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The Kodak Theatre
The Kodak Theatre is located in a retail, dining and entertainment complex on Hollywood Boulevard and North Highland Avenue in the Hollywood district of Los Angeles. The theatre was designed by David Rockwell of the Rockwell Group and Theatre Project Consultants specifically as a permanent home for the Academy Awards Ceremonies (the Oscars). The Kodak company sponsored $75,000,000 of the construction cost to ensure its name be associated with the theatre.
The seating capacity of the Kodak Theatre is 3,401 and the stage is one of the largest in the United States measuring 113 feet wide by 60 feet deep. The theatre is especially successful as a venue for a televised theatre performance due to the planning and technical design. The designer consulted with many of Hollywood's leading production personnel during the construction and design phase. This led to a highly functional production cable infrastructure, easily accessible and substantial power, a unique sound, stage and management area and underground bunkers that allow trucks to pass under the stage from adjacent city streets. Along the grand staircase entrance columns to the hall are displayed the names of the Academy Award Best Picture winners since 1927.
The Kodak Theatre hosts many entertainment events throughout the year including concerts, public cultural events and performances. Along with continuously hosting the Academy Awards the theatre also plays host to the American Music Awards every year. It's also possible for a private party to rent the Kodak Theatre for a special event or occasion.