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The ultimate film lovers’ guide to the new Academy Museum

The glass dome of the new Academy Museum terrace appears in silhouette against the setting sun.
(Myung J. Chun / Los Angeles Times)
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The Academy Museum of Motion Pictures opens Sept. 30 with Dorothy’s ruby slippers, Bruce the shark from “Jaws,” R2-D2, a deep dive into Spike Lee’s inspirations and so much more celebrating the art and craft of moviemaking. Join us for a sneak peek: Dozens of articles will preview L.A.'s newest landmark, which is shaping up to be a Hollywood hit. Check back daily to see our latest interviews, features and news. And if you’d like to order our 24-page special section, printed with a choice of three commemorative covers, go to The Times’ online shop.

Jennifer Hudson, Benedict Cumberbatch, Eva Longoria, Cher, Chloé Zhao, Sophia Loren, Olivia Rodrigo and other A-list celebs open L.A.'s new Academy Museum.

The Academy Museum of Motion Pictures held a press conference on Tuesday and media toured the finished galleries.

As a shrine to the Oscars and, more importantly, a tribute to the movies, the long-awaited new museum is at its best when it sidesteps the obvious.

Renzo Piano never implemented his full LACMA plan. His Academy Museum gave him another shot at remaking a corner of L.A. Our review.

The rutted road to the Academy Museum’s long-awaited premiere was marked by behind-the-scenes infighting, financial woes, ousted leaders and a racial reckoning.

How does Renzo Piano’s new Academy Museum rank against other L.A. landmarks like the Hollywood sign, Griffith Observatory or even Randy’s Donuts?

Spencer the hawk’s job: Discourage other birds that might dirty the gleaming, glass building. Why hawks like him command top dollar.

The director couldn’t land work despite the 2002 success of “Real Women.” Now Patricia Cardoso gets long-overdue recognition at the Academy Museum.

How the Academy Museum scoured film history to bring fans face to face with iconic items from “Black Panther,” “Alien,” “Batman Returns,” “T2,” “Dark Crystal” and more movie faves.

The Dude’s bathrobe from “The Big Lebowski.” The space shuttle from “2001.” The infamous Best Picture Oscars card for “Moonlight.” Insiders reveal their faves.

A curatorial team of mostly women has surfaced the intriguing back stories and undertold contributions of women in filmmaking.

Yes, the Grove and the Original Farmers Market are not far away. But there are other places to see, to walk, to eat.

The special opening exhibition on beloved animator Hayao Miyazaki comes with a pure Instagram moment: a magnificent, ethereal, Totoro-inspired tree.

For starters, there’s a killer glass bridge at the new Academy Museum. What to look out for when you’re there.

Base isolators, which steady a building in earthquakes, typically are hidden from view. But Academy Museum architect Renzo Piano left them for all to see.

If the Academy Museum had miraculously hit its original 2017 opening date, it would have been a far less interesting or important place.

Bad timing, LACMA’s need for quick cash and a disinterest in art’s history worked to the Academy Museum’s benefit.

Can a new restaurant revive the old Hollywood glory of the Brown Derby and Chasen’s? Fanny’s at the Academy Museum will try.

At the soon-to-open Academy Museum of Motion Pictures, specialized crews make like Spider-Man to clean 1,500 glass panels high in the sky.

The Academy Museum is opening with an Oscars experience more akin to a theme park attraction. Expect more like it in future museums.

Film composers deserve a better museum showcase for their art than this: a black box room that’s not even playing real movie music.

As the Academy Museum’s chief artistic officer, Jacqueline Stewart will be in charge of screenings and events, giving the past relevance in the present.

The Culver City brain behind the interiors of the new Academy Museum has built a national reputation for clean and cool gallery design.

Legend has it that troubled souls once haunted the May Co. department store that has since been reborn as the Academy Museum of Motion Picture’s Saban Building.

The art and science behind the design of the Academy Museum’s new theater seats — and tips for the best seat in the house.

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