10 Cool Things You’ll See at the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures When It (Finally) Opens

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10 Cool Things You’ll See at the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures When It (Finally) Opens


Ratzlaff, Angela, Daily News (Los Angeles, CA)


The Academy Museum of Motion Pictures has been talked about since the formation of The Academy in 1927.

And after 90 years, it’s finally becoming a reality. An opening date has yet to be set, but 2019 is the goal for now. (Emphasis on the “for now.”)

So with that said, it’s time to get excited about what will actually be on display. The museum will take up part of the old May Co. Building, now called the Saban Building, which once was a department store built in 1939.

Here’s 10 of the coolest things you’ll want to check out when the museum eventually opens.

1 Ruby red slippers

Yep, that’s right. A screen-used pair from the 1939 film “The Wizard of Oz.” Since the pair wasn’t used for closeups, it’s probably the best surviving pair of ruby red slippers. And there are only a few known pairs in existence.

2 Shirley Temple tap shoes

The shoes are from the famous stair-steps routine in “The Little Colonel.” They were a gift from Bill “Bojangles” Robinson, who danced alongside her on the staircase, and are inscribed “To Shirley from Uncle Bill.”

3 Collotype Plate 626, by Eadweard Muybridge, 1887

This is from the series “Animal Locomotion: an electro-photographic investigation of consecutive phases of animal movements.” Not an exciting name, sure, but this could be one of the most important items in the museum, as it was one of the first motion studies done by a photographer. Those early motion studies transformed into what we know as motion pictures, i.e. movies.

4 Typewriter used by Joseph Stefano

This typewriter was used to write the screenplay for Alfred Hitchcock’s “Psycho.” Stefano is probably best known for adapting Robert Bloch’s novel for an on-screen format. And if that doesn’t get you stoked, there will also be set decorations that were used on “Psycho. …

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