Oscars Week Prompts LA Street and Sidewalk Closures

A handful of streets and sidewalks near Hollywood's Dolby Theatre will be sealed off with limited access before, during and after the 86th Academy Awards telecast

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    With the 86th Academy Awards ceremony around the corner, roads and walkways in the Hollywood-Highland vicinity are closing Sunday to accommodate the construction of press risers, fan bleachers and other fixtures.

    In preparation for next week’s 86th Oscars ceremony, a string of street and sidewalk closures are set to begin Sunday night.

    The shutdowns and detours -- a majority of which will last through the week -- will enhance public safety, security tactics and production flow for the film industry award show, according to a release from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

    The Oscars will take place March 2 at the Dolby Theatre. Major thoroughfares affected before the event include:

    • Hollywood Boulevard (between Highland Avenue and Orange Drive); 10 p.m., Feb. 23 to 6 a.m., March 4
    • Hawthorn Alley (east side of El Capitan Theatre); 10 p.m., Feb. 23 to 6 a.m., March 4
    • Hawthorn Avenue (between Highland Avenue and Orange Drive); 12:01 a.m., Feb. 28 to 6 a.m., March 3
    • Orchid Street (area south of Franklin Boulevard to Orchid Alley); 6 a.m., March 1 to 6 a.m., March 3
    • Orange Drive (from Orchid Alley to Hollywood Boulevard); 6 a.m., March 1 to 6 a.m., March 3
    • Johnny Grant Way (from Highland Avenue to Orchid Street); 10 p.m., March 1 to 6 a.m., March 3

    On the day of the show, larger strips of Hollywood Boulevard and Hawthorn Avenue will be closed between La Brea and Wilcox avenues. Access to portions of Orange Drive, Yucca Street, McCadden Place, Wilcox Avenue and Highland Avenue will also be sealed off.

    The Academy has posted full details, including visuals of the road and sidewalk closures, on its website.

    With regard to public transit, Metro trains will dodge the Hollywood-Highland station after the last regularly scheduled train on March 1 and will continue to do so until 6 a.m. on March 3. Service at the station will resume afterward.

    Most streets and sidewalks will reopen March 3 and 4; however, a small strip of Orchid Alley (between Orange Drive and Orchid Street) will remain closed until March 8.