If you want feel the buzz of sitting down in the theatre where the Academy Awards are held, then head to the Kodak Theatre.
After years of neglect, downtown Hollywood has been reborn. The north-west corner of Hollywood Boulevard and Highland Avenue is the cornerstone of the area's renaissance. The Kodak Theatre is right in Hollywood's historic heart. Since opening in 2001, the theatre has hosted a range of events. It covers two blocks and is a combination of unique shops, restaurants, clubs, live theatre, a ballroom, a Hollywood costume museum and, the jewel in the crown, the Kodak Theatre. It is a replica of the set of the silent classic Intolerance, so it provides a fresh yet nostalgic view of Hollywood. It also has great views of the Hollywood sign.
The theatre is the new home for the Academy Awards ceremony. It has been the scene for concerts by Celine Dion, Prince, Elvis Costello, Barry Manilow, Grease with Frankie Avalon and American Idol finals.
Walking tours last around 30 minutes and disabled guests are easily accommodated. You will see an Oscar statuette, view 26 awards images, see where this year's nominees sat and gain an insider's view of behind-the-scenes production. The building was inspired by the elegance of a European opera house and has state-of-the-art technical capabilities.