ASC digs in for expansion of 70-year-old clubhouse, offices


The American Society of Cinematographers hosted a groundbreaking ceremony Wednesday, launching the renovation of the organization's historic clubhouse in Hollywood.

Guests including Los Angeles City Council president Eric Garcetti, Councilman Tom LaBonge, Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences president Sid Ganis and Hollywood Chamber president and CEO Leron Gubler joined ASC members and industry associates.

The project will add 1,500 square feet to the clubhouse, which has served as ASC's headquarters for 70 years. A three-story structure will be constructed to replace the current one-story building.

Over the years, the organization has collected cameras, lenses and other relics of early motion picture history that have been donated, some of which will be on display.

"This renovation project is a continuation of our historic commitment to fellowship and progress in the art of filmmaking," ASC president Daryn Okada said. "It will enable us to accommodate larger meetings and seminars for our members, collaborators and students … while preserving the legacy of the original building, which is a treasure trove of early film history."

The renovation is expected to take about a year. (partialdiff)