Oscar academy plans outdoor theater in Hollywood [Calif.]

Monday – 12/19/2011, 8:07am  ET 

LOS ANGELES (AP) – The overseers of the Academy Awards are building an outdoor theater and event space on a piece of land in Hollywood that had been intended for a film museum.

The Los Angeles Times reported Sunday that the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences plans to open the 17,000-square-foot amphitheater next May as a venue to show classic films.

The academy bought the land in 2005 with plans to build a world-class film museum there. Planners abandoned that idea after the economy went sour, making it impossible to raise the funds needed to build a whole new facility.

In October, the academy announced plans to lease a former May Co. department store now owned by the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and put the movie museum there.

Source: http://www.federalnewsradio.com/?nid=314&sid=2675488

One Comment

  1. Gary Parks

    Well and good. But why not grab one of the many historic theatres in the area which need TLC and put the Museum there? The May Company building is a beautiful piece of late Moderne/early International Style, to be sure, and its location next to the LA County Art Museum (and La Brea Tar Pits, for you attendees of Conclave 1998) is a fine choice, but it’s unfortunate that a historic theatre…like the Warner/Pacific, wasn’t selected. But, we don’t know the whole story. Maybe they DID look at historic theatre options, but the owners of said properties weren’t willing to deal.

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