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Inside the Vault

A 10th Anniversary Celebration of the Academy's Pickford Center for Motion Picture Study

This evening featured behind-the-scenes building tours of the Academy’s Pickford Center, and a film program featuring a rare Mary Pickford short and the Los Angeles premiere of the Academy Film Archive’s new print of “The Mark of Zorro” (1920), starring Douglas Fairbanks.

During the ten years since the Academy acquired the former Don Lee Mutual Television Studios (and Cadillac showroom) on the corner of Vine and Fountain, the building has been extensively renovated. The former TV soundstages have been converted into the popular Linwood Dunn Theater and numerous amazing spaces that the public has rarely been allowed to see – until now. 

The Academy’s world-renowned preservation, research and technical staff conducted tours that showcase the collections and preservation and research work of the Academy Film Archive, the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures, the Margaret Herrick Library and the Academy’s Science and Technology Council.

Included in these one-of-a-kind tours were the climate-controlled storage vaults for rare film materials, library holdings and motion picture artifacts; film preservation and restoration facilities; exhibition prep and object conservation areas; and studio and laboratory facilities for advancing state-of-the-art motion picture technology.

The audience was also treated to a program of Academy Film Archive restoration projects starring two of the Academy’s founders: the Center’s namesake, Mary Pickford, and Douglas Fairbanks, for whom the Academy’s library building in Beverly Hills was named.

Event Information

September 11, 2012
Linwood Dunn Theater
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