The Santa Monica Civic Auditorium opened in
1958. A 27,000 square foot facility Located at
1855 Main St. Santa Monica, CA. This venue
hosted the 33rd April 17, 1961 through the 40th
April 10, 1968 Academy Awards Ceremonies.
The Dorothy Chandler Pavilion opended December 6,
1964. Located at 135 North Grand Ave. L.A.  This
3,197 seat facility hosted the 41st through 59th,
62nd, 64th,, 65th, 66th, 68th, 71st Annual Awards
Ceremonies. To date this venue has hosted more
Academy Awards Ceremonies than any other.
The Academy Awards Theater shown
here in 1951 was only used to host the
21st Annual Awards March 14, 1949.
This was the former site of the
Academy Headquarters located on
Melrose Avenue.
Academy Headquarters today
located at 8949 Wilshire Blvd.
Beverly Hills, CA.
Photo by Pete Bacevice
Great Moments at Dorothy Chandler

Considered one of the Greatest Moments
in Oscar History.

Chaplin's second honorary award came
forty-four years later in 1972, and was
for "the incalculable effect he has had in
making motion pictures the art form of
this century". He came out of his exile to
accept his award, and received the
longest standing ovation in Academy
Award history, lasting a full five minutes.

"Words seem so futile, so feeble. You are
all such lovely, beautiful people... thank
you."

Charles Chaplin Acceptance - 1972
Margaret Herrick Library
located at
333 S. La Cienega Boulevard, Beverly Hills, CA
Fairbanks Center for Motion Picture Study
The  Library was founded in 1928 and later named
the Margaret Herrick Library after a former
Academy librarian and  executive director. The
facility is  devoted to the history and development
of the motion pictures.. It is regarded as one of
the most complete collections of film-related
materials ever assembled
Great Moments at Dorothy Chandler

March 25, 1996: Christopher Reeve made an emotional return to
Hollywood introducing on stage a film segment "Hollywood tackles the
issues" promoting films like Platoon, at the 68th Oscar ceremony. He
received a standing ovation from the audience. "When I was a kid, my
friends and I went to the movies just for fun," Reeve said. "But then we
saw Kubrick's Dr. Strangelove -- started us thinking about the madness
of nuclear destruction. Stanley Kramer's The Defiant Ones taught us
about race relations. And we began to realize that films could deal with
social issues."
Great Moments at Dorothy Chandler

1978 -- A frail and ill John Wayne returns to Oscar stage to present Best
Picture. The year before host, Bob Hope had issued get well wishes to
the Duke, saying he hoped that Wayne would make it back next year to
amble down here in person. Well, the next year, at the 1978 Oscars,
Johnny Carson introduced the legend, John Wayne. John Wayne told the
audience "Believe me when I tell you I'm mighty pleased that I can amble
down here tonight. Oscar and I have something in common. Oscar first
came to the Hollywood scene in 1928. So did I. We're both a little
weather beaten, but we're still here and plan to be around a whole lot
longer. The ovation was one of the longer ones in Oscar history. Wayne
said after the applause "That's just about the only medicine a fella'd ever
really need, it was a bittersweet sight to see a obvious frail John Wayne  
ravaged by cancer.

At the end of the telecast, a group of actors joined the Duke on stage in a
final tribute. And just a short two months later, the world would lose
John Wayne. That moment on the Oscars ended up being his last public
appearance, and with his death two months later, the world lost one of
the true giants and heroes of the silver screen
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