The Dolby Theatre

6801 Hollywood Blvd.

Los Angeles, CA 90028

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(323) 308-6300

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Also see the page about the Dolby Theatre on the Dolby Labs website.

Opened: 2001

Seating: 3,400

Architect: Rockwell Group

This venue, built at a cost of over $90 million at the Hollywood and Highland Center, is best known as the home of the Oscar telecast. It opened as the Kodak Theatre. The theatre also hosts concerts and occasional legit shows. 

It became the Dolby Theatre in 2012.  It's had lots of tech upgrades in recent years including sound work since the involvement of Dolby Labs. It's used as a showcase for the company's products including the ATMOS multichannel surround format.

The theatre, like the center itself, wasn't a great success in its early years. The complex is now owned by the CIM group after the original developers, Trizec-Hahn, sold it at a substantial loss.

Status: Currently open for occasional concert bookings -- and the annual Oscar show.

Along with the new Dolby name on the building in 2012, the AMPAS announced an a new rental deal to use the venue for the Oscars for an additional 20 years (through 2033). The initial deal was set to expire after the 2013 telecast.

Kodak, due to their 2012 bankruptcy filing, successfully petitioned the court on February 15, 2012 to void its 20 year $75 million "naming rights deal" calling the venue the Kodak Theatre. It was a deal that began on 2000.

The theatre was, for a while, the home for the Cirque du Soleil spectacular "Iris" devoted to the history of film.  The Cirque show, which up sucked many millions in production cost (including a reported $30 million in renovations to the theatre), was supposed to be a permanent tourist attraction for the center. It closed with big losses in early 2013 -- L.A. Times had a story about the closure.

More Information: See the Dolby website for more about the building and Dolby's involvement.

SF Gate had a May 2015 story by Benny Evangelista "Dolby hopes to lure movie fans back to the theater of the future" that included photos of both the Dolby Theatre and the Vine Theatre, a newly revamped demonstration house for the company.

Hollywood in Hi-Def had a 2012 story about the building getting outfitted with the new dolby ATMOS sound system.

Audio pioneer Ray Dolby died at age 80 in 2013. The New York Times ran a story about his work.

An elephant atop the Hollywood and Highland Center
-- an homage to D.W. Griffith's "Intolerance."

photo: Bill Counter - 2007

A look at the Hollywood sign through an
arch at the Hollywood & Highland Center.

photo: Bill Counter - 2007

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SF Gate

SF Gate had a May 2015 story by Benny Evangelista
  "Dolby hopes to lure movie fans back..."  that included
photos of both the Dolby Theatre and the Vine, a newly
 revamped demo house for the company.

One end of the projection booth at the Dolby.
It's a 2015 photo by David Walter Banks.
 full size view

A look across the 1st balcony
by David Walter Banks.
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A 2015 photo by David Walter Banks
 giving us a sense of the height of
the three balcony auditorium.
 full size view

Looking west on Hollywood Blvd.

photo: Bill Counter - 2007

The Dolby Theatre is deep back in the Hollywood and
Highland complex. That's the El Capitan on the left and
the Chinese down the block at the center of the photo.

An entrance view of the complex.

The photo is courtesy of Dolby Labs - 2013

A look at the entrance at night.

photo: Dolby Labs - 2013

The view across the auditorium at 1st balcony level.

photo: Dolby Labs - 2013

The rear of the auditorium.

 photo: Dolby Labs - 2013

Thanks to Dolby Labs for permission to use their photos. See
the page about the Dolby Theatre on the Dolby Labs website.

Los Angeles Times

A proscenium view of the Dolby Theatre. The
 shot was included in a December 2012 article
"Owner of Dolby Theatre..." about the venue's
repayment of loans extended to the Cirque du
Soleil "Iris" production. It's an Al Seib photo.

Silver Screening

This Dolby Labs photo is part the post
"Oscars venue reopens as Dolby Theatre." It's a
 look at the trusses for the Dolby ATMOS sound
system speakers before they're hoisted up.
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Vintage Los Angeles

In this 2000 view we're looking across the construction
of the theatre formerly known as the Kodak toward
Hollywood Blvd. and the El Capitan.

The photo was added to the Vintage
Los Angeles collection by Alexander Horn.
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