The Gold Knight: Oscars home transforms to Dolby TheatreWritten by James A. Molnar | The Gold Knight | firstname.lastname@example.org
The transformation of the Dolby Theatre is complete at Hollywood & Highland Center. The home of the Academy Awards through 2033 was under construction for the past week, on display thanks to a view from EarthCam.And on Monday, official signage for the theater was revealed.
The newly-named theater is set to host its first premiere Monday, June 18 for Disney/Pixar’s “Brave” (out nationwide that Friday, June 22). It also boasts new technology from the film industry sound giant, including Dolby Atmos and Dolby 3D technology. The red-carpet event is a special presentation for Film Independent’s 2012 Los Angeles Film Festival.
“The world premiere of Disney/Pixar’s ‘Brave’ in conjunction with the LA Film Festival is perfect for kicking off the next era for Dolby,” said Ramzi Haidamus, executive vice president, sales and marketing at Dolby Laboratories, in a May 18 press release. “We are committed to creating the best entertainment experiences, and now with the grand opening of the Dolby Theatre, we are honored to host the best as well. This is the first of many exclusive and exciting events — from movie premieres to awards ceremonies—in which Dolby and our technologies will play a featured role.”Just a decade after the opening the christened Kodak Theatre in Hollywood, The Eastman Kodak Co. received court approval on Feb. 15 to end forthwith its sponsorship deal with the 3,332-seat theater at Hollywood & Highland Center. Built at a cost of $94 million and opening on Nov. 9, 2001, the 180,000-square-foot Kodak was the place to be. Last September, Cirque du Soleil became the permanent show at the Kodak when it premiered “Iris.”
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, along with theater owner CIM Group, announced May 1, that the Academy Awards will remain in Hollywood under a new 20-year deal. In a separate agreement, announced at the same time, Dolby Laboratories, Inc. and CIM announced a 20-year naming agreement for the theater home to the Oscars: The Dolby Theatre at the Hollywood & Highland Center.
Under the new contract, the Dolby Theatre will host the Academy Awards through 2033.
The 85th Academy Awards are scheduled for Sunday, Feb. 24, 2013.
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Toledo Free Press Lead Designer and Film Editor James A. Molnar blogs about all things Oscar at TheGoldKnight.com.