Posts Tagged ‘Dolby Theatre’

Luxury Tours of Los Angeles - 3:00 29 July 2016

Movie Lover’s Promenade to the Dolby

Movie lovers love the columns leading into the Dolby Theatre

Our Private Tour is All About the Movies

Unquestionably movie lovers love Hollywood.  From the earlies part of the history of Hollywood filmdom when nickelodeons and “flickers” were the means by which moving pictures were enjoyed to recognizing familiar locations of favorite scenes to seeing costumed actors representing celebrated movie characters our private Los Angeles tour guests get wall-to-wall movies on their custom tour.  You learn (and see) where the first movie studios were built early in the last century and then get to see where the modern studios are today.  Favorite restaurants and bars of Golden Age movie stars are still to be found and visited.  Hollywood Walk of Fame stars fill the sidewalks of Hollywood Boulevard for blocks and blocks.  Grauman’s Chinese Theater offers its courtyard to spark memories of movie stars long gone and more recent filmmakers still captivating us in the theaters.  Three movie palaces continue entreating audiences in the center of Hollywood.  And then there is the Dolby Theatre, home of the Oscars.  Walking toward the entrance through the main promenade takes us alongside columns listing each of the Best Picture Award winners since the first award for 1927 (Wings).  After we take an inventory of all these great films we can drive up to the Hollywood Sign and look back into this part of the city that is so dear to so many people around the world.

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Luxury Tours of Los Angeles - 3:00 13 April 2016

Stairway to Dolby

Our private Los Angeles tour family gathers on the steps of the Dolby Theatre

Climbing to the Stars on a Private Los Angeles Tour

Walking into the entranceway of the Dolby Theatre our custom luxury tour guests sightseeing with us in Los Angeles are confronted with a giant red-tiled staircase leading from the ground level to the entrance of this magnificent Hollywood auditorium and sound stage.  Yes, sound stage.  When the theater was designed and constructed, originally as the Kodak Theater, besides being the best acoustics and technology for live theater and stage performance the architects and engineers involved created a space perfect for television filming and broadcasting.  Why?  This is Hollywood and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) planned to host the Academy Awards here for at least twenty years.  The facility owners knew that numerous television award shows and other productions (American Idol finals, for instance) would find the Dolby Theatre perfect for their shows.  Add in commercial production and other advertising filming and a considerable amount of revenue would be produced throughout the year at the venue.  Concerts and live performances in addition to private company rentals contribute to the number of days the theater is in use.  We are there almost every day as part of the Hollywood portion of a private Los Angeles tour.  We like to make a big deal of walking between the columns that list every Best Picture award winner and then up the grand staircase to the theater entrance.  As you can see it is a wonderful place to stop for a photograph.

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Luxury Tours of Los Angeles - 3:00 26 February 2016

Get Ready – It’s Oscars Time

Remember when Ellen Degeneres hosted the Oscars?

Remember When Ellen Degeneres Hosted the Oscars?

Our private Los Angeles tour guests are impressed with the preparations for the Academy Awards ceremony that will be hosted by the Dolby Theatre this Sunday night.  The streets around the theater are slowly and methodically being closed while workers, machinery and security personnel are everywhere to be seen.  In fact, it is a bit difficult for us to navigate to our favorite Hollywood landmarks at this time of year.  It is a problem and it is a joy because the whole world will be watching this weekend and we are a part of this Hollywood.  We are here all year long.  The Oscars have been here at the Dolby all of the years we have been providing custom tours around Hollywood so we, like the producers of the program, really know the ins and outs of what we do and show our guests everything they want to see plus more: red carpet, giant Oscar statues, really big signs and banners.  If they watch the Oscars on television they will recognize the area around the theater for the celebrity arrivals as well as the entrance to the theater and have a good understanding of the gauntlet of security and the logistics of getting everyone to the theater on time.  Chris Rock will be a terrific host as he was a number of years ago but we pulled this photo from our tour files just for fun.


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Luxury Tours of Los Angeles - 3:00 25 January 2016

The Sound of the Oscars at the Dolby Theatre

The Dolby Theatre is where the Oscars will be very soon

Our Private Tour in Hollywood Sees Oscars Preparation

Barely more than a month away and already the Dolby Theatre on Hollywood Boulevard is buzzing with activity and excitement.  The Oscars are coming to town.  Again.  As usual.  Since 2002.  Years to go in the rental agreement with the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Science (AMPAS).  This is a really big deal for Hollywood, for Los Angeles, for the United States and for the WORLD.  Alright, alright.  Really, we are used to the changes in pedestrian and street traffic by now.  The Academy, ABC and the Dolby Theatre have the preparation, ceremony and clean up down to a science.  The city knows traffic control, security and street cleaning.  Business owners are familiar with sales patterns and marketing for the period leading up to the grandest of Hollywood traditions that will be watched and discussed by just about every living human being.  And we really know how to excite and amaze our private Los Angeles tour guests visiting Hollywood between now and the week after the Academy Awards with insights, history, stories and secret places to visit to get an inside take on this Hollywood gala.  We never know who we will run into arriving for rehearsals or even if we get invited into the auditorium for a sound check.  We know people.  We know Hollywood.  We really love to share what we love with our custom (very custom) luxury tour guests.

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Luxury Tours of Los Angeles - 3:00 10 December 2015

Once Upon a Time the Kodak Theatre

When the home of the Oscars was built it was 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.

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Luxury Tours of Los Angeles - 3:00 23 February 2014

Things Are Looking Up at The Dolby Theatre

Looking up at the Dolby Theatre entrance dome

Our Los Angeles Tour Guests are excited about Oscar Night!

March 2nd is still one week away but our private Los Angeles tour guests are already in the mood for movie stars and golden statuettes.  As the preparations proceed around the Dolby Theatre, home of the Oscars since 2002, Hollywood Boulevard is thrumming with excitement.  Even the costumed superheroes protecting the entrance are ironing their capes and polishing their utility belts as the world’s attention turns to Hollywood for her big night.  Expect 3,400 attendees to fill the Dolby Theatre seats next Sunday evening as about 40 million Americans and additional millions in more than 150 countries around the world make themselves comfortable in front of their television sets.  Who will win?  Feel free to discuss it with our experts on Facebook.

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