The Shrine Auditorium will be the home of the 1998 Oscars, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences officially announced on Thursday, confirming earlier reports (Daily Variety, July 2).
The 70th Academy Awards ceremony, on March 23, 1998, will mark the eighth time the event will be held at the site. For the last three decades, the Oscarcast has alternated between the 3,200-seat Dorothy Chandler Pavilion and the 6,300-seat Shrine. The awards were last presented at the Chandler in 1996.
In a statement, newly named Acad prexy Robert Rehme said, “We’ve learned a lot about staging the show at the Shrine from our most recent presentation there and with those experiences under our belt, we expect the upcoming Oscar event to run very smoothly — logistically speaking, anyway. Each time we do a show at a venue we improve our operations. It feels good to be doing back-to-back shows at the Shrine.”