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Checking In: Academy of Motion Pictures Museum

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Things have been quiet lately on the AMPAS/Hollywood history museum front, so we decided to check in and find out the latest. What's newish: the Academy is now in full control of its museum's future home, including that contentious yoga place. What's more new: architectural concepts by Christian de Portzamparc will be presented to the Board this summer, and if approved, will be shown publicly. Construction is tentatively scheduled to begin in late 2009. The project, which will rise on two square blocks bounded by Cahuenga Boulevard and Vine St., and have an eight-acre campus, "has been described as the most ambitious monument to the worldwide influence of film," according the New York Times. As far as the LA Magazine report that the structure will feature "one element so soaring and distinctive that it can be seen all over Los Angeles," an Academy spokeswoman downplayed soaring and stressed distinctive. Time will tell, but whatever rises at that space will be an improvement for Hollywood (currently occupying the Academy museum land: a KFC and a Big Lots.)
· Academy Museum's Mystery Feature [Curbed LA]