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by Anissa Di Vincente

Our enthusiastic volunteers have rescued 7 hand-painted movie backdrops from being discarded; preserved them and made them available for exhibition to the public at special events.

We have funded and supervised a conservation company’s restoration of a large stained-glass window set piece from the iconic Orson Welles film, “The Magnificent Ambersons,” now on display in our museum.

Our efforts helped the Culver Studios locate and salvage possibly the last remaining set piece in existence From “Gone With The Wind” — the stained glass window that appears over the staircase in Scarlett’s mansion at the end of the film.

Our dedicated volunteers restored two theatre seats from the original MGM theater on the MGM lot.  They are now available for guests to view our films in the museum.

We preserve and display archaeological artifacts uncovered during the foundation excavations for the construction of the Robertson Blvd Metro Station.

An ongoing preservation project is the digitizing of 8mm, 16mm, microfilm, VHS, DVD, 35mm slides, negatives and prints from our archives into today’s digital file formats for viewing access today.   Our archive collection contains more than 70 hours of recordings and thousands of historic photographs.

Volunteers working on preservation projects
Volunteers working on preservation projects