The Dolby Theatre

    Home to the biggest night in entertainment—
    the Academy Awards® on March 2

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    A Look Behind the Scenes

    See how we transformed The Dolby Theatre® into a
    state-of-the-art entertainment venue

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    Hear from the people who turned the Dolby Theatre into a premiere experience.

    Dolby Theatre: From Movies to Oscars®

    Crews need to move tons of speakers, rigging, and other equipment to transform the Dolby Theatre from a movie theatre to the home of the Oscars.

    Movie Mode

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    Overhead Speakers

    Speakers above the audience allow for sounds to move overhead in Dolby Atmos® films. These 50-foot-long trusses, suspended 40 feet off the floor, carry 44 speakers.

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    Screen

    The 60-foot-by-32-foot screen is supported by 192 feet of screen trusses.

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    Theatre Size

    At 180,000 square feet, the 3,400-seat Dolby Theatre is four times as large as the neighboring TCL Theatre (formerly Grauman's Chinese Theatre).

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    Speakers

    These cleverly mounted speakers are among 201 in the Dolby Theatre.

    Oscars Mode

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    Screen

    The massive screen and its rigging system must be removed to make way for the Oscars stage.

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    Rigging Motors

    Crews remove the 28 rigging motors and hanging points that raise and lower the screen, screen speakers, overhead speakers, and draperies.

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    Speakers

    Crews have to remove 140 of the 201 speakers to accommodate the Oscars set and ensure that the mezzanine audience can see the whole stage.

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    Equipment

    Dolby staff and theatre crew pull tons of cables from the electrical distribution system and store them, along with other equipment, in temporary storage in a parking garage.

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    Stage Steps

    Rows of seats are removed to make way for the Oscars set and provide steps to the stage for winners.

    Visit Dolby Lab Notes to learn more details of how the Dolby Theatre is prepared for the Academy Awards® ceremony.

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