The iconic Griffith Observatory, closed for nearly five years for a $93 million expansion renovation, will reopen on Nov. 3, L.A. city officials announced Tuesday.
The renovated observatory includes an upgraded planetarium, a new theater-in-the-round and an entirely new underground floor devoted to astronomical exhibits. Funding for about two-thirds of the renovation the largest in the city-owned observatory's 70-year history came from the public sector, with corporations, individuals and foundations kicking in the remaining $25 million.
In anticipation of high volumes of visitors during the first several months, city officials have set up a timed-reservation shuttle system for entry into the observatory, with no on-site parking. To recover the cost of running the reservation system, city officials announced the reservations will cost $8 per person.
However, L.A. City Attorney Rocky Delgadillo has voiced concerns that this fee may violate the deed from Colonel Griffith J. Griffith which said access to the park that he deeded to the city and which contains the observatory must be free.
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