Opened in November of 2001, the Kodak Theater was built specifically as the new "permanent" home of the Academy Awards. Until that point, the award ceremony had taken place at a variety of locations, from the Roosevelt Hotel to the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion and the Shrine Auditorium. As a part of Hollywood's renovation, the Kodak Theater was built as an extension of the Hollywood and Highland shopping complex, designed to lure tourists back to the area.
Kodak Theater Hollywood: The New Home of the Oscars
A gorgeous theater, the Kodak offers 3,400 seats and one of the largest stages ever built. Measuring 120 feet wide and 75 feet deep, it is perfectly suited for the large-scale ceremony the Oscars have become. In fact, there is even a pressroom located behind the stage, large enough to accommodate 1,500 journalists, which is typical on Oscar night.
The walkway leading to the Kodak Theater is also quite impressive. In reverence to the numerous films that have won Best Picture over the years, the entrance is lined with columns on which the names and years of such films are listed. On the night of the ceremony a long red carpet is unfurled, as well as velvet curtains and decorations, hiding the row of high-end boutiques that typically line the way. Just outside, Hollywood history is continued as the Walk of Fame passes right in front of the theater.
In addition to the Oscars, the Kodak Theater is used for numerous other shows and award ceremonies during the year. Visits are possible and we urge you to contact Los Angeles Sightseeing Tours via our website or by phone at 1-800-870-1886 for more information. Our comprehensive tours of the city offer stops at the Kodak Theater and numerous other city landmarks.