Movie museum set to open in Los Angeles

Reporters and guests on Tuesday got a sneak preview of displays at the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures, a new museum in Los Angeles dedicated to the movies.

The cavernous museum, located near Hollywood, opens its doors to the public on September 30.

The facility is operated by the U.S. Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, which presents the Oscars.

Movie sets, costumes and other memorabilia from historic cinema masterpieces are on display in the nearly 4,600 square-meter exhibition area.

Among the exhibits are C-3PO from "Star Wars" and the pair of red slippers that Judy Garland wore in the 1939 film "The Wizard of Oz."

One room features an immense painting of Mount Rushmore, which was used as a backdrop in director Alfred Hitchcock's classic "North by Northwest."

The museum's inaugural temporary exhibition is dedicated to Japanese animated film director Miyazaki Hayao. The items on display include original image boards, character designs and storyboards.

Academy Award-winning actor Tom Hanks said it's important that Los Angeles have a showcase for the movie business. He said that movies continue to be the magical art that speaks to everybody everywhere.