Academy To Open Oscars Outdoors Screenings

Good news for LA film buffs, the Academy Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will open its new Oscars Outdoors screening space with ten weekends of film presentations beginning June 15.

An invitation-only screening of “Field of Dreams” will start it off May 19, with “Casablanca” and “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” kicking off the Friday-Saturday screening series in June. Saturday films, in particular, will be targeted for filmgoers of all ages, with admission free on either night for children age 10 and younger.

Oscars Outdoors is part of the Academy’s 7.5-acre campus along Vine St. in Hollywood. More than $2 million has spent on improvements to the screening area, including a 40-by-20-foot screen. The space is designed for attendees to bring picnic blankets and low-rise lawn chairs and has an intended capacity of approximately 500. Food trucks will also be directed to the area, which includes a 10,000-square-foot outdoor plaza that can also host other functions.

In addition to the Osacars Outdoor announcement, the Academy also formally unveiled its $2 million “Film-to-Film” preservation initiative and announced other events, including a 50th-anniversary celebration of the James Bond series and 100th-anniversary tribute to Universal.

Source: Variety

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