Oscars® head back to Hollywood

Jun 07, 2001 by Ian Evans

Academy President Robert Rehme has confirmed that the 74th Annual Academy Awards® will take place at the new Kodak Theatre at Hollywood & Highland™. This will mark the first time that the Oscars® have returned home to Hollywood since 1960, when they were awarded at the Pantages Theatre.

The new Kodak Theatre is across the street from the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel, where the first Academy Awards ceremony took place during a banquet held in the hotel’s Blossom Room on May 16, 1929.

In addition to the theater, the Hollywood & Highland venue includes a 30,000-square-foot ballroom in which the Academy’s Governors Ball will be held following the telecast.

The Kodak Theatre will be the tenth venue in which the Academy Awards have been held. The Presentations have originated 25 times from the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, 11 from the Pantages Theatre, 10 from the Los Angeles Shrine Auditorium, 8 times each from the Biltmore Hotel and the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium, 6 from the Ambassador Hotel, 3 from Grauman’s Chinese Theatre and once each from the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel and the Academy Award® Theater (at the Academy’s 1949 Melrose Avenue headquarters).