Academy Museum of Motion Pictures

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Academy Museum of Motion Pictures
The May Company Building 2021.jpg
The Saban Building, a restored 1939 Streamline Moderne May Company building (2021)
Location6067 Wilshire Boulevard at Fairfax Avenue, Wilshire district, Los Angeles, California, United States
TypeMotion picture history
Public transit accessLAMetroLogo.svg D Line  Wilshire/Fairfax (2023)
The Sphere at the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures in March 2021

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. It is currently set to open on September 30, 2021[1] after a number of delays.[2] 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 enable visitors to explore the cultural and creative contributions that Hollywood and the film industry have made around the world.[3]

The Museum is repurposing the historic May Company Building—renamed the Saban Building following a $50 million gift from Cheryl and Haim Saban[4]—on the corner of Wilshire and Fairfax on Los Angeles's Museum Mile. The 300,000 square-foot facility was designed by Pritzker Prize–winning architect Renzo Piano with Renzo Piano Building Workshop and Gensler.[5] The project is currently led by Bill Kramer, Director and President of the Academy Museum.[6]


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 with the 1,000-seat David Geffen Theater, and the Dolby Terrace, which has a panoramic view of the Hollywood Hills.

The museum will include 50,000 square feet (4,600 m2) of galleries, two theaters, project spaces, an outdoor piazza, a rooftop terrace, an active education studio, special event spaces, a restaurant, and a store.


The 1,000-seat David Geffen Theater is located in the Sphere. The theater's programming will include presentations on the art of filmmaking, film premieres from new and established filmmakers, and other high-profile events.[7]

The 288-seat Ted Mann Theater will offer special programs and screenings.[8]


Since the 1930s, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has been collecting movie-related materials. 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.[9]

Some key objects in the Museum's collection include:

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  1. ^ Davis, Clayton (December 18, 2020). "Academy Museum Opening Delayed to September 2021". Variety.
  2. ^ Miranda, Carolina A. (June 15, 2020). "Citing 'devastating pandemic,' Academy Museum once again delays opening — to April 2021". Los Angeles Times.
  3. ^ "Our Story: Academy Museum". Retrieved 2019-06-15.
  4. ^ Rottenberg, Josh (September 27, 2017). "$50 million gift from Cheryl and Haim Saban gives Motion Picture Academy museum a major boost". Los Angeles Times.
  5. ^ "Academy Museum of Motion Pictures".
  6. ^ "Academy Museum: Governance". Retrieved 2020-08-25.
  7. ^ "David Geffen Foundation Donates $25M To Academy Museum Of Motion Pictures: New Theater To Be Named For Him". Deadline. 2013-04-08. Retrieved 2019-06-15.
  8. ^ "Academy Museum Raises $5M From 3 Gifts". Deadline. 2013-07-23. Retrieved 2019-06-15.
  9. ^ "Collection Overview".
  10. ^ Bahr, Lindsey (November 23, 2020). "Bruce, the last 'Jaws' shark, docks at the Academy Museum". Opelika-Auburn News. Archived from the original on December 2, 2020. Retrieved November 24, 2020 – via Associated Press. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)

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