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Enhancing Oscar Performances at the Dolby Theatre

Enhancing Oscar Performances at the Dolby Theatre
  • By Oscar Insider

“Has Dolby made any adjustments to the sound system in the theater which will enhance this year’s performances?”

The new Dolby Theatre showcases the very best entertainment technologies. It took 70 workers several months to complete a massive transformation of the 180,000-square-foot, 3,400-seat theatre, including installing nearly 200 top-of-the-line speakers, many of which will be used for the Oscars®.

Now, the Dolby Theatre is a world-class venue that presents the best entertainment experience possible, not only for the Academy Awards® show, but also for the best cinema experience: Oscar-nominated films like Brave and Zero Dark Thirty premiered at the Dolby Theatre.   

With the help of Dolby, the guests in the theatre and the 1.2 billion people watching on TV, online, and on mobile devices will experience the Oscars as they never have sounded before. To that end, Dolby has been working closely not only with show producers Craig Zaldan and Neil Maron, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, and film studios, but also with broadcast director Don Mischer, sound mixer Paul Sandweiss, ABC engineers on-site and in New York, and more than 50 other experts.

This close collaboration in every aspect of the event will ensure that the entire broadcast sounds its best, from the highly anticipated performances by Barbra Streisand and Adele, to the nominees’ film clips and pre-recorded segments. The goal: to use sound to ensure that all viewers—whether they are watching on TV or online—feel as if they, too, are sitting in the Dolby Theatre as the action unfolds.

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