When I was in California recently (and by recently, I mean 10 months ago), I knew a tour of the Kodak Theatre was a must. And since recent news made it clear that the theater will likely not be named the Kodak Theater anymore, this seemed a good time to finally get this post up!
Since 2002, the Kodak has been the permanent home of the Oscars. With a seating capacity of 3,401 and one of the largest stages in the U.S., it’s a great place for produces to stage movie’s big show.
The tour was pretty short, only about half hour. But, I definitely found it to be worth the $15. Though there are no photos allowed inside (boo) you do get to see the very ornate stair case that the celebs use, the George Eastman VIP Room (complete with an Oscar statue!) and a table setup from last year’s Governors ball (the after party thrown by the Academy) which, as you might expect, was colorful, elaborate and above all else, expensive looking.
You also get to sit in the theater, and our guide pointed out where some of the award winners sat at last year’s event. We also walked down the back hallway that the winners are escorted through after they leave the stage–pretty cool!
The best part about the tour is seeing how the theater actually looks 99% of the time, compared to what you see during the Oscars’ red carpet pre-shows. The theater definitely gets the royal treatment during the Oscars; with Hollywood Boulevard shut down, the red carpet becomes more than the 30 feet or so in front of the entrance. Case in point:
If you’re going to be in the Hollywood area, I definitely recommend touring the Kodak! As the theater is basically part of a huge mall complex, parking is plentiful and fairly cheap for the area too!
Tours of the Kodak at offered Monday to Sunday from 10:30 am to 4:00 pm. Tours depart every half hour from Level 2 entrance and last approximately 30 minutes. Tickets are $15 for adults (less for seniors and children), and can be purchased up to 7 days in advance from the website. Note: Guided Tours will be suspended beginning February 5th due to the Academy Awards. Guided Tours resume regular schedule dates and time beginning Sunday, March 4th, 2012.