A motion picture museum might be the next big attraction in Southern California. A deal was tentatively enacted between the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and the Los Angeles County Museum of Arts.
The Academy’s Board of Governors will begin developing plans for a design. They will also start creating permanent and seasonal exhibitions, and modern visitor interactive displays. Memorabilia in their extensive collection include rare movie prints, film posters, and original screenplay scripts. Top filmmakers and actors will be approached to help subsidize the project.
The site of this attraction will be at the old May Company art-deco building in the Wilshire District. Originally built in 1939, this iconic department store has strong ties to cinema of that particular year - Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, Wuthering Heights, Of Mice and Men, The Wizard of Oz, Stagecoach, Ninotchka, and Gone with the Wind (among others). The Oscar-organizers are planning to convert the current area into a Hollywood-related facility within three to five years. The joint venture hopes to create what might be considered the finest state-of-the-art museum in the world devoted to moviemaking.
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