Paley Center for Media in Los Angeles, which is actually in Beverly Hills, around the corner from Rodeo Drive, is an archive of video and audio content from the history of radio and television. It was founded in 1975 by William Paley, founder of CBS as the Museum of Television and Radio, to examine and interpret the cultural, social and creative significance of these media. It was renamed in 2007 to reflect the inclusion of new media. The Paley Center is one of the fun Things to Do in LA for TV and Movie Fans. There is also a branch of the Paley Center in New York.
Paley Center For Media LA
465 North Beverly Drive
Beverly Hills, CA 90210
(310) 786-1091 (for information on scheduled activities Wednesdays to Sundays,
noon to 5:00 pm
(310) 786-1000 for all other information.
Hours: Wed- Sun 12:00 to 5:00 pm, Admission is free, suggested donation: $10 Adults, $8 Seniors/Students, $5 Children under 14
The Paley Center Collection
The Paley Collection includes nearly 100 years of radio and television history represented by nearly 150,000 different programs. The digitized portion of the archive is accessible to the public on computers in the Media Center. The Screening Room also shows different programs every day on a big screen. Check the schedule when you arrive.
Much of the archive is not digitized, but can be viewed or listened to in the Scholars Room by appointment with the assistance of research staff for a fee.
Programs at the Paley Center
Part of the Paley Center's mission is to put television and other media into a cultural context and to this end they offer a number of public programs bringing media creators in front of a live audience to talk about their shows.
Their most prominent event is PaleyFest LA, an annual event that hosts panels of actors, writers and directors of popular TV shows live at the Paley Center. These panel discussions are a great way for fans to see their favorite actors, writers and directors from the hottest current dramas and comedies live on stage in a relatively intimate theater setting. PaleyFest tickets go on sale in January for the March event. You can sometimes also find discounted tickets for PaleyFest on Goldstar.com. Paley members enjoy early access and discounts on PaleyFest tickets. Some events sell out to members before any tickets are released to the public.
Paley Live is a series of live events scheduled throughout the year outside the formal PaleyFest that usually include some kind of screening followed by a Q & A with creators.
Most Paley Center events are also livestreamed and the replays can be viewed on their website. You can watch replays of both Paley LA and Paley NY events.
Exhibits at the Paley Center
The Paley center hosts periodic exhibits related to television, radio and movies including costumes, props, set pieces and more. Recent exhibits have included The Artistry of Outlander multimedia exhibit and Warner Bros: Television Out of the Box, a showcase of the history of Warner Bros television production from early black and white cartoons to popular current-day TV shows. Check the website for current exhibits. Sometimes there are none.