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Oscar Museum Movement in Hollywood?, Downtown's 'Last Remaining Seats' Turns 25

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HOLLYWOOD: A reader sends an unconfirmed report that the closed KFC on Vine has been torn down. This, along with the defunct Big Lots, is the site of the long-delayed movie museum that the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences is supposed to build. AMPAS told us in October that they hadn't been able to come up with the $300 million for the project but that hope springs eternal. The Academy, which had French architect Christian de Portzamparc confirmed for the design, didn't return messages from us today. No news on the website. Curious. [Curbed Inbox]

DOWNTOWN: The LA Conservancy's "Last Remaining Seats" celebrates a quarter-century this year; the event reopens many of Broadway's shuttered movie palaces for showings of classic movies. The 85-year-old Orpheum--which is actually still in operation--plays host to the kick-off event on Wednesday, when Leonard Maltin will host a screening of Rear Window complete with a pre-show performance by the Orpheum's old-timey organ. [Curbed Inbox]