Academy Museum of Motion Pictures

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. Set to open on December 14, 2020, 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 provide an immersive experience for visitors to explore the cultural and creative contributions that Hollywood and the film industry have made around the world.[1]

Academy Museum of Motion Pictures
Future museum location at the 1939 Streamline Moderne May Company building
Location6067 Wilshire Boulevard at Fairfax Avenue, Wilshire district, Los Angeles, California, United States
TypeMotion picture history
Public transit accessLAMetroLogo.svg D Line (Purple)  Wilshire/Fairfax (2023)
WebsiteOfficial site

The Museum will be established in the historic May Company Building—renamed the Saban Building following a $50 million gift from Cheryl and Haim Saban—on the corner of Wilshire and Fairfax on Los Angeles's Museum Mile. The 300,000 square-foot facility is being designed by Pritzker Prize–winning architect Renzo Piano with Renzo Piano Building Workshop and Gensler.[2]

The project is currently led by Bill Kramer, Director of the Academy Museum,[3] with NBCUniversal's Vice Chairman Ron Meyer as head of the Academy Museum's Board of Trustees.[4]


Pritzker Prize–winning architect Renzo Piano designed two buildings for the 300,000 square-foot campus: the Saban Building (the former May Company Building, a historical LA landmark); and The Sphere, a new structure featuring the 1,000-seat state-of-the-art David Geffen Theater and the Dolby Terrace, which offers a panoramic view of the Hollywood Hills and the iconic Hollywood sign.

The museum will include 50,000 square feet of galleries, two theaters, cutting-edge project spaces, an outdoor piazza, a rooftop terrace with sweeping views of the Hollywood Hills, an active education studio, special event spaces, a restaurant, and store.


The David Geffen Theater

Located in The Sphere, the 1,000-seat David Geffen Theater will represent the relationship between art and technology. The theater’s programming will include presentations illuminating the art of filmmaking, film premieres from new and established filmmakers, and other high-profile events.[5]

Ted Mann Theater

The 288-seat Ted Mann Theater will provide a more intimate space for visitors and will offer special programs and screenings.[6]


Since the 1930s, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has been collecting movie-related materials and is now considered the world's prominent curator of cinema history. The Academy's permanent collection of over 12 million photographs, 190,000 moving image items, 80,000 screenplays, 61,000 posters and over 104,000 pieces of production art will influence the Museum's future exhibitions.[7]

Some key objects in the Museum's collection include:

Board of TrusteesEdit

Formed in December 2017, the Board of Trustees serves as the main governing body of the Museum and is responsible for overseeing the Museum’s overall strategic vision. The Board comprises 19 film industry professionals with the intention to add more Trustees in the future.

Currently, the Trustees include: NBCUniversal Vice Chairman Ron Meyer (Chair), Blumhouse Productions founder Jason Blum (Treasurer), three-time Oscar nominated actress Laura Dern, Dolby Family Ventures' David Dolby, Gaumont Vice Chairman and CEO Sidonie Seydoux Dumas, world-renowned fashion designer Diane von Fürstenberg, Paramount Pictures Chairman and CEO Jim Gianopulos, five-time Oscar nominated actor Tom Hanks, Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences CEO Dawn Hudson, film and television producer Mark Johnson, CJ Group Vice Chairwoman Miky Lee, Cinepolis CEO Alejandro Ramirez Magaña, East West Bank Chairman and CEO Dominic Ng, Bloomberg Associates Principal Katherine Oliver, Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences President David Rubin, Netflix CCO Ted Sarandos (Vice-Chair), K Period Media founder Kimberly Steward (Secretary), producer Emma Thomas, and Dolby Laboratories President and CEO Kevin Yeaman.[8]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Our Story: Academy Museum". Retrieved 2019-06-15.
  2. ^ "Academy Museum of Motion Pictures".
  3. ^ "Academy Museum Taps Bill Kramer as New Director". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2019-11-11.
  4. ^ Keegan, Rebecca. "LACMA sees the big picture as Academy Museum moves in next door". Retrieved 2019-06-15.
  5. ^ Team, The Deadline; Team, The Deadline (2013-04-08). "David Geffen Foundation Donates $25M To Academy Museum Of Motion Pictures: New Theater To Be Named For Him". Deadline. Retrieved 2019-06-15.
  6. ^ Team, The Deadline; Team, The Deadline (2013-07-23). "Academy Museum Raises $5M From 3 Gifts". Deadline. Retrieved 2019-06-15.
  7. ^ "Collection Overview".
  8. ^ Freeman, Maria (2019-11-07). "Academy Museum of Motion Pictures Announces the Addition of 7 Trustees". Los Angeles Business Journal. Retrieved 2019-11-11.

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