny Grant must be spinning in his grave.

CSWalczak on July 13, 2012 at 12:17 am

I was going by the seat count listed on its entry here on CT which says 5,940. It may have had more at some point.

RogerA on July 12, 2012 at 1:30 pm

Radio City Music Hall had 8,800 seats what happened did they remove some?

CSWalczak on June 29, 2012 at 12:17 am

I doubt if there is any real intent of using this theater as a regular exhibition site for films; as noted it was not really built for that purpose. The showing of “Brave” was a premiere event, and probably held there as much as anything just to show off the Dolby Atmos sound system.

But a theater seating 3,000 as “too big?” I suppose it is to some, given that were are in the era of the megaplex theater. But many golden age movie palaces sat around 3,000 people, and I have never heard or read any complaints that a place such as Radio City Music Hall – which has almost 6,000 seats – was a bad place to see a film. I thought it was wonderful when I was there

Giles on June 28, 2012 at 8:05 pm

I agree with Cliff, it’s the last place I want to see a movie at, it’s simply too large. So ‘Brave’ is here … and… the El Capitan down the block, interesting that the booking allowed this.

Cliff Carson
Cliff Carson on June 25, 2012 at 5:29 pm

This theatre is CRAP. Seriously. It was designed for television viewership, not for an audience. The first row balcony is a joke. So far from the stage, participants on stage looking like ants. It will remind you of all the reasons why never to sit in a balcony. The lobby small, unattractive with little or no light streaming in from the outside. Truly a claustrophobic experience unless you’re seated downstairs near the stage.

CSWalczak on June 23, 2012 at 1:25 am

The facade was certainly changed in time for the premiere of Disney’s “Brave” on June 18, 2012: View article

The premiere was also apparently appears to be the first public use of the Dolby Atmos sound system for a film showing at the theater.

Chris Utley
Chris Utley on June 22, 2012 at 12:13 pm

The facade was changed in May 2012 (I think).

Simon Overton
Simon Overton on June 20, 2012 at 11:05 pm

Are we to see the new name (Dolby Theatre) change on the facade… soon? I also hope that the Oscars decorators, will change that ever-lovin' gold drape across the front of the building. Surely, Jo Ann Fabrics will have something suitable ‘on sale’?

Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois
Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois on June 20, 2012 at 10:15 pm

Chris, I don’t disagree with you, I only wrote what I read, here’s the exact quote “The Dolby Theatre—home of the Academy Awards—will have its grand opening on June 18 with the premiere of Disney/Pixar’s "BRAVE”, as part of the Los Angles Film Festival."

I was wondering if anyone knows if a film has ever been shown before, except for the clips at the Oscars. “Iris” has no show on Monday night so I would guess that is when the movie premieres will take place.

Chris Utley
Chris Utley on June 20, 2012 at 9:40 pm

It’s not a “grand opening” if its been open for almost 11 years. The theatre simply has a name change. Kodak lost its naming rights as part of their bankruptcy and Dolby claimed them.

It should also be noted that the theatre is intended for live performances, not film. It is currently showing Cirque du Soliel’s live cinema tribute “Iris” and will be showing it for at least another year. I believe “Brave” is the first time a film was actually screened in this place.

CSWalczak on June 20, 2012 at 9:24 pm

I don’t think the site was completely vacant until the Kodak/Dolby Theater was built; as I recall, a large bank building with parking lots was built on part of the Hollywood Hotel site. Also the building that housed the Mann Chinese II & III (the original additional auditoriums built in 1979 and then demolished when the Kodak/Dolby and the rest of of the complex was built, not the current Chinese 6) also occupied part of the site that fronted on Hollywood Boulevard.