Gayle Anderson was live in Hollywood at the HOLLYWOOD ROOSEVELT HOTEL, one of the BEST places to watch the ACADEMY AWARDS and the HONDA L.A. MARATHON PRESENTED BY K-SWISS.
The landmark HOLLYWOOD ROOSEVELT HOTEL, on the National Historic Register, is on Hollywood Boulevard, which is closed to traffic for the ACADEMY AWARDS, but you can still enjoy the festivities and see the celebrities right across the street from the KODAK THEATRE, the home of the Red Carpet and star studded Oscar activities.
The Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel has a long history of catering to the show biz elite. It was founded in 1927 by a syndicate of Hollywood luminaries (which included Mary Pickford, Douglas Fairbanks, Sid Grauman, and Louis B. Mayer) to house east coast movie-makers who were working out here on the west coast. At its grand opening, superstars of the day such as Will Rogers, Charlie Chaplin, Harold Lloyd, Clara Bow, Greta Garbo, and Gloria Swanson were on hand for the inaugural celebration.
The hotel's "Blossom Room" hosted the first ever Academy Awards ceremony May 19th, 1929. It was also the shortest Oscar ceremony ever, lasting just five minutes, as Douglas Fairbanks and Al Jolson helped give away 13 statuettes.
By the way, the historic Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel is one of FOUR Oscar related venues runners will see during the HONDA L.A. MARATHON PRESENTED BY K-SWISS. The other three locations that have hosted the Academy Awards are:
*Kodak Theatre: The 3,332 seat theatre opened in November 2001 and soon thereafter became known to more than one billion people across the globe as the first permanent home of the Academy Awards®.
*Grauman's Chinese Theatre: Built in 1927 by a partnership headed by Sid Grauman, the Chinese was intended to be the world's greatest theatre. It has since become one of southern California's most recognizable and visited landmarks and is steeped in Hollywood history, having been home to numerous premiers. The theatre was home to the Academy Awards between 1944 and 1946 and is adjacent to the Kodak Theater, current home of the Award
*Dorothy Chandler Pavillon: It is one of the halls in the Los Angeles Music Center (which is one of the three largest performing arts centers in the United States). The Music Center's other halls include the Mark Taper Forum, Ahmanson Theatre and Walt Disney Concert Hall. The Pavilion has 3,197 seats spread over four tiers, with chandeliers, wide curving stairways and rich décor. The location provided the perfect setting for the Academy Awards 24 times during the 20th century. (The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences held its annual Academy Awards in the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion from 1969 to 1987 and, according to the Academy's web site showing the locations of all Awards ceremonies, again from 1990 to 1994, in 1996, and, finally, in 1999.)
*The annual Academy Award ceremonies were held at the Pantages Theatre throughout the 1950's, which included the first time the Oscar ceremonies were ever televised (in 1953). And the Emmy Awards were held here each year until 1977, when they moved to Pasadena.
(And, the Oscar after parties are just as important as the main event! Did you know , Sammy Davis Jr., internationally famous for his performances on Broadway and in Las Vegas, as a recording artist, television and film star, and the only black member of Frank Sinatra "Rat Pack, became an overnight sensation following his performance at the Academy Awards after party in 1951 at a nightspot known as Ciro's. The place still exists. It's now known as THE COMEDY STORE.)
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