Images: Courtesy of Dolby via The Hollywood Reporter
On February 24, the Academy Awards will be broadcast from the Dolby Theater, which has undergone a seven-month audio upgrade to ensure the best sound quality for the big night.
Formerly known as the Kodak Theater, the building was renamed last summer ad has since hosted numerous premieres for Oscar-nominated films like Brave and Zero Dark Thirty, according to the San Francisco Chronicle.
Dolby’s vice president of marketing and business development said, “We looked at this from the inside out. It was never, ‘Oh, here’s a building. Let’s put our name on it because the Oscars are here.’ It was about this being the place where the industry’s best come to showcase their content, and how we can elevate their experience with our technology.” The audiovisual company added their name to the building last June.
With 3,400 seats, the theater has hosted the Oscars since 2002. To prepare for the upcoming Oscars, Dolby “outfitted the theater with all of its audiovisual gizmos and plans to update the space with new technologies as they become available,” the San Francisco Chronicle reports. Academy Award producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron and Oscar telecast director Don Mischer worked closely with Dolby during the upgrades.
According to David Gray, Dolby’s vice president of content services, the biggest technical challenge was mounting 187 new speakers in the theater. The main goal is to ensure that the ceremony is broadcast in Dolby Surround 5.1.
The Hollywood Reporter also notes that there is a new VIP lounge with a “fabric ceiling designed to create the ‘look’ of a sound wave,” a 7.1 Surround Sound installation and a 84-inch display that will show a live feed of the Oscars broadcast.
The 85th Annual Academy Awards will be televised live on ABC on February 24.