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Stanley Kubrick at LACMA was popular, but not like Tim Burton

July 10, 2013|By David Ng
  • R. Lee Ermey in a scene from Stanley Kubrick's 1987 movie "Full Metal Jacket."
R. Lee Ermey in a scene from Stanley Kubrick's 1987 movie "Full… (Warner Bros. )

"Stanley Kubrick," the gigantic exhibition devoted to the perfectionist filmmaker that ran at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, proved to be a popular draw with the public, attracting 243,792 visitors during its eight-month stay, according to the museum.

The exhibition, which opened in November and closed June 30, ran for 242 days and had a daily average of a little more than 1,000 visitors. LACMA estimates that about 28% of the attendees were first-time visitors to the museum, based on a survey it conducted.

The figures are healthy for an L.A. museum exhibition, but the show didn't surpass LACMA's 2011 "Tim Burton," which drew 363,271 visitors in a shorter time period.

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"Tim Burton" ran for nearly 135 days, with average daily attendance at around 2,700. The show was popular with families and children. The Kubrick exhibition, on the other hand, featured some graphic sexual and violent material that wasn't appropriate for younger visitors.

Both shows commanded a higher admission price above LACMA's general admission of $15. (The Kubrick show cost $20 per visitor.) They were LACMA's first attempts to add cinema to its broad curatorial mission.

A LACMA spokeswoman said that attendance for the Kubrick exhibition was "significantly higher in the first and last couple weeks of the show and of course on the weekends."

"Stanley Kubrick," which was cosponsored by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences," featured more than 1,000 objects relating to his movies and career as a photographer before his rise to prominence. The exhibition originated at the Deutsches Filmmuseum in 2004.

The most popular exhibition in LACMA history was the 1978 "Treasures of Tutankhamun," which saw 1.2 million in four months.  

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