Academy Museum wins final L.A. City Council approval
The Academy Museum will include a 1,000-seat theater to be added to the back of the old May Co. building at Wilshire Boulevard and Fairfax Avenue, adjacent to the campus of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (in the background, left).(Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences)
The former May Co. department store building at Wilshire Boulevard and Fairfax Avenue, where the Academy Museum will be.(Anne Cusack / Los Angeles Times)
The academy film museum will include a large event space, beneath a wide dome.(Renzo Piano Building Workshop / Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences)
A rendering of the theater housed in the large dome area in the Academy Museum.(AMPAS)
A rendering of the theater planned for inside of the Academy Museum.(AMPAS)
The Academy Museum won final approval Wednesday morning from the Los Angeles City Council, whose 13-0 vote cleared the way for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to start construction on its $300-million project as early as this summer.
The museum, which the academy aims to open by the end of 2017, will be in the former May Co. department store at Wilshire Boulevard and Fairfax Avenue, next to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.
Council approval came despite neighborhood opponents who worried about increased traffic, inadequate parking and late changes to the museum’s plans, including earlier film screenings and later operating hours for the museum cafe. Other critics have questioned the design of a domed cinema known as the Sphere, which will be built next to the existing building.
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