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Academy Museum

Academy Museum

Architect: Renzo Piano

Opened: 30th September 2021 (1 year ago)

Website: www.academymuseum.org Open website in new window

Telephone: (323) 930-3000 Call (323) 930-3000

Address: 6067 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90036 Show address in Google Maps (new window)


The Academy Museum of Motion Pictures is devoted to the history, science, and cultural impact of the film industry. Opened in September 2021, the museum contains the signature 966-seat Geffen Theater and the 288-seat Ted Mann Theater.

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Detailed Information

The museum was built by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) Link opens in new window, which also organizes the Academy Awards (The Oscars). During construction, AMPAS described the museum as being “the world’s premier institution devoted to exploring the art and science of movies and moviemaking”.

The 966-seat Geffen Theater
The 966-seat Geffen Theater

The museum was originally intended to be open in 2017, however was revised to 2019 and then 2020. As a result of the Covid-19 pandemic the opening was pushed back to September 2021. The project was originally slated to cost roughly $388 million, however jumped to $482 million by the time of completion.

The museum is located in the 1939 May Company department store building, immediately adjacent to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) Link opens in new window campus.

The design of the museum was overseen by Italian architect Renzo Piano. The exterior of the building (dedicated as the Saban Building following a $50 million donation from Cheryl and Haim Saban), was refurbished with new limestone, as well as new gold leaf tiles for its corner ”cylinder”.

A spherical structure was built as an extension of the main Saban Building, connected via skyway bridges, which houses the 966-seat Geffen Theater and the glass-domed Dolby Family Terrace above.

The 288-seat Ted Mann Theater
The 288-seat Ted Mann Theater

The Geffen Theater’s first public screening was “Malcolm X” (1992) Link opens in new window in 70mm, held on 26th September 2021 and featuring a live Q+A hosted by Jacqueline Stewart, the Museum’s Chief Artistic and Programming Officer, with director Spike Lee and actors Angela Bassett and Denzel Washington.

The 288-seat Ted Mann Theater is located in the basement of the Saban Building.

The Academy holds more than 13 million objects including costumes, film reels, posters, props, and screenplays dating back to 1927. Some key objects in the Museum’s collection include:

The second and third floors of the museum feature exhibitions, some of which are permanent and some gradually rotate.

How do I visit the Academy Museum?

The Academy Museum is open 10am to 6pm daily (8pm Fridays and Saturdays). See the museum’s Plan Your Visit page Link opens in new window for specifics and to check for special hours).

Entrance to the museum does not include entrance to the Geffen or Ted Mann theatres. The museum holds regular screenings in both theatres, you can check the schedule and book online here Link opens in new window.

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Technical Information

Geffen Theater
Digital Projection
2 x Christie / Dolby Vision laser projectors
Film Projection
35mm and 70mm with 3 x Norelco AAII projectors (two of which are nitrate capable)
Screen Size
66ft by 33ft (20.1m by 10.1m)
Seating Capacity
966
Sound System
Dolby Atmos
Ted Mann Theater
Projection
35mm, 70mm, and Digital
Screen Size
44ft by 22ft (13.4m by 6.7m)
Seating Capacity
288
Sound System
Dolby Atmos

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  1. Geffen Theater
  2. Ted Mann Theater
  3. Museum Galleries
  4. Exterior
Geffen Theater

The 966-seat David Geffen Theater is a grand presentation space for major film events, public programs, live performances, movie premieres, and other special events with the world’s leading filmmakers.

The theatre is fully equipped to present film in many formats, including nitrate, 35mm, 70mm, and laser projection supporting Dolby Vision, which allows visitors to see the subtle details and ultra-vivid colors creating multi-dimensional visuals. The theatre also features Dolby Atmos. The Geffen Theater’s stage can accommodate a 60-piece orchestra; its seating layout can be arranged to accommodate a sound booth; and catwalks can be rigged with theater lighting. Dolby is the exclusive audio and visual sponsor of the theatre.

Ted Mann Theater

The 288-seat Ted Mann Theater is located in the museum’s basement, is named for the head of Mann Theatres, and is the museum’s most utilized theatre. It offers screenings ranging from Saturday morning matinees for children of all ages to global cinema series.

The theatre has the capacity to present films in multiple formats, including 16mm, 35mm, 70mm, and laser projection supporting Dolby Vision, which allows visitors to see the subtle details and ultra-vivid colors creating multi-dimensional visuals. The theatre also features Dolby Atmos, a truly immersive audio experience. Fully accessible to moviegoers of all abilities, the Ted Mann Theater also presents live performances, lectures, panels, symposia, and community events throughout the year.

Museum Galleries
Exterior


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