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Goodbye Kodak Theatre…Hello Dolby

Saturday, June 9th, 2012


Kodak Theatre is no more



The former Kodak Theatre at Hollywood & Highland has a new name and the Oscars will be staying there. According to a press release from H&H Center owners CIM Group, they’ve signed a 20 year deal with Dolby Laboratories, Inc. to rename the Kodak to the Dolby Theatre; “Kodak” was stripped off the building earlier this year after that company declared bankruptcy. They’ve also struck a new 20 year deal with the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to keep the Oscars at the 3,400 seat theater: “Under the new contract with the Academy, the Dolby Theatre will host the Academy Awards through 2033.” The name will official be unveiled Monday evening. (Curbed Los Angeles)



 The former Kodak Theatre as it looking this morning with the name above the entrance covered, reportedly waiting for Monday evening’s unveiling.


 The side sign already reveals the new name of the former Kodak Theatre.



Hollywood From Above

Wednesday, September 7th, 2011


Kodak Theatre and downtown Hollywood




An unusual view of the Kodak Theatre, home of the Academy Awards ceremony. The Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel can be seen in the top center of the photo, to the right of the dark building. In the upper right section, in the distance you can see Century City. Where these buildings stand was once the back lot of 20th Century-Fox Studios.


Special thanks to Stella Grace for allowing me to shoot this photo and future ones that will appear here.




Russell Crowe gets his star

Monday, April 12th, 2010


Crowe cements star on Walk of Fame



 (Russel Crowe at his star)


Russell Crowe’s star shone bright despite dark rain clouds threatening his Hollywood Walk of Fame ceremony. The New Zealand-born, Australian-raised actor has been honoured with the 2404th star outside the Kodak Theatre, home of the Oscars.


Fellow Aussie Sam Worthington, US talk-show host Jay Leno, director-producers Ron Howard and Brian Grazier and Crowe’s wife Danielle and sons Tennyson, three, and Charles, six, attended the ceremony.


Many in the crowd of more than 500 were spotted wearing Crowe’s beloved South Sydney Rabbitohs jumpers and caps.


“Thanks for the privilege. I’ll always be grateful for it,” Crowe said.


With rain threatening, the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce decided to hold the ceremony under a tent. But Los Angeles’ famed sunshine tried to break through as the star was unveiled. Leno joked that Crowe had sought divine intervention.


“It was pouring rain this morning and Russell Crowe made one phone call. The sun has come out,” Leno said.


Crowe’s star sits next to those belonging to Nicole Kidman, Anthony Hopkins and Martin Scorsese.




Hollywood Hotel site

Tuesday, March 30th, 2010


Hollywood Hotel site


(Hollywood Hotel: LAPL) 


The above photo was taken from the northeast corner of Hollywood and Highland. The Hollywood Hotel was built in 1902 with another wing added in 1905. Not long after, the hotel was bought by Mira Hershey, an heir to an Iowa lumber and farming magnate. When the movies came to Hollywood this is where everyone stayed. By the 1950s it was a run down and faded remnant of its former splendor. The Hollywood Hotel was razed in August 1956.


(PHOTO: Allan R. Ellenberger) 


Here is the same spot today taken from the same corner. The block is now the Hollywood and Highland complex and further down is the Kodak Theatre, the current home of the Academy Awards.



Oscar’s arrival in Hollywood

Sunday, February 28th, 2010


Oscar arrives at the Kodak Theatre



This morning in Hollywood, Oscar is gently lowered and will be placed on his pedastal in time for next Sunday’s 82nd Annual Academy Awards ceremony



The spectator’s stand is empty now but by this time next week it will be filled with fans waiting to see their favorite nominee’s arrival for the Academy Awards ceremony at Hollywood’s Kodak Theatre


 (PHOTOS: Allan R. Ellenberger)

The Hollywood Sign awaits Oscar’s arrival


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Walk of Fame Repairs…

Thursday, July 17th, 2008

Cost of repairs for Hollywood’s buckling Walk of Fame trips up officials



They’ve figured out what to do but not how to come up with the $4.1 million needed to do it.


By Bob Pool
Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
July 17, 2008


It took a year’s study and installation of a “test strip” on Hollywood’s busiest corner to figure out how best to stabilize the buckling bronze stars and pink-and-black terrazzo that line Hollywood’s aging Walk of Fame.


Now, officials of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority are trying to determine just how to pay for the estimated $4.1-million repair job.


MTA officials said Wednesday that their agency will take the lead in lining up funding from Los Angeles, the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce, the Hollywood Historic Trust as well as other entities — including itself. (click on ‘Continue Reading’ for more)