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Dolby Theater, Hollywood, CA

The famous Kodak Theater has a new name!

In the slide show above, you're viewing pictures of the famous Dolby Theater (formerly called the Kodak Theater) in Hollywood, photos of the golden Oscar statuettes given to all winners of the annual Academy Awards ceremony, which is held here. On this page, you'll learn more about how your may take a theater tour (or attend a performance) here.

Dolby Theater, home of the Academy Awards

Photo: The front of the Dolby (Kodak) Theater in Hollywood, California The annual Academy Awards Ceremony is held in Hollywood, California every February!

And just WHERE does the Academy Awards Ceremony take place? Inside the beautiful Dolby Theater (formerly called the Kodak Theater,) a place where YOU may take a tour during your vacation to Los Angeles!

For most of its history, the Academy Awards didn't have a home of its own. The very first Academy Awards ceremony---way back in 1929!---took place at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel. As the years passed, the Academy Awards Ceremony took place in various places throughout Hollywood and greater Los Angeles---the Ambassador and Biltmore Hotels, Grauman's Chinese Theater, the Los Angeles Shrine Auditorium, the Pantages Theater, the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium and the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. These are all nice venues, to be sure...but the world-famed Academy Awards Ceremony needed a HOME...a permanent place for "Oscar" to call his own. And so, a home was built!

"Oscar's" new home is the sparkling Dolby Theater in the Hollywood and Highland Center on Hollywood Boulevard. With the theater's opening in 2001, not only did the Academy Awards Ceremony gain a permanent home, but Hollywood Boulevard itself became transformed and revitalized.

YOU can get in on some Oscar fun when you visit Hollywood, California---by taking a tour of the lovely Dolby Theater! A guide will take you inside the famous auditorium and explain all the little known details about the facilities that you may never hear about otherwise. Or, you may decide to view a Cirque du Soleil performance at the Dolby Theater, instead. (Yes, the theater is also a fully-functioning artistic venue, in addition to being the Academy Awards ceremony's home.) A visit to the Dolby Theater will enhance your California visit, and you'll discover how to tour it (or take in a performance) in the paragraphs below.

Dolby Theater, Home of the Academy Awards Ceremony

Kodak Theater's grand staircase, Hollywood, California In the picture of the Dolby Theater to your left, you see its sweeping red tiled staircase leading up to the theater's entry doors. In effect, this colorful and majestic staircase looks like it's covered by a permanent "red carpet!"

The Dolby Theater's auditorium (not pictured) was designed to be elegant, and to resemble the grand opera houses of Europe. Yet at the same time, the theater's auditorium is the utmost example of state-of-the-art features for broadcasting. (Not only are the Academy Awards Ceremonies televised from this famous Hollywood landmark, but ALSO many other widely diverse events, from the American Idol the Latin Grammy the American Film Institute lifetime achievement the BET Entertainment Awards...and more!)

And yet, the general public gets to use the Dolby Theater, as well---both on guided public "behind-the-scenes" tours AND as a venue for terrific live performances! In the past, the public enjoyed a rotating schedule of singers, orchestras, bands, ballets...or even touring Broadway productions. And, since Summer, 2011, the public has been invited to view the Cirque du Soleil's production of "Iris," which will make its home in the Dolby Theater through 2021. So, except for about one month of the year when the Academy is preparing for the actual awards ceremony itself, the doors of the Dolby (Kodak) Theater are thrown open for all to enjoy!

Dolby Theater Schedule--Cirque du Soleil's "Iris" production now playing!

"Iris: A journey through the world of cinema" is a brand new production by the world-famous Cirque du Soleil. And, you may now enjoy it because it has opened at the Dolby Theater as a long-term production!

"IRIS" is making its home at the Kodak Theater: Can't wait to view the new production of "Iris?" If you can't get tickets to the theater right away, you won't have to worry; you'll have plenty of time to enjoy this exciting new Kodak Theater production in the weeks and months to come. Why? Because the Kodak Theater is the exclusive new "home stage" for the IRIS production! For further information about the new Cirque du Soleil "Iris" show, you may use the following link to jump directly to the "Iris" page of the Dolby/Kodak Theater's website.

Dolby Theater Seating Chart & "Iris" tickets

Dolby (Kodak) Theater Seating Map: If you would like to take your family to see a production at the Kodak Theater in Hollywood, perhaps you would like to study a detailed Dolby/Kodak Theater seating chart before purchasing your tickets. The seating chart is on the official website. This is undoubtedly the most detailed seating chart you'll be able to find---it goes seat by seat! This interactive map looks simplistic at first glance...but if you click on the section of the seating chart you'd like to see more closely, a PDF printable version opens up and gives you seat-by-seat details. You may use the following link to view the detailed Dolby Theater seating chart.

