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LACMA Film Program Saved, Housing Unit for Aged to Close

LACMA Film Program Saved, Housing Unit for Aged to Close

Thompson on Hollywood

There’s good news and bad news.

The threatened LACMA film program has been saved through the fiscal year 2010 by $150,000 in pledges from the Hollywood Foreign press Association (they put on the Golden Globes) and Time Warner Cable (in association with Ovation TV). The museum has often mounted screenings of restored prints that are headed for DVD release or showings on cable.

LACMA Director Michael Govan stated that the museum:

“is grateful to the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, Time Warner Cable, and Ovation TV, for expressing their tangible support for the art of film at LACMA, and we’re very pleased that we can keep film rolling while we build for the future.”

The bad news is that the Motion Picture and Television Fund is set to close its long-beleaguered housing unit an affliliated care center for the aged, as planned, by year’s end, reports the NYT.

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J. Sperling Reich

It’s amazing how all of a sudden it only takes $150,000 to keep the LACMA film program up and running for another 8 months, but somehow it managed to lose boatloads of money (according to LACMA officials) over the last several years.

Quite honestly, the whole thing is beginning to smell like a publicity stunt aimed at raising money. If indeed that’s what it is, then it worked. Not only did they get two donations, but I’m now looking forward to attending a screening at LACMA even though I live quite far away. I haven’t been there in years.

– J. Sperling Reich

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