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Locations of the Academy Awards Ceremony

First Academy Awards, 1929

First Academy Awards ceremony at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel in Los Angeles, 1929. Photo from the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences.

Ceremony Year(s) Location of the Ceremony
1st 1929 Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel

Ambassador Hotel, Los Angeles

Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles (demolished 2006). Site of six Academy Awards ceremonies between 1930 and 1943. Photo by Colourphoto, Boston.

Ceremony Year(s) Location of the Ceremony
2nd-3rd 1930 (2nd in April; 3rd in November) Ambassador Hotel

Millenium Biltmore Hotel, Los Angeles

Millenium Biltmore Hotel in Downtown Los Angeles. Site of eight Academy Awards ceremonies between 1931 and 19xx. Photo by Downtowngal, via Wikimedia Commons.

Ceremony Year(s) Location of the Ceremony
4th 1931 Biltmore Hotel
5th–6th 1932-1934 (no ceremony in 1933) Ambassador Hotel
7th–11th 1935-1939 Biltmore Hotel
12th 1940 Ambassador Hotel
13th–14th 1941-1942 Biltmore Hotel
15th 1943 Ambassador Hotel

Grauman's Chinese Theatre, 1945

Grauman's Chinese Theatre in Hollywood, 1945. Site of three Academy Awards ceremonies between 1944 and 1946. Photo from Security National Bank Collection at the Los Angeles Public Library.

Ceremony Year(s) Location of the Ceremony
15th–18th 1944–1946 Grauman's Chinese Theater

Shrine Auditorium, Los Angeles

Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, site of 10 Academy Awards ceremonies between 1947 and 2001. Los Angeles Almanac Photo.

Ceremony Year(s) Location of the Ceremony
19th–20th 1947–1948 Shrine Auditorium
21st 1949 Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences Melrose Ave. theater

1954 Academy Awards at RKO Pantages Theater

26th Annual Academy Awards at the RKO Pantages Theater in Los Angeles, 1954. Site of 11 Academy Awards ceremonies between 1950 and 1960. Photo by Los Angeles Daily News, courtesy of UCLA Digital Library.

Ceremony Year(s) Location of the Ceremony
22nd–32nd 1950–1960 RKO Pantages Theater

Santa Monica Civic Auditorium

Santa Monica Civic Auditorium. Site of eight Academy Awards ceremonies between 1961-1968. Photo by Cbl62 at en.wikipedia via Wikimedia Commons.

Ceremony Year(s) Location of the Ceremony
33rd–40th 1961–1968 Santa Monica Civic Auditorium

Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, Los Angeles

Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in Los Angeles, site of 25 Academy Awards ceremonies between 1969 and 1999. Los Angeles Almanac Photo.

Ceremony Year(s) Location of the Ceremony
41st–59th 1969–1987 Dorothy Chandler Pavilion of the Music Center of L.A. County
60th–61st 1988–1989 Shrine Auditorium
62nd 1990 Dorothy Chandler Pavilion of the Music Center of L.A. County
63rd 1991 Shrine Auditorium
64th–66th 1992–1994 Dorothy Chandler Pavilion of the Music Center of L.A. County
67th 1995 Shrine Auditorium
68th 1996 Dorothy Chandler Pavilion of the Music Center of L.A. County
69th–70th 1997–1998 Shrine Auditorium
71st 1999 Dorothy Chandler Pavilion of the Music Center of L.A. County
72nd 2000 Shrine Auditorium
73rd 2001 Shrine Auditorium

Dolby Theatre in Hollywood

The Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, venue for Academy Awards ceremonies since 2002. Photo by Adam Fagen from Washington, DC, via Wikimedia Commons.

Ceremony Year(s) Location of the Ceremony
74th 2002 Kodak Theatre
75thth 2003 Kodak Theatre
76thth 2004 Kodak Theatre
77thth 2005 Kodak Theatre
78thth 2006 Kodak Theatre
79thth 2007 Kodak Theatre
80thth 2008 Kodak Theatre
81stst 2009 Kodak Theatre
82ndnd 2010 Kodak Theatre
83rdrd 2011 Kodak Theatre
84thth 2012 Hollywood and Highland Center Theatre (temporarily renamed from Kodak Theatre)
85thth 2013 Dolby Theatre (renamed from Hollywood and Highland Center Theatre)
86thth 2014 Dolby Theatre
87thth 2015 Dolby Theatre
88thth 2016 Dolby Theatre
89thth 2017 Dolby Theatre
90thth 2018 Dolby Theatre

Source: Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences


The Academy Awards ceremony had been postponed only three times since it began in 1929: in 1938 for one week due to severe flooding in Los Angeles; in 1968 for two days out of respect for the funeral of Dr. Martin Luther King; and in 1981 for one day due to the assassination attempt on President Ronald Reagan.