The Los Angeles Times is reporting that construction is set for an outdoor amphitheater and events center in the heart of Hollywood. The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences owns a parcel of land at the corner of Vine and Fountain, and plans on building a 17,000 square foot facility for folks to enjoy free screenings and planned activities. (AMPAS offers a proposed design below)
The prestigious organization behind the Oscars bought the 3.5-acre parcel in 2005 for $50 million with the original intention of designing a motion picture museum on the lot. A new site has been chosen, however, and the Academy decided to open the family-friendly outdoor theater, which sits next to their Pickford Center for Motion Picture Study.
A renewed interest in Hollywood’s Golden Age led to this fortuitous decision, and it will have a comfortable grassy area that will seat approximately 300 patrons. Adjacent to the area will be a 10,000-square-foot patio designed for special events. The screening of classic cinema should be the primary focus of the location, obtained from their archives or members.
It’s unclear how the facility will impact the Egyptian Theatre and the Hollywood Forever Cemetery, which has established a loyal audience over the past decade during the summer months showing similar movies on their grounds.
Demolition of the area begins this week. The target opening is set for May, 2012.
(Portions of this story were reported in a December 17th story from the L.A. Times)
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