The Academy Museum of Motion Pictures, set to open in 2018, will contain over 290,000 square feet of state-of-the-art galleries, exhibition spaces, movie theaters, educational areas, and special event spaces. The Academy Museum will be the world’s premier museum devoted to exploring and curating the history and future of the moving image. Designed by Pritzker Prize-winning architect Renzo Piano, the Academy Museum will be located next to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) campus in the landmarked Wilshire May Company building. The Museum will curate and present the work of Oscar winners and nominees, as well as the legions of global artists who make movies. The Museum will provide interactive, immersive, and engaging exhibitions that will pull back the curtain on moviemaking and highlight the history and future of the arts and sciences of film.
The Simms/Mann Family Foundation endowed a 275-seat theater in honor of Ted Mann. The Ted Mann Theater will be located in the Museum’s Basement Level. The Ted Mann Theater will be a home for retrospectives, screening series, and special programming. In addition, there will be a permanent interactive exhibition regarding the life and legacy of Ted Mann. The exhibit will include his pivotal role as an entrepreneur and philanthropist in the motion picture industry and within the community.