INTRODUCING THE AMERICANA COLLECTION OF HOLLYWOOD MEMORABILIA
The Silver Screen and the Motion Picture Dynasty
An overview of some of the major costume displays Americana has exhibited
throughout the world.
These highly successful award-winning exhibitions have taken place in
malls, shopping centers, department stores, theatres, museums, and other
unique venues attracting millions of visitors while bringing a great
deal of image and revenue to each site.
Our sponsors have been: Princess Alexandra Borghese of Rome, the late
Emperor of Japan, the US Information Agency which conceived a 7 year
tour throughout Russia, Bloomingdales 50th Anniversary, the Motion
Picture Academy as well as many Foundation fundraising events including
Elton John’s AIDS Foundation, annual Oscar party, Planet Hollywood
(furnished costumes and memorabilia for most of their restaurants), the
Museum of Science and Industry – Los Angeles, The Century City Shopping
Center, the shops at Riverside, New Jersey, etc. to mention a few of the
production highlights of this extraordinary collection.
The costumes, small props and rare memorabilia have been collected over a
period of 50 years and include designs by world-famous Oscar winning
coutouriers – i.e.: Edith Head, Adrian, Helen Rose, Travilla, Oleg
Cassini – as well as extraordinary production designs, by Dan Sayre
Groesbeck, Arnold Friberg and more.
The costumes include such icons as Judy Garland’s pinafore from the Wizard
of Oz, Vivien Leigh’s drapery dress from Gone With the Wind, Marilyn
Monroe’s gown in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes – Arnold Schwarzenegger’s
Terminator 2 outfit, and Elizabeth Taylor’s classic strapless gown from
A Place in the Sun, plus hundreds more.
Among the interesting props are the glamorous jewelry worn by Elizabeth
Taylor in Cleopatra, the Golden Idol from Raiders of the Lost Ark, the
tablets from the Ten Commandments carried by Charlton Heston as Moses.
In addition there are literally thousands of posters, lobby cards and
rare still photos.
And the legendary collection goes on and on. We would enjoy discussing
further possibilities of displaying this superb, audience-friendly show
at your venue. It is the type of production that appeals to a very broad
demographic and will customize the Exhibit to your dimensions.
Email Us for further info.
What people/press is saying
about The Motion Picture Dynasty Collection:
“Seeing this historic exhibition of movie nostalgia makes one wish we
had a permanent home for this marvelous collection.”
- Tokyo Press
“I am still amazed and stunned at your absolutely fabulous collection.”
- Diana Vreeland, Metropolitan Museum of Art
“Has everything necessary to transport the visitor down the memory lane
of Hollywood’s dream factory.”
- LA Times
“What a sumptuous treat! What a glorious collection! I had no idea that
your collection was so vast and so very complete. It was an emotional
- Bette Davis
“The overall effect is dazzling, both educational and entertaining.”
- Edith Head
“A movie buff’s dream!”
- Vouge Magazine
“No matter whether you’re a sci-fi fan or a freak for big budget
musicals, there’s bound to be something for you here.”
- Michael Medved, The 330 Show, KABC TV
“The first Hollywood memorabilia museum that has succeeded in a high
quality presentation of a large collection.”
- Daily Breeze/News Pilot
“It’s about time, isn’t it? Isn’t it wonderful?”
- Janet Leigh on Entertainment Tonight
“Where Hollywood is put on display.”
- Dick Kleiner, Newspaper Enterprises Association
“A backlot bonanza of original costumes, props, stills and posters.”
- Daily News
“Best film nostalgia museum.”
- L.A. Weekly
“It’s as close as you can get to what was really happening.”
- Trish Van Devere on Entertainment Tonight
“Spotlights glamour and history.”
- Western’s World
“Contains the finest assemblage of memorabilia available to the
- Long Beach Press Telegram
- Hollywood Progress
“if you want to visit a place that is the Hollywood of your
imagination, to step into the world of the movies, then the Hollywood
Museum is for you.”
- The USC Spectator
MOTION PICTURE DYNASTY COLLECTION
John LeBold is the owner and manager of one of the world’s largest private
collections of elite Hollywood memorabilia. Forty-five years in the
making, John LeBold’s collection features more than 1,500 articles of
costumes, film props and accessories, as well as 3.5 million
photographic stills and 50,000 posters and lobby cards from Hollywood’s
LeBold leased part of his famous collection to Planet Hollywood for four
years and serves as artistic advisor and researcher for the company.
Additionally, items from his collection have been viewed by millions of
film enthusiasts and officials on several prominent worldwide tours and
exhibits, such as at the Princess Borghese Museum of Film exhibit in
Rome, Italy. LeBold toured through Japan with his collection upon
request of the Emperor, and the collection also toured Russia for seven
years at the United States Information Agency’s request. This project
received wide acclaim and resulted in the exchange of treasured Faberge`
eggs. For Bloomingdale’s 50th Anniversary Celebration, LeBold showcased
more than 200 costumes in 11 stores, with more than 11 million people
visiting the costumes nationwide.
Previously, LeBold worked as an advisor and consultant to eight-time
Academy Award-winning costume designer Edith Head. LeBold also worked
with actress Debbie Reynolds as an organizer and costume purchaser for
her upcoming Hollywood Museum.
In addition to managing his collection, LeBold regularly designs shows for
organizations including the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
The Heart Fund, The Cancer Foundation and The Elton John AIDS