Once Upon a Time the Kodak Theatre
The Name Change Escapes Most of
Our Private Tour Guests
We remember…the construction destruction of our familiar sightseeing path on Hollywood Boulevard near Grauman’s Chinese Theater. The famed Walk of Fame stars in the area had been removed for safekeeping and the decrepit tall office building dismantled. There was dust, debris and noise for the longest time it seemed. We soldiered through as the 60s were disappearing to be replaced by buildings for the new millennium. And what an improvement it was. Our private Los Angeles tour guests were impressed with the great Kodak Theatre, the new home of the Academy Awards ceremony (and other awards shows and television productions – American Idol to name one). The giant marble proscenium invited us to walk down a corridor lined with very upscale stores. Our eyes, though, sought out the columns of the walkway all the way from the street past the grand stairway to the theater’s entrance which listed every Best Picture award winner from 1927’s Wings to 2001’s A Beautiful Mind. There are plenty of spaces remaining for upcoming winners to take their exalted position on the promenade columns. And Kodak is no longer the name emblazened on various parts of the building but rather Dolby. From camera film to high tech sound. Everything changes – especially in Los Angeles – but it is good to remember how things looked in the past.