After two years of preparation, the Hollywood Studio Museum will open to the public Friday with a 10 a.m. dedication ceremony at Highland Avenue across from the Hollywood Bowl.
The museum, which features artifacts from the film industry's infancy, is housed in a 100-year-old barn used as a studio for the first feature-length Hollywood motion picture--Cecil B. DeMille's "The Squaw Man."
The barn was designated a state monument in 1956 but was moved in 1979 from Paramount Pictures' Hollywood location to a temporary site. It was moved to its present site across from the Hollywood Bowl in 1983. Paramount, Hollywood Heritage (a preservationist group), the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce and Supervisor Edmund D. Edelman joined in funding and aiding restoration efforts.
The new museum will be open Saturdays and Sundays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday's ceremony will feature a 40-piece band, a release of balloons and speeches by dignitaries.