Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Beverly Hills: Paley Center For Media – Watch, Listen, Learn

Photos: Gidget, The Shadow, Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet

Do you remember TV shows like Gidget, My Little Margie and The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet? How about Route 66? If these titles sound familiar but your memory needs a nudge, I have the perfect place for you to explore. The Paley Center for Media in Beverly Hills is a wonderful radio and television museum housing a collection of nearly 150,000 television programs, radio broadcasts and commercials dating back to 1918. You’ll find drama, comedy, game shows, newscasts, sporting events, political debates, concerts and more. Visitors make their choice from extensive computer catalogs and sit at private consoles to relive such moments as the moon landing or listen to an episode of the mysterious “Shadow” radio broadcast.

Photo: Paley Center viewing consoles and theater

Throughout the year, the Paley Center has numerous exhibitions, seminars, screenings and educational programs. Fans of pop culture won’t want to miss The Paley Fest Rewind June 15 to 21. It’s a trip down TV memory lane when cast members of Room 222, My Three Sons, and Leave It To Beaver lead panel discussions and present rare archive screenings of their television series you won’t find on YouTube or elsewhere. Additional events are planned for the fun-filled week. Check their website for more information.

Admission to the Paley Center is free, although contributions are suggested. Fees are imposed for some special events and panel discussions.

More information: The Paley Center for Media 
465 North Beverly Drive, Beverly Hills, CA 90210
Phone: 310-786-1091
Hours: Wed. – Sun. 12:00pm – 5:00pm. Closed Mon. and Tues.
Parking: Free in the Paley Center parking lot located off S. Santa Monica Blvd. http://www.paleycenter.org/


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