Movie Museum Gets $50M, "Psycho" Typewriter & Screen Queen Kisses
concerns about stalled money raising. The museum says it's now raised $288 million of its $388 million goal, or 74 percent. There's still a long way to go, especially if "internal projections" of an over-$400 million total cost are accurate. The May Company building is to be rechristened the Saban Building.
Theater, exhibition space. A below-ground, 288-seat theater will operate as a cinematheque. Depending on how it's programmed, it could be a vital contribution to the city's culture. The permanent collection will be shown on the second and third floors. This consists of a chronological survey of motion pictures. Part of the third floor houses the "Oscars Experience," selfie-bait in which visitors can snap pictures holding an Oscar. Director Kerry Braugher promises an active program of temporary exhibitions on the fourth floor. There is also a Spielberg Family Gallery on the the first floor, along with the lobby, restaurant, and gift shop.
The collection. This is a movie museum, so the most important thing is the movies that will be shown in its theaters and (as clips) throughout the galleries. As to objects, AMMP basically has two collections. There the Academy's "library" collection, an immense trove of documents that have been assembled almost since the Academy's 1927 founding. These are mostly two-dimensional: over 12 million production stills and other photographs; 80,000 screenplays, many annotated by directors and actors; 61,000 posters; 20,000 film and costume-related drawings—"narrative art," as they say.
Here is the typewriter Joseph Stephano used to write the screenplay for Psycho (1960).