LA still good enough for Os­car

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - News -

The Os­cars are set to re­main in Hol­ly­wood. Fol­low­ing the fi­nan­cial col­lapse of Ko­dak – whose tit­u­lar au­di­to­rium hosted the cer­e­mony for the past 10 years – it had been sug­gested that the awards might move from that sur­pris­ingly sleazy corner of Los An­ge­les. Hap­pily for purists, it has emerged that the Academy has reached a deal with the new pro­pri­etors and should re­main in the venue for an­other two decades.

Set to re­open as The Dolby Theatre, the venue seats 3,400 and (ah, hap­pier times for mak­ers of cel­lu­loid) cost Ko­dak some $94 mil­lion to build.

“The board wanted to be in Hol­ly­wood,” said Academy pres­i­dent Tom Sherak. “It didn’t mat­ter what the deal was, the board wanted to be there.”

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