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Dolby Theatre

Dolby Theatre

First Opened: 9th November 2001 (17 years ago)

Former Names: Kodak Theatre

Website: www.dolbytheatre.com Open website in new window

Telephone: (323) 308-6300 Call (323) 308-6300

Address: 6801 Hollywood Blvd, Hollywood, CA 90028 Show address in Google Maps (new window)

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Hollywood’s 3,400-seat Dolby Theatre, formerly known as the Kodak Theatre, was designed as a permanent home for the annual Academy Awards ceremony (the Oscars), and having opening in November 2001 has hosted the Oscars every year since. The theatre is located within the Hollywood & Highland entertainment and shopping complex, in the heart of Hollywood.

Dolby Theatre Auditorium
Dolby Theatre Auditorium

The theatre was designed by David Rockwell of the Rockwell Group Link opens in new window, in conjunction with Theatre Projects Consultants Link opens in new window who provided concept design, theatre planning, and theatre equipment design/specification services. A core component of the design was ensuring large-scale television/broadcast events could use the theatre effectively, both technically and in appearance, and as such leading industry professionals were consulted extensively throughout the planning and design phases.

Notable technical features include:

Auditorium from Balcony
Auditorium from Balcony

The design of the auditorium sought to blend glamour with function, which Rockwell considers a modern interpretation inspired by theatres of the 1920s. The main level comprises Orchestra seating with the Parterre located behind a small break in height. There are three balconies which are flanked with boxes on each side, stepping down toward the proscenium. The ceiling features a striking silver tiara which extends vertically down to the auditorium floor.

A major component of the theatre is its five-level grand lobby, in part inspired by the Paris Opera House where large lobbies allow everyone to see and be seen – something considered crucial to the theatre’s Hollywood aspirations at the time of design.

After The Oscars, 2018
After The Oscars, 2018

The stage is among the largest in the United States, slightly smaller than both the largest (the Shrine Auditorium) and second largest (Radio City Music Hall), however its seating capacity is significantly less than both – around half.

The Dolby Theatre played host to Cirque du Soleil’s Iris Link opens in new window, an acrobatic journey through the world of cinema, from mid-2011 until early 2013. Although initially booked for a run of 10 years with a month-long break each spring for The Oscars, the show closed in early 2013 due to poor ticket sales. Cirque du Soleil made significant changes to the theatre, including adding stage lifts extending 44ft under the original stage floor, at a cost of approximately $40 million.

As of 2018 the Dolby Theatre plays host to a healthy number of live events in addition to TV tapings and award shows. The Oscars continue to be broadcast to a global audience from the theatre, and since 2016 America’s Got Talent Link opens in new window has hosted all live shows from the theatre.

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Award Shows

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 How do I visit the Dolby Theatre?

The Dolby Theatre runs tours seven days a week, throughout the day from 10:30am to 4pm, except when theatre operations prevent tours from taking place.

The docent-led walking tour lasts 30 minutes and includes a visit to the Dolby Lounge where you will see a real Oscar statue. Access to the theatre and particularly the stage is at the discretion of the visiting company and/or theatre operations on the day and is not guaranteed. Tickets are $23 (Seniors/Youth $18) and may only be purchased from the Dolby Theatre Box Office in person. Advance bookings are not usually necessary. Further information is available on the Dolby Theatre’s website Link opens in new window. Box Office times are listed here Link opens in new window.

Upcoming Special Events
Theatre Tours

Theatre Tours (Daily, at various times from 10:30am to 4pm)

Step Beyond The Red Carpet! Experience all of the renowned elegance and celebrity glamour that the Home of the Academy Awards® has to offer!

See an Oscar® statuette, visit our Dolby Lounge and other exclusive celebrity hot spots, plus view images from previous Academy Awards® ceremonies.

Tour is a thirty minute walking tour that includes several flights of stairs. Disabled guests can be easily accommodated, but please advise the theatre at the time of ticket purchase.

The Dolby Theatre is an operating facility with a busy performance schedule. Access to certain areas of the theatre is subject to performance schedules. For more information, please contact Dolby Theatre customer service at (323) 308-6300.

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 Technical Information

Flying System
System Type Counterweight (single-purchase) operated from Stage Left at Stage level or from Fly Floor
Grid Height 89ft 6in
Linesets 76 (86ft wide), plus 4 motorized linesets for tabsets (Upstage/Downstage Blacks)
Batten High Trim 82ft 6in above Stage Floor
Batten Low Trim 3ft 3in above Stage Floor
Pin Rails Stage Right and Stage Left Fly Floors
General Information
Seating Capacity 3,400 (Orchestra & Parterre 1,460; First Mezzanine 638; Second Mezzanine 529; Third Mezzanine 773)
Dimmers 720 @ 2.4kW, 48 @ 6kW
Followspots 4 @ Lycian 2kW Xenon 1290XLT
Movie Projection
Booth Location Rear of First Mezzanine (43ft wide by 11ft deep)
Projection Throw Approx 110ft
Stage Dimensions
Proscenium Width 64ft adjustable down to 43ft
Stage Depth 60ft
Stage Width 113ft
Proscenium Height 35ft
Rear Stage 78ft wide by 15ft deep, 35ft high
Stage Right side stage 27ft wide by 60ft deep, 35ft high
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  1. Auditorium
  2. Front Of House And Public Areas
  3. Events at the Dolby Theatre
  4. Backstage

The Dolby Theatre seats 3,400 on four levels.

Front Of House And Public Areas
Events at the Dolby Theatre

The Dolby Theatre stage is one of the largest in the United States and one of the most technically-advanced throughout the country.

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