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Academy to Name Theater in Upcoming Museum of Motion Pictures After Hollywood Billionaire David Geffen

Photo of Beth Hanna By Beth Hanna | Thompson on Hollywood April 8, 2013 at 2:15PM

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced today that it has received a $25 million commitment from the David Geffen Foundation. In recognition of the gift, the Academy will name its upcoming Museum of Motion Pictures' premiere-sized theater in honor of Geffen.
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David Geffen
David Geffen

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced today that it has received a $25 million commitment from the David Geffen Foundation. In recognition of the gift, the Academy will name its upcoming Museum of Motion Pictures' premiere-sized theater in honor of Geffen.

The Academy Museum is designed by uber-architects Renzo Piano and Zoltan Pali, and will be located next to LACMA at the iconic Deco May Company building on the corner of Wilshire and La Brea. It has an estimated 2017 opening date. (More info on the museum, including design concept sketches, is here.)

The David Geffen Theater, once open, will be in operation throughout the year. Programming will include international premieres, major retrospectives and in-depth symposia.

Our TOH! coverage of the PBS documentary "Inventing David Geffen," a revealing portrait of Hollywood's most powerful billionaire, is here.


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.