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TTHE ACADEMY OPENS THE POD BAY DOORShe Academy of Motion Picture Arts  and Sciences presents the 1968 science fiction epic “2001: A Space Odyssey” as the fifth film in its series  “The Last 70mm Film Festival” on Monday, August 6, at 7 p.m. at the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills.

The film was  nominated for four Academy Awards®, including Art Direction (Tony Masters, Harry Lange, Ernie Archer), Directing  (Stanley Kubrick), and Writing – Story and screenplay written directly for the screen (Kubrick, Arthur C. Clarke), and won an Oscar® for Special Visual Effects (Kubrick).

The 70mm short “To Be Alive!”, which won the Academy Award® for Documentary Short Subject in 1965, will be screened prior to the film. Shot over an 18-month period in Italy, Nigeria and the United States, the film traces the journey from childhood to adulthood in different cultures.

“The Last 70mm Film Festival,” showcasing 70mm classics from different genres as well as rarely screened 70mm short subjects, concludes on Monday,  August 13, with a screening of a new 70mm print of another film directed by Stanley Kubrick, “Spartacus” (1960).   All remaining tickets for “The Last 70mm Film Festival” are now sold out. A standby line will form on the day of the event, and standby numbers will be assigned starting at approximately 5:30 p.m. Any available tickets will be distributed shortly before the program begins. Ticket holders should plan to arrive at least 15 minutes before the start of the event to ensure a seat in the theater. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. The Samuel Goldwyn Theater is located at 8949 Wilshire Boulevard in Beverly Hills. For the latest pre-show details, call (310) 247-3600 or visit