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Some feel cheated by change in film academy's Hollywood museum plans

Some feel cheated by change in film academy's Hollywood museum plans

The visitors came with a box of doughnuts and an offer to buy the Hollywood property that Funk Bros. Automotive had called home for more than a decade.

In its place, they said, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences wanted to build a movie museum.

Hovig Manouchekian, manager of his family's car repair shop, remembers the 2006 meeting with the academy's real estate agent and a representative of the Community Redevelopment Agency of Los Angeles as tense — with the two men pressuring him to make a deal, or force the CRA to seize the land with its powers of eminent domain.

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