The location’s the same, but this is the first year the Oscars will be held at the Dolby Theatre, now that Dolby has taken over sponsorship from Kodak. Here are some stats and such from Dolby:

  • — For the first time in 13 years, audience members
    and viewers at home will see a new name for the iconic landmark. The Oscars
    were first held at the Theatre on March 24, 2002, when it was named the Kodak
    Theatre. This was the same year that Halle Berry and Denzel Washington took
    home the Oscars for Best Actress and Best Actor in a motion picture.
  • — The Dolby Theatre is 180,000-square-feet with an
    86-foot-high-ceiling – that’s over 4 times as large in square footage as its
    adjacent neighbor, the TCL Chinese Theatre (formerly Grauman’s Chinese
    Theatre), which played home to the Academy Awards in 1944, 1945, and 1946.
  •  — The Dolby Theatre’s transformation is as
    dramatic as when black and white met color:

    • — Approximately
      200 new speakers installed throughout the Theatre many of which will be used
      for the Oscars
    • — A
      new 60 x 32 foot screen on the stage
    • — A
      new Dolby 3D system
    • — Two
      Christie 4K digital cinema projectors
    • — 13
      new subwoofers spread throughout the room to control the base
  • — This year, Dolby is giving you a front
    row seat at the Oscars.
    select clips featured in Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound, viewers with home
    theatre systems will have a truly immersive sound experience from the comfort
    of their living rooms, remarkably similar to that of their favorite celebrities
    inside the Dolby Theatre. The night of the show, a team of four people will
    manage the sound to ensure those watching at home have the very best sound

    • — Once the Oscars are over, the Dolby team is able
      to convert the Theatre from a live-events venue to a cinema venue in a mere 14
      hours. Two of this year’s nominees–“Zero Dark Thirty” best picture and “Brave”
      for best animated feature film–had their premieres right here, at the Dolby
    • — All of the Oscar-nominated films in the Sound
      Editing and Sound Mixing categories this year were released with Dolby
      technologies.  Films with Dolby audio have earned Oscars nominations for
      outstanding sound for 35 consecutive years.
    • — Most standard movie theatres have around 200
      seats, but for live presentations like the Oscars, The Dolby Theatre seats up
      to 3,400 attendees in the house!
    • — On the big night, an estimated 1.2 billion
      people around the world will get the new Dolby experience.
    • — The screen on-stage during the Oscars is 60 feet
      wide and 32 feet high; by comparison, the average movie theatre screen is about
      52 feet wide and 41 feet high.

    Thursday at 5:30 p.m., the “Dolby Theatre Welcomes You to Hollywood” sign made its official debut above Highland Ave. at Franklin Ave.