ASC to expand 70-year-old clubhouse, offices

Renovatiion adds 1,500 square feet

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 Council president Eric Garcetti, Councilman Tom LaBonge, Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences president Sid Ganis, and Hollywood Chamber president/CEO Leron Gubler joined ASC members and industry associates at the groundbreaking.

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

Over the years, the organization has collected cameras, lenses, and other relics of early motion picture history that have been donated by members and friends of the ASC, some of which will be on display on a rotating basis. A unique library of books, photos and other historical documentation and memorabilia are also housed at the site.

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

The renovation is expected to take about one year.

ASC was founded during a meeting by 15 cinematographers at William C. Foster's home in Hollywood in December 1918, and was officially chartered by California in January 1919. Today, the organization has some 290 members with roots in some 20 different countries, and 150 associate members.