About The Theatre:
The Dolby® Theatre will serve as an ongoing showcase for the latest innovations in Dolby entertainment technology, including Dolby® Atmos™, a breakthrough audio technology that delivers the most natural, life-like sensory experience. The Dolby Theatre also features Dolby 3D, a state-of-the-art imaging solution that provides audiences with a superior 3D experience. Dolby will continue to update the 180,000-square-foot, 3,400-seat Dolby Theatre with cutting edge technologies, ensuring that Dolby Theatre sets the stage for entertainment technology as host of the world's biggest movie premieres, events, and performances, for years to come.
As a first class live entertainment venue, Dolby Theatre has hosted a range of prestigious artists and events including IRIS by Cirque du Soleil, Alicia Keys, Celine Dion, Prince, Elvis Costello, Barry Manilow, Stevie Wonder, Harry Connick, Jr., Melissa Etheridge, Dixie Chicks, Tyler Perry, American Ballet Theatre and various touring Broadway productions.
Notable television and awards events at Dolby Theatre have included the American Idol finals, AFI Lifetime Achievement Awards to Tom Hanks, Meryl Streep, and George Lucas, Daytime Emmy Awards, ESPY Awards and BET Awards.
For the theatergoer, the Dolby Theatre experience begins on Hollywood Boulevard, where a towering portal, designed by Rockwell, serves as the grand entrance to the theatre, which is set back from the street. A two-story Awards Walk, featuring backlit glass plaques for each Best Picture Oscar® winner on a series of limestone portals, leads up a sweeping staircase with red mosaic tile to the main entrance.
The five-level theatre lobby is centered by a grand spiral staircase with cherrywood balustrades, topped by an oval, uplit silvery dome. Certain lobby design elements were inspired by Michelangelo’s Campodiglio in Rome and Busby Berkeley’s choreography. Twenty-six spectacular images of famous Oscar® winners including Grace Kelly, Jack Nicholson, Marlon Brando, Halle Berry and Julia Roberts are permanently displayed on four lobby levels as photographic transparencies on clear plexiglass hung in front of shimmering beaded “silver screen” panels.
Was excited about this tour on my first visit to LA. There were about 32-35 people in our group (a large group of Hindu tourists) so if you wanted to hear something you had to be right next to our guide. What you will see on this tour: stairs, hallway, stairs, hallway dirty carpets everywhere (they clean them once a year for the main event - Oscars I was told), a bar, a second bar, auditorium, chairs and that's it. Oh a small Oscar statue. They had an event that night so the stage was darkened for the preparation. Sorry, you could only see the seats in the auditorium. A TOTAL WASTE OF MONEY!!! Our tour guide added the last nail in the coffin. He was incredibly rude and arrogant. HE lost the group of Hindu tourists (they spoke little English), but did not wait and only uttered: "whatever" and left without them continuing in our tour!! Further he continued on talking when the rest of the group was still upstairs and we were downstairs. UNBELIEVABLE! No time for answering questions at the end, he had another group immediately after our group. Yep, tours at Dolby are like on a running machine - one tour after another in a fast pace. Yep, LA is a profit oriented city and Dolby as well. Waste of my money!
Hated this theater! When I think of Dolby, I think of surround sound. My 3 year old daughter and I just watched Paw Patrol Live and sat in the Mezzanine 3 in row A. I couldn’t understand/hear a word they were saying!!!! They only had speakers down near the stage. The only way I could understand what was going on was because a little boy behind me was singing all the songs!! I really don’t know how the heck the rows way behind me could hear. I have excellent hearing and this was ridiculous and a horrible experience.
Great amenities. Good view for the comedy show we saw. Sound kind of echoed. Chairs a bit uncomfortable.
Enjoyed show. Most of the employees were kind and helpful.
Here for Paw Patrol Live, my little man had a wonderful time. Love this venue formerly known as the Kodak theatre.