Monday, February 25, 2013

I Had Walked Up These Steps...At Kodak Theatre!

Kodak theatre...Dolby theatre where the Annual Oscar award ceremony is held!

I watched the Oscar Award ceremony today morning for sometime, in the TV.  I remembered visiting this place with my son in 2008.  Until a few years before that, I had never dreamed of walking the streets of Hollywood! I have not yet visited our Bollywood streets or even Bombay here, in our own country! Must visit one day to watch Aamir's shooting! Both of us, I and my husband were going through the old album of our visit to this place now!  Thought of sharing some pictures of the Kodak Theatre! Kodak Theatre is called as  Dolby theatre too! Read more about this in the highlighted links, please!

The above picture was from wikipedia, thanks to them! All the other pictures were taken by me! I wrote the comments while uploading the pictures to Picasa.  I am copy pasting them.  It is nice to read them now...we had forgotten most of the details of the pictures! So, I learnt a new lesson now...we should jot down the captions as soon as we upload pictures!

We went up the stairs to the theatre entrance. Some 10-12 screens are there, showing movies. Other stories in this building are full of shops and restaurants!

This is the entrance to the Kodak theatre, which is very familiar. The stars walk to the function of the award ceremony via these stairs. I too walked up the stairs on that day!
This is the close up of the Kodak theatre, where the Annual Oscar award ceremony takes place.

Oscar winners through the years. This is near the entrance of the Kodak theatre.

The pictures which are featured below were on the pavements in front of the Kodak Theatre.  The imprints/foot and hand prints of famous singers and film personalities along with the famous Mohammad Ali's...I wonder how he got the honoured place...yes, he was a great man indeed, but not in filmdom!

The Hall of fame. We saw this star on the platform along with the names of famous film stars! This is my favourite singer, Phil Collins.

This is the star of stars, Donald Duck.

Shoe and hand prints of Warren Beatty, 1/98!

This is the shoe and hand prints of Humphrey Bogart, 7th Aug. '46.  Sidney - Sid, was the founder of the Kodak Theatre. Did you notice the writing? 'Sid, May you never die till I kill you!'

Hand and shoe prints of Gregory Peck - Year 1944, 15th Dec.

Hand and boot prints of Cecil B.Demille - Hollywood director - year 1941, Aug. 7th.

The name of all the other stars were on the pavement. But Mohammad Ali's was on the side wall of the theatre! Great! I don't see the date, though!

After visiting this place, we walked/drove through the Sunset Boulevard, where the famous stars of Hollywood lived/live!

Yes, we had an unforgettable experience and I relived it now, while preparing this post! I have not seen any movies which won the Oscars, this year, 2013.  I am happy that 'Life of Pi' won 4 Oscars! I would have been happier if Bombay Jayashree had won an Oscar for her song in the film!

Have you seen any of the movie which won Oscar this year?



rama said...

Wonderful post Sandhya. I wish you had also posted a picture of yours with your son.
Yes even I have been there, and of course not to watch the Oscars.
Thank you for taking us down the memory lane. The pictures are good.

Sandhya said...

RAMA: Haha...a picture with my son here?!

Thank you, Rama! I never thought I would remember so much about our visit to this place! Maybe because I was with my son, strolling here!

AS said...

Awesome pics and thanks for sharing them and letting us a peek into the amazing building!

Destination Infinity said...

Does oscars happen in this venue every year or only this year? The steps look nice, but was it difficult to climb so many?

The idea of footprints and handprints is unique. One day, I need to go there and put my hand & foot prints there (secretly) :P

Destination Infinity

Sandhya said...

AS: Thank you, AS! It was a nice feeling walking in the corridor where famous people had walked!

DESTINATION INFINITY: Oscars always happen here every year. Check the link for more details, D.I. It is interesting. It is called 'Dolby theatre' now.

Maybe, I should have done it when I was there! Generations of my family could have viewed them later! Secretly, eh?! You are incredible! Then include the information in your autobiography?!

Rahul Aggarwal said...

footprints and hand prints is a good way of letting people know that they were here ..

you should have posted a pic of yours as well ...

reading this post .. i just want to say that it must have been an awesome experience being there!

radha said...

'Been there done that' experience for you ! Not watched any Oscar movie yet.

Pattu Raj said...

Oh..I visit your blog often, and am not sure whether I commented so far.

I found that I too had visited those famous steps and walked on those names.:-)

Lovely pictures. thanks for sharing.

Pattu Raj said...

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Usha Pisharody said...

Oh my! What a feeling it must be to see it and know you had been there :)

Sandhya said...

RAHUL AGGARWAL: Yes, it was a happy experience! More than that I was with my son who is there.

I never expected to see the foot and hand prints of celebrities there. I hadn't read about it earlier anywhere.

Photo...I am reluctant to display myself in social websites!

I wonder how Mohammad Ali was there on the wall!

RADHA: Yes, Radha, it was a happy experience!

PATTU RAJ: I remember seeing you in Zephyr's posts! Anyway, welcome to my space! I know you are a good friend of her!

Thank you, Pattu! Will visit your blog too!

USHA PISHARODY: Yes, Usha! It was a happy feeling!

BK Chowla, said...

I can imagine how would have felt.These are some of the lifetime experiences.

R. Ramesh said...

yes as bkc correctly says, these are some of the lifetime experiences:)

Krishna said...

Informative post...


Avada Kedavra said...

Nice post.. reminded me of the time I had visited this street and the studio with my parents :)

Swaram said...

What a lovely feeling to be able to relate to a place this way :)
Nice post Sandhya!

Sandhya said...

BK CHOWLA: Yes, Chowlaji! I realised it while watching Oscars...though I am not very familiar with most of the actors!

RAMESH: Yes, Ramesh!

KRISHNA: Thank you, Krishna!

AVADA KEDAVRA: Thank you, Ashwini! We never forget some things and this is one!

SWARAM: Yes, Swaram! Thank you!

Ruprekha said...

Wonderful tour Sandhya. Must have been a great experience.Thanks for sharing.

P.N. Subramanian said...

Very interesting post. I feelk the camera should have an option of providing captions to every shot.

Rahul Bhatia said...

Beautiful post ,Sandhya and you recreated the magic of Oscars through this post!

Anu said...

Wow! the pictures are great Sandhya. Even I liked Bombay Jayashree' lullaby in Life of Pi. But Adele's Skyfall was definitely superior than Jayashree's.

Sandhya said...

RUPREKHA: Thank you, Ruprekha! Yes, it was a happy trip for us!

PN SUBRAMANIAN: Yes, that would have been nice!

RAHUL BHATIA: Thank you, Rahulji!

ANU: Yes, Adele's is good! Still, it would have been our first Oscar for Carnatic...pure Indian music if Jayashree had won. But she was is the first step!

Varunavi said...

Wow Sandhya you visited Kodak Theatre. Super pics and i loved the pictures of hand print and writings of the stars.

I watched only Life of PI.

Shail Mohan said...

Wow! That must surely have been wonderful :) Thanks for sharing the pictures.

Sai Charan said...

Happy to know that you have visited the Kodak theatre and walked those famous steps :)

Was nice to see the photos, thank you for sharing and I can imagine how you felt spending time at the place and you'll always cherish those memories :)

Sai :)

Sandhya said...

VARUNAVI: I have to watch 'Life of Pi' very soon!

Thank you, Saritha!

SHAIL MOHAN: Thank you, Shail! It was a wonderful experience!

SAI CHARAN: Yes, the memories will remain with me always! Thank you!

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