Samuel Goldwyn Theater

8949 Wilshire Boulevard,
Beverly Hills, CA 90211

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Samuel Goldwyn Theater - AMPAS Building

Named after filmmaker and studio head Samuel Goldwyn. Opened in December 1975, and located within the office building headquarters of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, this is their main state-of-the-art screening room.

As well as events for members of AMPAS, occasional public screenings are also held. It is here that Oscar nominations are announced every January.

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CSWalczak on November 21, 2010 at 11:18 am

This page, from the Academy’s website, has pictures of the Samuel Goldwyn Theater:

Edward Havens
Edward Havens on November 21, 2010 at 1:50 pm

Not surprisingly, it’s the best damn movie theatre in Los Angeles, bar none.

RobertAlex on June 1, 2015 at 12:30 pm

I had the pleasure of spending Friday night here with some of my family. What a terrific experience. Here was the program. “This is Widescreen” series. 1) 35mm short film called “Time Stood Still.” 2) 70mm 30fps short “The Miracle of Todd-AO” 3) Oklahoma! – 4K DCP at 30 fps with the original 6 track mix (5 behind the screen and 1 mono surround track).

Seeing 35 mm, 70mm and 4K DCP in one night was something special and unique and one of the reasons this is just, as Edward says above, “The Best Damn Movie Theater in Los Angeles”. The presentation was stellar. The TODD AO short was fantastic and reminded me of “This is Cinerama”. There was the Pacific Ocean Park rollercoaster, the scene on the airplane going over the Tetons. Then there was the part filmed on skies at Idaho’s Sun Valley.

The theater was just over half full, and after intermission they even played some of director Fred Zimmerman’s home movies made on the set.

The restoration of Oklahoma! caught my eye last year when it opened for the TCM Fest at the Chinese. I was not able to go so I have been waiting to see it on the Big Screen before I got the Blu Ray and the wait was worth it. Even my guests mentioned how bright and clear the image was. The restoration was incredible. This has to be one of the best looking images i have ever seen. The color was just terrific. The sound was amazing too. We were told that they had to play it in a Dolby Atmos container to get the original 5 behind the screen audio. However they did it, they did it beautifully.

Looking forward to seeing something here again soon!

moviebuff82 on April 3, 2017 at 12:18 pm

Does this theater have reserved seating?

JonFB on June 18, 2018 at 3:54 pm

In response to moviebuff82’s question, this theater does not have “reserved seating”. For special events, they’ll often rope off the center section for special guests, so in one sense there is “reserved seating”, only that it’s reserved for someone else. But if you get there early, it’s not too hard to get a good seat.

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