Armand Hammer Museum Billy Wilder Theater, Los Angeles, CA

Architect: Michael Maltzan Architecture, Los Angeles, CA

The Billy Wilder Theater is a 295-seat venue situated on the courtyard level of the Armand Hammer Museum in the heart of Westwood Village. The theater is built to the highest standards of film and video projection and accommodates technologies dating from the early 1900s to the present, including delicate nitrate film and the most recent digital formats. The versatile space is not only an ideal screening room but also a performance venue. Its stage and flexible systems for sound and lighting are designed to support lectures, readings, conversations, concerts, and other activities. Charles M. Salter Associates provided consultation on room acoustics. Sound isolation recommendations were provided to reduce noise transmission from the museum above, parking below, and adjacent streets. Additionally, we made recommendations for the quiet ventilation system.

AIA Design Citation Award, AIA Los Angeles Chapter, 2007