renzo piano's academy museum of motion pictures opens to the public in los angeles

Sep 29, 2021

the academy museum of motion pictures (see our previous coverage here) will open its doors to the public on thursday, september 30, 2021. located in los angeles and designed by renzo piano, the new museum is the largest in north america dedicated to exploring films and film culture.

‘we are living in changing and ever-evolving times, and now more than ever we need to come together to share our stories, learn from one another, and bond over being entertained and delighted. this is what movies do, and we are thrilled to be opening such a dynamic, diverse and welcoming institution devoted to this beloved artform,’ said bill kramer, director and president of the academy museum. ‘I am so deeply grateful to the entire academy museum team and all of our partners who have worked with such dedication and integrity in building this new institution — for los angeles and for the world.’

designed by pritzker prize-winnin architect renzo piano and renzo piano building workshop in collaboration with gensler as executive architect, the 300,000-square-foot academy museum at wilshire boulevard and fairfax avenue combines two contrasting structures: the renovated and expanded may company building, a 1939 streamline moderne landmark now renamed the saban building in honor of benefactors cheryl and haim saban, and a soaring new glass – and – concrete spherical building.

the seven-story, 300,000-square-foot academy museum draws from the unique resources of the academy of motion picture arts and sciences. it will open with the 30,000-square-foot core exhibition stories of cinema, offering celebratory, critical, and personal perspectives on the disciplines and impact of moviemaking, past and present. the temporary exhibition hayao miyazaki will also be on show, being the first museum retrospective in north america of the work of the acclaimed filmmaker and studio ghibli. three other exhibitions: the path to cinema: highlights from richard balzer collection; backdrop: an invisible art; and the oscars® experiences will also be part of the opening.

the museum’s roster of screenings — including oscar® sundays and family matinees — will be presented in its new 1,000-seat david geffen theater and the 288-seat ted mann theater beginning on september 30 with a special presentation of the wizard of oz.

ongoing education and family programs will take place throughout the museum in exhibition galleries, theaters, and the shirley temple education studio. these will include teen programs, family studio activities, and school tours.

fanny’s, the restaurant and café developed by restaurateurs bill chait and carl schuster and designed by la-based commune design, will open to visitors with breakfast and lunch service with dinner service added later in the fall. named after fanny brice — the legendary movie, vaudeville, theater, and radio star portrayed by barbra streisand in her oscar – winning role as funny girl (1968) — the striking two-story, 10,000 square foot space, conceptualized by the late architect osvaldo maiozzi, features a chef-designed open kitchen, elegant bar, and captain-based service style that nods to a bygone era. raphael francois serves as executive chef and julian cox as the bar’s mixologist. wolfgang puck catering will oversee catering services at the museum.

project info:

name: academy museum of motion pictures location: 6067 wilshire boulevard, los angeles, CA 90036 public opening: september 30, 2021

design architect: renzo piano building workshop with contribution to concept design by studio pali fekete architects executive architect: gensler, los angeles, CA exhibition designer: wHY architecture / kulapat yantrasast, brian butterfield and jarrod beck general contractor: MATT construction project manager: paratus group, new york, NY LEED consultant team: atelier ten building conservation experts: john fidler preservation technology inc. acoustician, audio video and projection: jaffe holden acoustics civil engineer: KPFF consulting engineers exhibition audio visual: electrosonic, inc. exhibition and wayfinding graphic design: IN-FO.CO exhibition construction: alain hirsch construction corp. exhibition fabrication: cinnabar california, inc. exhibition lighting: available light façade consultant: knippers helbig geotechnical engineer: shannon & wilson, inc. glass fabricator: saint-gobain, steyr, austria historic preservation: historic preservation resources group landscape architect: LRM landscape architects lighting design: buro happold mechanical, electrical, plumbing: buro happold paleontological: la brea tar pits and museum security: layne consultants international structural engineer: buro happold theater design: arup vertical transportation: HKA elevator consulting waterproofing: simpson gumpertz & heger