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Academy Museum of Motion Pictures
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Future museum location at the 1939 Streamline Moderne May Company building
Established 2020
Location 6067 Wilshire Boulevard at Fairfax Avenue, Wilshire district, Los Angeles, California, United States
Type Motion picture history
Public transit access LAMetroLogo.svg       Wilshire/Fairfax (2023)

The Academy Museum of Motion Pictures is a museum currently under construction by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in Los Angeles, California. Set to open on September 30, 2021, after a number of delays, the Academy Museum will be the nation's first large-scale museum entirely dedicated to the art, science, craft, business, and history of film. The permanent and rotating exhibits will provide an immersive experience for visitors to explore the cultural and creative contributions that Hollywood and the film industry have made around the world.

The Museum will be established in the historic May Company Building—renamed the Saban Building following a $50 million gift from Cheryl and Haim Saban—on the corner of Wilshire and Fairfax on Los Angeles's Museum Mile. The 300,000 square-foot facility is being designed by Pritzker Prize–winning architect Renzo Piano with Renzo Piano Building Workshop and Gensler.

The project is currently led by Bill Kramer, Director and President of the Academy Museum.

In May 2020, the museum revealed it had purchased the magnificent May Queen dress worn by actress Florence Pugh. The gown is seen to have sold on the A24 Auction platform for $65,000.

Design

Pritzker Prize–winning architect Renzo Piano designed two buildings for the 300,000-square-foot (28,000 m2) campus: the Saban Building (the former May Company Building, a historical LA landmark); and The Sphere, a new structure featuring the 1,000-seat state-of-the-art David Geffen Theater and the Dolby Terrace, which offers a panoramic view of the Hollywood Hills and the iconic Hollywood sign.

The museum will include 50,000 square feet (4,600 m2) of galleries, two theaters, cutting-edge project spaces, an outdoor piazza, a rooftop terrace with sweeping views of the Hollywood Hills, an active education studio, special event spaces, a restaurant, and store.

Theaters

David Geffen Theater

Located in The Sphere, the 1,000-seat David Geffen Theater will represent the relationship between art and technology. The theater's programming will include presentations illuminating the art of filmmaking, film premieres from new and established filmmakers, and other high-profile events.

Ted Mann Theater

The 288-seat Ted Mann Theater will provide a more intimate space for visitors and will offer special programs and screenings.

Collections

Since the 1930s, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has been collecting movie-related materials and is now considered the world's prominent curator of cinema history. The Academy's permanent collection of over 12 million photographs, 230,000 moving image items, 80,000 screenplays, 61,000 posters and over 104,000 pieces of production art will influence the Museum's future exhibitions.

Some key objects in the Museum's collection include:

Board of Trustees

The Board of Trustees serves as the main governing body of the Museum and is responsible for overseeing the Museum's overall strategic vision.

Currently, the Trustees include: Harvard University Chief of Staff and Strategic Advisor to the President Patricia S. Bellinger; Blumhouse Productions founder Jason Blum; Rolex Global Director of Communications and Image Arnaud Boetsch; Oscar-winning actress Laura Dern; Dolby Family Ventures' David Dolby; Gaumont Vice Chairman and CEO Sidonie Seydoux Dumas; world-renowned fashion designer Diane von Fürstenberg; Paramount Pictures Chairman and CEO Jim Gianopulos (Treasurer); J.P. Morgan Private Bank Managing Director and West Region Head Oliver de Givenchy; Oneida Indian Nation Representative and CEO Ray Halbritter; two-time Oscar-winning actor Tom Hanks; Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences CEO Dawn Hudson; film and television producer Mark Johnson; CJ Group Vice Chairwoman Miky Lee; Cinepolis CEO Alejandro Ramirez Magaña; director, writer, and producer Ryan Murphy; East West Bank Chairman and CEO Dominic Ng; Bloomberg Associates Principal Katherine Oliver; Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences President David Rubin; Netflix CCO Ted Sarandos (Acting Chair); Artemis Rising Foundation CEO and Founder Regina K. Scully; K Period Media founder Kimberly Steward (Secretary); producer Emma Thomas; and Dolby Laboratories President and CEO Kevin Yeaman.

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