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Tuesday, September 28, 2021

Academy Museum of Motion Pictures Preview: What's Inside Pt.2

 By Jonathan Bilski

We last left off, talking about the bun, now we get to the meat of the museum.
Check out the first part of the preview here

Open To The Public Sept 30th
6067 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036
Across from the Petersen Automotive Museum and adjacent to LACMA
Adults $25*
Seniors (age 62+) $19
College Students $15
Children (age 17-) FREE**
Members FREE
The OscarsⓇ Experience + $15 per person***
*CA EBT cardholders receive free general admission.
**Free general admission for visitors 17 years of age and younger provided by an endowment in honor of Sid Ganis.
As for parking, as of writing there doesn't seem to be a dedicated parking lot for the museum. The website says park over at LACMA or the Petersen, which seems a little crazy. There is a dedicated lane for valet and Uber/Lyft drop-off.

Opening up to the museum is hundreds of props, costumes and actual Oscars. This is a truly amazing collection for the Stories of Cinema exhibit.  Props from countless sci-fi and horror films are encased and to be looked at in awe.

The Bruce Lee exhibit gets a grade A. With a wonderful mirror tribute touch to remind us all of Enter The Dragon's final climatic battle.
And with a nice touch of last name, you can see Spike Lee's personal exhibit from Bruce Lee's.
These are Spike Lee's personal affects that he's loaning to the museum. Many posters from works that have inspired him and kind of show that he is a movie nerd.
Shift to almost the end of the exhibit is some eye-catching costumes including the Mayflower Queen from Midsommar. It's beautiful as it is scary, if you've seen the film.

Some life maks, to show how special effects make up works. Of course, Mel Brooks would make it in somehow.

 And The Wizard of Oz has it's own room, it's also the first film screening to the public at the Academy's Theater. These are just some pieces from the collection there.

With all the vast archives the Academy has open to it I find it so funny that they included a storyboard for Scary Movie 2, the scene where a pot plant smokes a person and sketch work from Shrek. Why?

More amazing pieces await you, I couldn't capture everything, you'll want to explore it all on your own. Except, those floors I talked about it Part 1.

A familiar background from North by Northwest.

If you want to take your time, please look at The Path to Cinema which shows off strange devices that showed off pictures before we really even had film. Many, just colorful lanterns. And, you can gander at some film footage from the late 1800's. Which is crazy to see in 2021.

You made it this far, so, I guess you've earned to see Rosebud. Watch more movies if you don't get the reference. And, I hope after going to the museum. you watch more of the films it shares with you and look into any of the aspects of film-making shown. The Academy Museum of Motion Pictures is open finally, starting this week.. Truly, a musuem LA needed and having a nice big theater attached doesn't hurt.