Hollywood legends Louis B. Mayer and Douglas Fairbanks helped found the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in 1927. The organization was created for the purpose of appreciating, developing, and preserving the American film institution, a mission that it continues to fulfill to this day by maintaining an enormous film library and by offering its members screenings in its state-of-the-art theaters.
AMPAS is best known to the general public for its creation and annual presentation of the Academy Awards (the Oscars), which honor the achievements of great films and the people who make them.
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Information
- Venues: The Academy Foundation and the Samuel Goldwyn Theater, 8949 Wilshire Boulevard, Beverly Hills; the Linwood Dunn Theater, 1313 Vine Street, Hollywood
- Public Transportation: Good for all venues. The Academy Foundation and the Samuel Goldwyn Theater (a 4-minute walk from buses 20, 220, 720, and AV786 at Robertson Blvd./Wilshire Blvd.). Linwood Dunn Theater (steps from buses 210 and LDHW at Vine Street/Fountain Avenue; and within a 5-minute walk from buses 2 and 302 at Vine Street/Sunset Blvd. and buses 4 and 704 at Vine Street/Santa Monica Blvd.)
- Handicapped Accessibility: Good (all venues)
- Performances/Programs: The Academy screens a variety of fare, including Oscar award-winning films, acclaimed documentaries, Hollywood blockbusters, foreign classics, and more
- Ticket Prices: Ticket prices vary, but can be purchased by mail, online, or in person at the box office.