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
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.