Academy Brings Architect Renzo Piano to N.Y. to Tout Movie Museum Plans

Ninety years after Douglas Fairbanks and Mary Pickford first floated the idea of creating a museum for the movie business, the completion of Hollywood’s first major movie museum is finally nearing.

Architect Renzo Piano and officials from the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences traveled to Manhattan Monday to preview the project for East Coast press.After fits and starts, funding headaches and clashing visions, the 300,000-square-foot Academy Museum will open in mid-2019.

Its backers, AMPAS, better known as the group that hands the Oscars, promise that the museum will be an immersive experience that will feature everything from screenings to talks to props and items from iconic movies.“It’s much more than a museum,” said Academy Museum director Kerry Brougher at the Plaza Hotel.

“It’s a hub for film lovers…to come and experience film in different ways.”The museum will cost in excess of

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