The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) of the United States, which year after year extols Hollywood movies with its Oscar awards, intends – the pandemic permitting – to inaugurate its much awaited Academy Museum of Motion Pictures on 30 September. The institution will in this manner inject new life into the historic May Company department store on Miracle Mile. One of the most refined specimens of Art Déco in Los Angeles and now renamed the Saban Building, it has been carefully revamped by the office of the Italian architect Renzo Piano to provide 4,600 square meters of space for exhibitions and events related to the film industry.
Additions carried out over the decades on the original streamlined construction of 1939 have been replaced by an altogether new bubble-like spherical annex, executed in concrete and glass and connected to the preexisting volume by a series of footbridges. It will house the 1,000-seat theater crowned by a viewing terrace. Visitors to this premier movie museum will in this way be able to walk through the interactive spaces of the iconic old edifice in an ascending route culminating underneath the transparent dome, and there get treated to spectacular vistas of the mecca of cinema.