Wilder Theater to bow

Venue home at Hammer

The Billy Wilder Theater will be unveiled at a Dec. 3 invitation-only event held by the Hammer Museum and the UCLA Film & Television Archive. Cameron Crowe and Curtis Hanson chair the event.

Opening will coincide with the 100th anniversary of Wilder’s birth.

Made possible by a $5 million gift from Audrey L. Wilder, the Michael Maltzan-designed, 295-seat theater will be the new home of the Hammer’s public programs as well as the Archive’s cinematheque programming, which will debut in February.

Located on the courtyard level of the Hammer Museum in Westwood, the Billy Wilder Theater will be one of the few theaters in the country able to screen the entire spectrum of moving pictures in their original formats, from the earliest silent films, which require variable speed projection, to current digital cinema and video. Theater also will be made available for artist lectures, literary readings and music concerts.

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