Museum of the Moving Image

35th Avenue and 37th Street,
Astoria, NY 11106

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Museum of the Moving Image

Located in Queens, in part of the former Astoria Studios, which were founded in 1920 by Jesse Lasky and Adolf Zukor for their Famous Players-Lasky Corporation (known as Paramount from 1927). Films made at the Astoria Studios include: D.W. Griffith’s “Sally of the Sawdust” starring W.C. Fields, Rudolph Vanentino in "Monsieur Beaucaire" and "The Sainted Devil", "Glorifying the American Girl", the 4 Marx Brothers in "Cocoanuts" and "Animal Crackers", Paul Robson in "The Emperor Jones".

The studio’s were little used after World War II, and in 1976, were declared a National Historic Monument. In 1983, it was taken over and expanded by real estate developer George S. Kaufman. Known as the Kaufman-Astoria Studios, films such as "The Wiz", "All That Jazz", "Fort Apache, The Bronx", "Arthur", "Ishtar, "Radio Days", "The Money Pit", “The Secret of My Success" and "Radio Days” were all filmed here. The Kaufman-Astoria Studios has also hosted recordings of "The Cosby Show", "Sesame Street" & "Whoopie".

The American Museum of the Moving Image was opened in one of the studio buildings on the Astoria lot in 1988. The museum exhibits many artifats from the Astoria Studio, and had a 200-seat movie theatre and a 60-seat screening room.

In 2008, it was closed for a refurbishment, and re-opened January 5, 2011. The Summer M. Redstone auditorium has 267 seats, a 33.5 x 18 feet screen and a movie curtain. The Celeste and Armand Bartos Screening Room has 68 seats and a 16 feet 6 inch x 9 foot x 4 inch curtain.

Contributed by Ken Roe

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Coate on September 3, 2016 at 1:16 pm

Howard (et al.)… A clickable link would be appreciated when posting referrals to web articles. To do so, simply paste within parentheses the URL of the article and precede the parentheses with brackets containing the phrasing of your choice for the link so that it will be presented something like: “My article on the 70mm film festival.”

HowardBHaas on August 13, 2017 at 4:39 am

This summer’s 70mm classic film festival is ongoing with another screening today of beautiful new print of “Lawrence of Arabia” I attended yesterday afternoon’s sold out show! The film schedule is on the museum’s website.

HowardBHaas on September 5, 2017 at 5:20 am

My article on this year’s 70mm series.

HowardBHaas on May 9, 2018 at 10:51 am

The new 70mm print of 2001: A Space Odyssey will be shown here July 26 to Aug 5.

vindanpar on May 9, 2018 at 2:20 pm

How large is the screen here? I went once many years ago to see Silk Stockings in Cinemascope because at that point only pan and scan versions were available. I remember the size of the screen being unimpressive. Even a 50ft screen for 2001 is pretty dinky.

HowardBHaas on May 9, 2018 at 2:42 pm

I had screen size figures placed in the Intro above some time ago. I’ve enjoyed the 70mm epics that I’ve seen here. Having been in the City Cinemas Village East (which is also getting 2001: A Space Odyssey in 70mm), I’d say the main aud there has a similar sized screen. Projection & surround sound are top notch in both MOVI and the Village East.

HowardBHaas on July 11, 2018 at 4:44 am

This summer’s 70mm festival here also includes (in addition to 2001) Continuing through September 9, the series also features three classic Hollywood musicals—The Sound of Music (1965), West Side Story (1961), and Hello, Dolly! (1969)—Cleopatra (1963), starring Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton, directed by Joseph Mankiewicz; Tobe Hooper’s sci-fi cult favorite Lifeforce (1985); and Paul Thomas Anderson’s The Master (2012) and Phantom Thread (2017). I’ve posted the press release here- I am not familiar with Lifeforce, but all the others would be restored prints.

HowardBHaas on August 13, 2018 at 4:28 am

I enjoyed yesterday the restored “Hello, Dolly!” in what looked to me like a perfect, new 70mm print! 2.2 aspect ratio. Surround sound. Proper use of the curtain before movie & at intermission & after movie. Others who attended were in awe of how great the new “2001” print looked. I’m looking forward to the rare screening of the epic 4 hour+ “Cleopatra” next weekend!

HowardBHaas on August 18, 2018 at 7:06 pm

Enjoyed today the restored 4 hour 10 minute “Cleopatra” (1963) in what looked like like a perfect, new 70mm print! 2.2 aspect ratio. Surround sound. Proper use of the curtain before movie, at intermission & after movie. Surround sound.

Comfortably Cool
Comfortably Cool on November 26, 2018 at 1:39 pm

Chief curator David Schwartz reported to be leaving on November 30th. Article here

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