Taking in Los Angeles from the glass-domed terrace of the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures feels like devouring it with one, heaping spoonful.
Here, it all comes together — a folding together of coarsely minced greenery, laced mountains, a trickling of cars down streets, roofs peppered throughout. It’s a delicious bite. And that alone is worth the $25 admission ticket, which has to be secured a good three weeks ahead of time.
Watching the Academy Awards is a family tradition for me, so the opening of a museum dedicated to this almost 100-year-old ceremony was an exciting event. Our tour starts from the top down, but of course, you can explore however you like. We walk the glass bridge that connects the rooftop terrace to the seven-story Saban Building, which houses several exhibits, a restaurant, a store and a below-ground theater. Here, there’s an entire floor dedicated to the evolution of film — a clever (and interactive) display of optical toys and devices. Think: magic lanterns, phenakistoscope discs and peep show viewers, pulled from the collections of Richard Balzer, who amassed these amusements for his cabinet of curiosities.