The Academy Takes "A Trip to the Moon"

Beverly Hills, CA (August 10, 2011) – The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will present "A Trip to the Moon" (1902) on Tuesday, September 6, at 7:30 p.m. at the Academy's Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills.  This historic touchstone film by Georges Méliès will be screened in its original hand-colored version direct from its re-premiere at the Cannes Film Festival this May.

An original color print of "A Trip to the Moon" was recently discovered in poor condition and underwent delicate work to rescue and digitize the elements.  The restoration was carried out by Lobster Films, the Groupama Gan Foundation for Cinema and the Technicolor Foundation for Cinema Heritage, and took place at Technicolor Los Angeles.  The French band Air composed an original soundtrack to accompany the film.

The program will be introduced by film historian and archivist Serge Bromberg of Lobster Films and Tom Burton, head of the preservation department at Technicolor Los Angeles.  A newly restored print of "A Trip down Market Street" (1906), recorded by the Miles Bros. of San Francisco days before the famed earthquake leveled the city, along with rare primitive films such as 3D versions of early Méliès films and turn-of-the century attempts at sound films, will round out the evening's screenings.

"A Trip down Market Street" source elements are courtesy of Rick Prelinger and the Library of Congress.

Tickets to "A Trip to the Moon" are $5 for the general public and $3 for Academy members and students with a valid ID.  Tickets may be purchased online at, at the Academy box office (8949 Wilshire Boulevard, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.), or by mail.

The Samuel Goldwyn Theater is located at the 8949 Wilshire Boulevard in Beverly Hills.  Doors will open at 6:30 p.m.  For more information call (310) 247-3600 or visit

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