The Academy Museum of Motion Pictures in LA is a new home for thousands of items of movie memorabilia and a place to inspire coming generations of moviemakers. The AMMP campus sets the stage for screenings of rare and current films in two state of the art theatres including the 1,000 seat David Geffen Theatre. In person interviews with actors, directors and movie industry insiders are filling the calendar. From the first celluloid films to the world’s most advanced digital creations, movies are being carefully curated and preserved for the future. Posters, costumes, props, and scripts from movie classics are on display in the galleries.
Take in the free mini-history of the movies in the Spielberg Family Gallery before heading upstairs to the Stories of Cinema galleries. Here’s where you’ll find out how movies are made, from the first idea sketched on an envelope, through script development, and first shout of “action” to the final journey to the editing room. The Museum has chosen “The Wizard of Oz” for its first detailed analysis, with more to follow. Individual galleries shine a spotlight on the work of directors like Spike Lee or display extensive costume collections donated by stars like Katharine Hepburn. For the opening, the focus is on the work of famed Japanese director Hayao Miyazaki. Interactive exhibits allow you to enter his animated surrealistic worlds.
The building’s architect, Renzo Piano, has created a masterpiece in the Saban Building, located on LA’s Miracle Mile. Formerly a Macy’s department store, the space has been completely reimagined, from the light filled Sidney Poitier lobby to the glass-sphere sheltered 8,600 square foot Dolby Family Terrace. Piano’s other internationally acclaimed buildings include The Shard in London and the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York City.
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