For more than 30 years now, there have been just two venues that have hosted the annual Academy Awards. It isn’t like the Super Bowl or Olympics where the cities and venues change each time. The Oscars have been held in the Los Angeles area throughout its entire history of more than 90 years, with much of the early era changing venues quite frequently. Here are all of those venues that have called the Oscars there home at some point:
Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel – The Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel hosted only one Oscars, and it was the very first one in 1929 that wasn’t broadcast on radio or television. The hotel, which still stands as a landmark, is said to be haunted by late celebrities, some say.
Ambassador Hotel – The Ambassador Hotel is another Los Angeles landmark that was actually several years older than the Roosevelt. The Ambassador shared hosted duties every other year between 1930 and 1943. The hotel is no longer open, though, closing its doors in 1989 and was demolished in 2006 after 85 years of standing.
Biltmore Hotel – The other hotel to alternate hosting duties between 1930 and 1943 with the Ambassador is the Biltmore. Unlike the Ambassador, though, the Biltmore still stands as the Millennium Biltmore Hotel thanks to massive renovations that have happened since its opening in 1923. The Biltmore has been a designated landmark for 50 years now, and has been used in plenty of movies and television shows.
TCL Chinese Theatre – Opened in 1927 as the Chinese Theatre, the historical Hollywood landmark is still one of the most frequently used for major movie premieres to this day. Now under the sponsored name of the TCL Chinese Theatre, this historical venue hosted three consecutive Oscars from 1944 to 1946.
Shrine Auditorium – The Shrine Auditorium first opened its doors in 1926, and like some of the other previous hosts has seen major facelifts and upgrades over the years. The Shrine replaced the Chinese Theatre for both the 1947 and 1948 shows, but it wasn’t done there. Between 1988 and 2001, the Shrine took turns hosting the Oscars thanks to more renovations.
Academy Award Theater – For just one year in 1949, the Oscars operated in a small theater that was simply dubbed as the Academy Award Theater. It was the first time that it wasn’t hosted in a large auditorium or hotel during the show’s history.
Pantages Theatre – The Pantages Theatre was built on Hollywood Boulevard in 1930, and was acquired in the late 1940s by Howard Hughes, renaming it the RKO Pantages Theatre. Shortly after the acquisition, it played host to the Oscars from 1950 to 1960. The theatre is still in operation to this day, with several productions each year.
Santa Monica Civic Auditorium – In 1958, a new convention center opened in Santa Monica that took the Oscars outside of the Los Angeles city limits for the first time in 1961. The Civic Auditorium hosted the Oscars each year between then and 1968. It’s still in use as a convention center, overall, but doesn’t have any major awards shows.
Dorothy Chandler Pavilion – For many years, the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion (part of the Los Angeles Music Center) was an Oscar host. The building opened in 1964 and had the perfect amount of seating for the Oscars at around 3,200. The Pavilion played host every year between 1967 and 1987, and took turns with the Shrine Auditorium every year between 1988 and 2001.
Dolby Theatre – Slightly larger than the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, this venue opened as the Kodak Theatre in 2001 with the 2002 Oscars being one of the first events to take place. While there have been many other television shows and stage productions here, what’s now known as the Dolby Theatre has been the home for the Oscars every year since 2002. There are no plans to replace the theatre at this time, either.