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Open Air Cinema Set for Vine


AMPAS photo illustration of planned outdoor cinema and events space

The Los Angeles Times published a photo illustration this morning showing the plein-air theater the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Science (AMPAS) now plans for the 3.5 acre lot on Vine at Fountain. The outdoor venue, which will begin construction this week and be completed by February, will be snuggled in between the dormant former Big Lots building (to be used for storage) and the Post Group buildings. It’s expected those structures will house the Academy’s artifacts prior to their move to the new Academy museum space, now slated for the corner of Fairfax and Wilshire on the LACMA campus.

The space will feature grassy expanses to lay out a blanket and picnic, a palm-lined walkway, and a 10,000 sq ft patio for hosting special events. The venue will do much for building the community feeling in Hollywood and could become a go-to place for the young and hip, as well as for families and film buffs. There certainly won’t be any shortage of film options to screen – the Academy, the organization behind the Oscar, can spool out many of the best reels in cinema that are part of its vast collection.

Read Curbed LA‘s take on the new venture.

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Julie Grist
Julie Grist
Julie co-founded the Larchmont Buzz with fellow buzzer Mary Hawley in 2011 and served as Editor, Publisher and writer for the hive for many years until the sale of the Buzz in August 2015. She is still circling the hive as an occasional writer.

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