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Academy's Hollywood Costume Exhibit: Dark Space Takes Toll on Elderly Visitors

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After several patrons take spills, staffers use flashlights to highlight sharp black edges of daises

This story first appeared in the Dec. 19 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine.

Visitors at the Academy's Hollywood Costume exhibit know it's dark — to evoke the feeling of a cinema, protect fragile finery and set off dozens of small screens projecting actors' faces atop mannequins.

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But sources say the somber galleries have prompted several seniors to fall. The Academy, which initially placed a caution sign in front, has had staffers redouble efforts to direct visitors away from the sharp black edges of daises with flashlights.

Says an AMPAS spokesperson, "We've made minor adjustments based on visitor feedback to ensure that all of our guests have a safe and enjoyable experience."

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