The Oscars arrive at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood

November 6, 2001

This major new theatre is the centerpiece of the Hollywood & Highland project, a landmark entertainment complex on Hollywood Boulevard by developers TrizecHahn. The 3500-seat Kodak Theatreis the new home of the Academy Awards. It was designed specifically for live broadcasts, using the most sophisticated media and theatre technology. The theatre concept design was created by Theatre Projects.

The auditorium, inspired by the richest traditions of Broadway theater architecture, is astonishingly intimate for its large seat count with wrap-around balconies and boxes stepping down toward the stage at either side. A giant petal-like ceiling crowns the room, which combines stunning visual effect with multiple opportunities for lighting and technical provision.

The stage, one of the largest in the country, is 148 feet wide by 75 feet deep. It is also equipped with the latest theatre production systems and will be able to accommodate the largest scale Broadway productions and live performances.

Theatre Projects Consultants role was: Theatre concept design, theatre programming and planning; design and specification of stage machinery, rigging, drapery, lighting, sound and communication.

Theatre Designer: Brian Hall

Architect: Rockwell Group, NYC (theatre architect) Ehrenkrantz Eckstut & Kuhn, LA (design architect) Altoon & Porter, LA (executive architect)

Acoustician: Robert Mahoney & Assoc

The Oscars arrive at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood
Credit: Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences