“Forgotten Hollywood”- Outdoor Film Amphitheater to be Built

Posted on December 18, 2011 by raideoman1 | No Comments

Manny P. here…

   The Los Angeles Times is reporting that construction is set for an outdoor amphitheater and events center in the heart of Hollywood. The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences owns a parcel of land around the corner of Vine and Fountain, and they plan on building a 17,000 square foot facility for folks to enjoy free screenings and A-List activities.

   The prestigious group behind the Oscars bought the 3.5-acre parcel of land in 2005 for $50 million with the actual intent of designing a motion picture museum on the lot. In October, the Academy announced plans to lease the art deco May Company in the Wilshire District, now owned by theLos Angeles County Museum of Art, and instead put the museum there. They then decided to open the family-friendly outdoor theater, which sits across from their Pickford Center for Motion Picture Study.

   A renewed interest in Hollywood’s Golden Age led to this fortuitous decision, and the locale  will have a comfortable grassy area, seating approximately 300 patrons. Adjacent to the area will be a 10,000-square-foot patio, designed for special parties and events. The screening of classic cinema will be the primary focus of the location, obtained from the Academy archives, or its members.

   It’s unclear how the facility will impact the Egyptian Theatre and Hollywood Forever Cemetery, which has established a loyal audience over the past decade during the summer months, and showing studio era-related movies on their grounds.

   Demolition of the area begins this week. The target opening is set for May, 2012.

(Portions of this story were reported in a December 17th story from the L.A. Times)

Until next time>                               “never forget”

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