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Monday, February 10, 2020

Academy Museum: Sort of Opened

It is only fitting that I write a follow-up on the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures on the day of the 2020 Oscar presentations.

Museum as it now stands.

Located at the junction of Wilshire and Fairfax Boulevards in L.A., I've been following the progress of the Museum for several years, highlighting one issue after another that postponed its opening - not the least of which was a funding shortfall of several hundred million dollars. Finally, on Friday, it was opened for a press tour - no official opening has been announced.

Just six months ago, construction was halted and plans redrawn to make the facility smaller due to a lack of funding. A campaign to raise the "new" budget requirement of $388m to complete the 'downsized' project was met as $368m was received in pledges and cash.

Construction on the Museum began in October of 2015 and was originally  scheduled to open by the end of 2016. Fast forward to 2020 and five years later it is scheduled to open by year's end.

 The Museum will feature a 1600 seat auditorium where 35mm, 70mm, and digital films will be screened. A smaller 288 seat aud will also screen content and run exhibit features on the history of the cinema. The Museum's main feature is a large, death-star shaped atrium/lobby, ample exhibition spaces, a restaurant, and retail space are also included.. Admission pricing has not been announced.

Jim Lavorato, Founder 4M Performance

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