Dolby/Kodak Theater Tickets: You can purchase tickets for "Iris" directly through the Cirque du Soleil website.

For your convenience, here's a direct link to the Cirque du Soleil website's official ticketing page. You may use the calendars you'll find on this page to discover the upcoming dates and times of the Cirque's Iris show...then you may make your booking at that time.

Dolby Theater box office: You may also purchase tickets directly at the theater on any day of the week. Box office hours for the Dolby Theater are daily (Monday to Sunday) from 10 am to 4 pm. The box office is closed on major holidays.

Take a tour of the Dolby Theater!

Photo: Pillars at the Kodak Theater Hollywood are emblazoned with the names of past best picture winners. Families are welcome to enjoy the Kodak Theater's behind-the-scenes tour. Note: If you plan to visit during February (the month of the Oscar awards ceremony,) you should keep in mind that the Kodak Theater tours are usually suspended for a month before & a week after the Academy Awards Ceremony takes place.

Other than that, the Kodak Theater tours usually run daily from Monday to Sunday. You can call in advance to find out the Kodak Theater's closure dates (if any.) (The number is 323-308-6300.) You may also discover in advance the dates the Kodak Theater tours will be suspended (if any) on the Theater Tour Details page of the Dolby Theater's website.

Kodak Theater tour ticket prices are---

Adults, $15
Seniors ages 65+, $10
Youth, ages 17 and under, $10
Children under the age of 3 FREE

Kodak Theater Tour Discounts: There are several types of Kodak Theater tour discount tickets available.

CityPass Discount Plan: If you'll be seeing several different famous Hollywood, California sights, you may want to get a CityPass "Walk of Fame" coupon book, which lets you enjoy 4 different attractions for one lower, discounted price! For further information about the Hollywood CityPass discount program, please visit the Multi-attraction Discounts page of our site.

Dolby Theater Tour Coupon: If you don't have time to visit 4 attractions, you may be more interested in the Dolby Theater discount coupons that you can find on their official website! These discount coupons are good for $3 off each ADULT ticket purchased, and you can print these Dolby Theater discount coupons at home on your own computer's printer. To get your $3-off coupons, here's the Dolby Theater website's coupon page, for your convenience.

Los Angeles/Hollywood Go Card: This is a unique discount program aimed at Southern California tourists who wish to see a number of different attractions during their visit. Rather than purchasing a discount coupon book to the attractions of the company's choice (like with the CityPass program,) you get to choose from a whole list of several dozen Go Card "member" attractions...including the Dolby Theater, several Hollywood museums and tours, plus theme parks (Universal Studios & Legoland are members,) zoos, etc. The program sells you a pass for 1, 2, 3, 5 or 7 days. You can squeeze as many or as few of the member attractions into your visit as you wish during the length of time that you purchased! To find out more about the Los Angeles Go Card program (including the complete member attraction list) please visit the Go Los Angeles Card official website.

Execellent Parking Facilities

As well as providing a shot of glamour to the Hollywood Blvd tourist district, the Dolby Theater has a parking lot which provides sorely needed parking spaces for tourists wishing to see the Walk of Fame and other famous landmarks along Hollywood Boulevard.

The entrances to the Dolby Theater's underground parking garage are on Orange Avenue and on Highland Avenue. You'll descend into the parking garage, which has a number of levels built below the Hollywood and Highland mall. Oversized vehicles should not head into the depths of the structure, but should follow the signs towards the valet parking area. You will not have to pay valet parking prices, but there is a special area near the valet parking section for tall vehicles to use.

Parking rates at the Dolby Theater: The parking rates vary depending on whether or not you get your parking ticket validated, whether or not you use the valet, and how long you stay. Nevertheless, the MAXIMUM daily fee is only $10 for general parking (without the valet,) which is quite a reasonable parking fee.

Kodak Theater Address, Phone, Directions

Picture of the Chinese and Dolby Theaters, and the Hard Rock Cafe in Hollywood, California. The Dolby Theater's address is 6801 Hollywood Blvd, Hollywood, CA 90028.

The Dolby Theater phone number is (323) 308-6300

Dolby Theater Subway stop:
Take the Red Line subway; the Kodak Theater/Hollywood & Highland Center complex has its own exit.

Dolby Theater directions:
From the 101 Freeway, exit at Highland Avenue and head south to the intersection of Highland Ave and Hollywood Blvd. If you wish to park, you will find a parking garage entrance on Highland Avenue. Another parking structure entrance is located on Orange Drive.

Map to the Dolby Theater: You may use the following link to view a Google map to the Dolby Theater in Hollywood, California.

Dolby Theater website: For information about upcoming programs at the Kodak Theater, you may use the following link to view the Dolby Theater official website.

Academy Awards website: For further information about the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences or its popular annual Oscar awards ceremony, you may use the upcoming link to view the Academy Awards website,



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