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Film Buffs Will Have Their Own ‘Academy Museum’ In Los Angeles Next Year

Travelers Today       By    MJ De Castro

Updated: Jun 18, 2018 11:51 PM EDT

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After nine decades of planning, the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures is finally underway. The massive museum will have its home at the corner of Fairfax and Wilshire.

According to its website, the museum will not only be entertaining but also immersive, educational, and experimental. The museum will offer its guests a great insight and experience on moviemaking and what is happening behind the scenes.

The museum headed by the same Academy responsible for the Oscars is a celebration of the vibrant history of Hollywood. It will be the first grand institution in the world that is solely dedicated to the science and art of films.

What To Expect

The museum is set to have a displays that will be drawn from the unmatched collection of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. The collection consists of more than 190,000 video and film assets, 80,000 screenplays, 20,000 production and costume design illustrations, 104,000 pieces of production art, and over 12 million photos.

Some of the notable displays of the museum includes the shark from Jaws, the ruby slippers from the The Wizard of Oz, Rick's Café from Casablanca, and other pieces from the collection of director Alfred Hitchcock, Cary Grant, and Katharine Hepburn.

It will be housed in the six-story Saban Building, which will have over 50,000 square feet of galleries for exhibition, a restaurant and a café, dynamic spaces for special and public events, a modern education studio, and a 288-seat theater.

Adding to the magnificent sights that it offers is a David Geffen Theater, which can accommodate up to 1,000 people. The theater will be a venue to a wide range of performances, including premiers, screening, performances, and other events participated by the best filmmakers in the world.

The museum also boasts colossal glass spherical structure atop the Dolby Family Terrace, which also has an observatory with a breathtaking view of the famous Hollywood Hills. The museum's grand glass centerpiece will be located in the renovated May Company structure that was built on 1939 on Miracle Mile.

Designed by Pritzker Prize winner architect Renzo Piano in partnership with architecture firm Gensler, the museum largely took inspiration from its mission, which was to give its visitors a chance to look behind the screen and into the multi-faceted and creative world of filmmaking.

In an interview with Variety, Academy Museum director Kerry Brougher said that it is more than a museum. It is a great center for filmmakers to experience the industry in many ways.

The extravagant museum has a budget of $400 million and is set to open on mid-2019.

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