LACMA Announces Academy Cinema


Tuesday, the respective boards of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art officially agreed to embark on the construction of a long-awaited addition to this cinematic city: an Academy movie museum to occupy the LACMA West building. The two organizations have initiated a formal agreement to outline fundraising plans, the museum’s design and curatorial strategy, as well as the alterations to be made to the historic 72-year-old May Company department store building, which has housed LACMA West since 1994.

The 300,000-square-foot space will accommodate both permanent and rotating exhibitions that seek to illustrate film’s complex relationship to popular culture. “The Academy Museum of Motion Pictures will provide a new destination for cultural tourists and Los Angelenos to learn more about cinema,” said Terry Semel, co-chair of the LACMA Board of Trustees, in a press release, “… the setting could not be more ideal, nestled next to the largest encyclopedic art museum in the Western United States.”