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The Kodak Theatre is a live theatre in the Hollywood and Highland entertainment complex on Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California.
Since its opening on November 9, 2001, the theatre has been the home of the annual Academy Awards Ceremonies, which were first held there in March 2002, and is the first permanent home for the awards.
The theatre was designed specifically with the Oscars in mind. It has a seating capacity for up to 3,400 people and the stage is one of the largest in the United States, measuring 120 feet wide by 75 feet deep. A purpose-built press room behind the stage accommodates up to 1,500 journalists. The theatre was sponsored by the Kodak company, which paid $75,000,000 to have its name associated with the building. It is owned by the City of Los Angeles and rented by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for Oscar night.
The entrance hall to the Kodak Theatre is flanked by columns displaying winners of the Academy Awards for Best Picture since 1928, with blank spaces left for future Best Picture winners well into the 21st Century.
During the rest of the year, there are live concerts with various artists, including CÚline Dion, the Dixie Chicks, Elvis Costello, Barry Manilow, and Prince, Broadway musicals, which includes Grease starring Frankie Avalon, dance shows, including the American Ballet Theatre, who performed The Nutcracker during the Christmas Season of 2001, and the Moscow Stanislavsky Ballet , as well as symphony and opera. Other events have included the AFI Life Achievement Award to Tom Hanks, the ESPY Awards for excellence in sports performance yearly, and American Idol finals.
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