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Living With the Oscars: Big Street Closures Start Sunday

Hollywood Boulevard between Orange Drive and Highland Avenue will be closed on Sunday as crews prepare for the ceremony.

The Academy Awards are nine days away, but some Hollywood-area traffic changes are already in place, with more extensive restrictions taking effect Sunday.

The 84th Oscars ceremony will be held Feb. 26 at the Kodak Theater, and negotiating the spate of street closures is an annual ritual for motorists who need to navigate the area.

Some alleys, sidewalks and curb lanes have already been closed near Hollywood Boulevard and Highland Avenue, but the big traffic headaches will begin at 10 p.m. Sunday, when Hollywood Boulevard is closed between Orange Drive and Highland. That stretch will remain closed until 6 a.m. Feb. 28.

Other closures taking effect Sunday are:

  • North and south sidewalks of Hollywood Boulevard between Orange and Highland, with the exception of an 8-foot pedestrian access, except for the area directly in front of the Awards Walk leading to the Kodak Theater;
  • Pedestrian crosswalk mid-block on Hollywood Boulevard between Orange and Highland in front of the Kodak Theater;
  • North and south curb lanes of Hawthorn Avenue from Highland Avenue to Orange Drive.
  • Hawthorn alley behind the El Capitan Theatre from 300 feet east of Orange Drive east to the "T" alley.

Additional street closures will take effect in the days just prior to the Oscars ceremony.

Some Metro buses will be routed around the area. The Metro Red Line will continue stopping at the Hollywood and Highland station until the final train on Feb. 25. Trains will then bypass the station until 6 a.m. Feb. 27.

A detailed listing of street closures is available at www.oscars.org/closures. We've also attached a PDF of the list and maps.

Scott Zwartz February 17, 2012 at 06:22 PM
if LA were not run on the basis of Corruption and Incompetence, the Kodak theater would have been constructed to that streets would NOT have to be closed. From the standpoint of The Hollywood of Mythical Legend, the Oscars is our Christmas and 4th of July combined. But our corrupt and incompetent City Council allowed goniffs, mamzers and schmazels turn this project into an eternal nightmare. The project lost $454 Million and why? Corruption and Incompetence. This corner was perhaps the most vital open place in Hollywood -- with Groman's Chinese Theater at the other end of the block. The sole and only thing for that corner was a Grand Theater Palace for The Oscars. Instead the fools decided to make a shopping mall! BTW, where's the missing $454 Million?

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