Exhibition | LIGHTS, CAMERA, ACTION!

Hollywood Magic in Pasadena

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June 8, 2024 – February 9, 2025

 LIGHTS, CAMERA, ACTION! Hollywood Magic in Pasadena will highlight Pasadena’s intrinsic role in the multidimensional world of filmmaking. Focusing on the people who helped shape the industry – both on screen and behind the scenes – and locations that provide settings for their artistic pursuits. The galleries will feature a wide range of objects relating to movies, television, music videos, and more, celebrating the creative process from initial concept to finished productions. 

 

The exhibition also explores the history of filming on the Fényes Estate. Given their wide-ranging artistic vision, it is hardly surprising that Eva and Adalbert Fényes would embrace the fledgling motion picture industry. In 1912, legendary director D. W. Griffith featured their beautiful estate in the silent film, The Queen’s Necklace. Star power seems to have impressed even a sophisticated society matron, as evidenced by a charming collection of Eva’s photographs and sketches from the various productions filmed on her property, including handwritten diary entries with captions such as, “Douglas Fairbanks on our lawn.”

Curated by Julia Long, PMH’s Curator of History and Exhibitions, LIGHTS, CAMERA, ACTION! is made possible, in part, by the Paloheimo Foundation.

Curator’s Tour: Lights, Camera, Action! Hollywood Magic in Pasadena

Friday, June 21, Saturday, July 27, & Friday, August 16 | 11:00 am

General Admission: $15 | PMH Members: $10

Explore Lights, Camera, Action! with curator Julia Long on these special one-hour tours. Learn more about the research that went into the remarkable exhibition and the wide range of objects on display. Hear more stories about Pasadena’s role both on screen and behind the scenes from the curator. Space is limited; advance reservations required.

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Marilyn Monroe in How to Marry a Millionaire Costume Design by Travilla Courtesy of Christian Esquevin
Marilyn Monroe in How to Marry a Millionaire
Costume Design by Travilla
WM_Lon Anthony for Knight in Robin Hood
Knight in Robin Hood
Costume Design by Lon Anthony
WM_Edith Head Robert Redford The Sting 2
Robert Redford in The Sting
Costume Design by Edith Head
WM_Edith Head Paul Newman The Sting 2
Paul Newman in The Sting
Costume Design by Edith Head
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Easter Parade
Costume Design by Irene

Courtesy of Christian Esquevin

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