An iconic Hollywood landmark, the Dolby® TheatreSM is home to the biggest night in entertainment: the Academy Awards®. The premieres of movies like Brave and Zero Dark Thirty also took place at the Dolby Theatre.
It's a world-class showcase for entertainment, and a testament to Dolby’s long history of working closely with filmmakers.
Take a look behind the scenes to see how Dolby transformed this Hollywood landmark into a state-of-the-art venue. Tour the theatre now.
The Dolby Theatre seats 3,300 people for the Academy Awards®; 3,400 for other live events; and about 1,600 for screenings.
The Dolby team converts the theatre from a live-events venue to a cinema venue in just 14 hours.
For screenings, the Dolby Theatre includes 122 self-powered surround speakers and six bass-management subwoofers.
Configuring the theatre for live events includes flipping and raising the cinema screen.
The theatre’s 58 Crown® amplifiers power the screen speakers and screen subwoofers.
The two trusses that carry overhead speakers for cinema presentations are about 40 feet (12 meters) above the floor.
Each truss is 50 feet (15 meters) long and carries 22 speakers, in five clusters of four speakers and one cluster of two speakers.
The screen is 60 feet (18 meters) wide and 32 feet (10 meters) high, and is stretched on a 12-inch (0.3 meter) box truss frame.
The grand opening of the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood on June 11, 2012, drew record crowds.
The audience at the grand opening awaits the first screening and Dolby Atmos presentation.
Watch welders, painters, neon artists, and installation crews construct, raise, and illuminate the huge, 6,800-pound neon sign that welcomes visitors to Hollywood and to the Dolby Theatre.
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