Academy Museum of Motion Pictures Opens to Public, Sept. 30

October 01, 2021 - by commARCH
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Academy Museum of Motion Pictures Opens to Public, Sept. 30

What?
Academy Museum of Motion Pictures will open its doors to the public.

When?
September 30, 2021.

Who?
Designer: Renzo Piano and Renzo Piano Building Workshop
Architect: Gensler
Engineer: Buro Happold


Image Credits: Academy Museum of Motion Pictures

 

Where?
Los Angeles, California.

What is significant about the museum?
Located in Los Angeles, the world capital of moviemaking, the new museum is the largest in North America devoted to exploring films and film culture and is the only such museum in Los Angeles.

The 300,000-square-foot Academy Museum at Wilshire Boulevard and Fairfax Avenue combines two contrasting structures: the renovated and expanded May Company building, a 1939 Streamline Moderne landmark now renamed the Saban Building in honor of benefactors Cheryl and Haim Saban, and a soaring new glass-and-concrete spherical building.

The 250,000-square-foot Saban Building houses the Fairfax Avenue entrance and Sidney Poitier Grand Lobby, the museum’s exhibition galleries, the 288-seat Ted Mann Theater, Shirley Temple Education Studio, Debbie Reynolds Conservation Studio, Fanny’s restaurant and café, and the Academy Museum Store. The 45,000-square-foot sphere building houses the 1,000-seat David Geffen Theater and the Dolby Family Terrace.

The venue is also an award-winner in its own right for its structural innovations created by engineer Buro Happold with the architects Renzo Piano Building Workshop and Gensler. According to structures designer Derrick Roorda, P.E., S.E, of acclaimed firm Buro Happold in Los Angeles, the museum's massive, 690-panel orb theater is balanced on four mega-column supports designed to protect the museum from earthquakes.

Why is the museum important?
Bill Kramer, Director and President of the Academy Museum, said, “We are living in changing and ever-evolving times, and now more than ever we need to come together to share our stories, learn from one another, and bond over being entertained and delighted. This is what movies do, and we are thrilled to be opening such a dynamic, diverse and welcoming institution devoted to this beloved artform. I am so deeply grateful to the entire Academy Museum team and all of our partners who have worked with such dedication and integrity in building this new institution—for Los Angeles and for the world.”
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