Kodak Theatre's guided tours earn Oscar nod

HOLLYWOOD, Calif. -- Some may dream of becoming a movie star, stepping on the stage of the Kodak Theatre and receiving an Oscar to wild applause, but few will succeed.

Now visitors to southern California can experience a bit of the excitement on a new tour of the Kodak Theatre, the year-old home of the Academy Awards.

On the guided tour, visitors step behind the velvet rope and imagine what it's like to attend an Academy Award ceremony.

The tour covers little-known facts of Hollywood's movie-making history, tells where celebrities sit on Oscar night and how the show is produced. It also includes a visit to the VIP room where the stars mingle after the ceremony.

An Oscar awarded to the Eastman Kodak Co. is on permanent display for visitors to view.

The Kodak Theatre also features 26 giant images of stars such as Grace Kelly, Marlon Brando and Julia Roberts, permanently on display on four levels of the lobby.

The 30-minute walking tours are available seven days a week from 10 am. to 2:30 p.m., departing every 15 minutes.

Tickets can be purchased at the Kodak Theatre box office for $15 for adults, $10 for children under 12 and free to children under age three. There is a price of $12 per person for groups of 15 or more.

The Kodak Theatre is part of the new Hollywood & Highland entertainment complex that includes Grauman's Chinese Theatre, restaurants, shops and nightlife.

For information, log on to www.kodaktheatre.com.

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