LOS ANGELES, Sept 21 (Reuters) – Actors Tom Hanks and Anna Kendrick on Tuesday hailed a brand new museum in Los Angeles devoted to filmmaking, calling it a celebration of an artwork type that has made a worldwide impression.
The museum was spearheaded by the Academy of Movement Image Arts & Sciences, the group that palms out the Oscars, and opens to the general public on Sept. 30.
Hanks, a member of the board of trustees for the Academy Museum of Movement Photos, stated it was essential that Los Angeles have a showcase for the film enterprise, as the house of Hollywood.
“We have to rejoice all the things that this city has delivered to the world, and all the things the artwork type has delivered to the world, with a view to carry individuals collectively,” Hanks stated at a preview for the media.
“Motion pictures proceed to be the magical artwork that speaks to all people in all places,” Hanks added.
The museum sits on a 300,000-square-foot (28,000 sq. meters) campus and consists of two buildings linked by glass bridges. Two film theaters are housed inside.
On show are film memorabilia together with a pair of crimson slippers from “The Wizard of Oz,” the Rosebud sled from “Citizen Kane” and a R2-D2 mannequin from “Star Wars,” together with costumes and video shows operating movie clips.
The museum addresses controversies as effectively, together with a historic lack of on-screen variety and the #MeToo motion that uncovered sexual harassment.
Plans for the museum had been first introduced in 2012 with a projected 2016 opening, however constructing was repeatedly delayed.
Designed by Italian architect Renzo Piano, the museum is positioned in mid-town Los Angeles, providing sweeping views of the Hollywood Hills.
“It’s shiny and new and large, and it is filled with about 125 years’ value of concepts and goals and life-changing cinematic experiences,” stated Kendrick. “Everyone who works within the motion pictures desires to see this place.” (Reporting by Lisa Richwine; Enhancing by Karishma Singh)