Academy Museum Revelations

Now moving at a rapid pace, thirty-five members of the Academy’s museum committee, headed by  Bob Rehme, met Thursday  with planners Patrick Gallagher & Associates.

It is only a month since the last conclave and  they now brought layouts of three main sections for the $200 million museum. (The fund-raising program will start soon. )

The Acad’s committee  members know what features are wanted in the museum and  architects will now be called to present their ideas for their realization.  Among those on hand with Rehme for this latest meeting: the Acad’s  Executive Director Bruce Davis and President Sid Ganis as well as past Presidents Gene Allen and  Walter Mirisch. Plus  Steven Spielberg,  Arthur Hamilton, Jeanine Oppewall,  Richard Edlund,  Albert Wolsky, Gary Ross. 

The following  is what I could glean from Thursday’s  presentation and meeting.  There will be at least three main sections of the museum  which connect from a main, great hall in which a 15 -minute film tells  what awaits you inside.  One of the main sections would illustrate how movies have impacted  our lives. It will be realized,  visually, via the most advanced  devices — even simply by pushing on walls. There will  be several small theaters as well as a main screen. A steady roll of silent movies would occupy one of the theaters. Another would be devoted to animated films and yet another to films which have affected our lives.

One section will be devoted entirely to the Academy Awards experience — yes, including the red carpet, “and you’ll be there,” Rehme generously told me. Among the several  sections will be one devoted to “How Hollywood Fought The War(s)”— scenes of which you can bring up by a touch to the wall. 

The  eight-and-a-half acre site will  boast  plazas, fountains, a retail store with DVD ’s, CD’s  fotos — and yes, t-shirts. And parking, so far, for 2,200 spaces. More will hopefully be obtained from the city.  The museum’s name  is still to be chosen. “The Movie Museum”?   

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