The planned $300 million Academy Museum of Motion Pictures got a green light today from the Los Angeles City Council, which voted 13-0 to approve the project. Groundbreaking will occur this fall. The vote was expected despite some rumblings from neighborhood groups who were concerned about increased traffic and architect Renzo Piano’s mildly controversial sphere (see photos) at the back of the museum on Wilshire Boulevard and Fairfax Avenue.
The museum will feature six floors of exhibition spaces, a movie theater, education studios, special event spaces, conservation areas, and a café and store. The sphere will connect via glass bridges and feature a 1,000-seat theater and rooftop terrace.
“We are grateful to our incredible community of supporters who have helped make this museum a reality,” said Dawn Hudson, CEO of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences, in a release after the vote went down. “Building this museum has been an Academy goal for many years and we wouldn’t be here today without our neighbors on Museum Row, our board of governors, our current and past Academy presidents, members, and of course, our generous donors.”
The Academy said it has secured more than $250 million in pledges from more than 1,300 individual donors to its $300M capital campaign launched in 2012.