Film academy unveils design of new museum

Published Oct 19, 2012 10:53am

This Oct. 17, 2012 rendering released by AMPAS/Renzo Piano Building Workshop shows the Concept Phase of the new Academy Museum of Motion Pictures, designed by architects Renzo Piano and Zoltan Pali, with a view from Fairfax Avenue looking south in Los Angeles. — AP Photo

 LOS ANGELES: Hollywood's movers and shakers say they have raised $100 million toward the construction of a new American cinema museum and are revealing its design concept for the nonprofit facility.  

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced Thursday that the first major American museum dedicated to film will occupy the historic May Company Wilshire building in Los Angeles. The design of architects Renzo Piano and Zoltan Pali restores the street-front facades of the 1938 building and will include a new modern movie theater.

This Oct. 17, 2012 rendering released by AMPAS/Renzo Piano Building Workshop shows the Concept Phase of the new Academy Museum of Motion Pictures, designed by architects Renzo Piano and Zoltan Pali, with a view from Fairfax Avenue looking north in Los Angeles. — AP Photo

Academy officials say the 300,000-square-foot (27,870-square-meter) museum will open in 2016.

The organization plans to raise another $150 million to support the new museum. The initial $100 million came from private donations from film studios, corporations, entertainment-industry guilds and individuals such as Tom Hanks, Jerry Bruckheimer, Bob Iger, John Lasseter and others.


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