Museum of the Moving Image

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

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Museum of the Moving Image

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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 movie theatre now seats 264. The screening room now seats 71.

Contributed by Ken Roe

Recent comments (view all 16 comments)

The400Blows on October 19, 2015 at 12:15 pm

This place is awesome. The photo used as the main photo here is old and out of date, taken before the renovation/remodeling and new construction completed in 2011. The Redstone auditorium is the best place in the city to view film, and the sound is fantastic. Five years on and the theatre is still in basically pristine condition. No food or drinks allowed – indeed none are sold ouside of the museum cafe. Water seems to be okay. This place sells no popcorn, no soda and no candy, thankfully. A lovely little museum store always has something interesting for me to browse, and of course, the museum galleries themselves are great. Highly recommended.

HowardBHaas on July 19, 2016 at 12:23 am

There is another 70mm film festival this summer. I’ve not been here. Does the Redstone theater use a curtain before & after films or at least for classic 70mm screenings?

Bill Huelbig
Bill Huelbig on July 24, 2016 at 12:54 pm

This theater has used the curtains every time I’ve seen a show here (at least 5 times).

HowardBHaas on July 24, 2016 at 6:13 pm

Thanks, Bill. Khartoum is being shown in 70mm. I saw it at the AFI Silver in correct 2.76 aspect ratio & wouldn’t mind seeing it again but would think theater show it in 2.76 aspect ratio?

HowardBHaas on July 28, 2016 at 6:07 pm

At the museum’s Facebook page, the reply was that Khartoum will be shown in the right aspect ratio, which is rare & super wide!

Bill Huelbig
Bill Huelbig on August 9, 2016 at 7:00 am

Khartoum was shown in the correct Ultra Panavision ratio on 8/6. It was really something to see.

HowardBHaas on August 9, 2016 at 12:41 pm

Bill, did you attend Saturday or Sunday? I was there Saturday. Correct super wide aspect ratio. Used curtain to open movie, for intermission & to close. Great print. Really enjoyed being there for the excellent presentation! And, visited the museum for the 1st time. Do you expect to attend 70mm screening of The Wild Bunch on Saturday or Sunday?

HowardBHaas on September 3, 2016 at 3:36 pm

my article on the 70mm film festival here

Coate on September 3, 2016 at 9:16 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.”

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