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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HowardBHaas
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.

HowardBHaas
HowardBHaas on June 30, 2019 at 11:54 am

on Thursday, this year’s 70mm film festival was announced. 2001: A Space Odyssey (2018 Nolan print), Roma, Dunkirk, Hamlet, Ready Player One (which is 35mm blow up to 70mm), It’s a Mad,Mad,Mad,Mad World (20 min intermission includes police-call radio. Mad World’s original aspect ratio was 2.76 wide, which I’ve seen this place show with Khartoum. http://www.movingimage.us/programs/2019/08/01/detail/see-it-big-70mm/

Comfortably Cool
Comfortably Cool on August 1, 2019 at 11:43 am

70mm screenings of “2001: A Space Odyssey” will be held starting tonight and through the weekend. And the Museum will stage a major exhibition on the Stanley Kubrick “classic” next January. Screening schedule displayed here

Bill Huelbig
Bill Huelbig on December 29, 2019 at 5:42 am

ā€œ2001ā€ is being shown here 27 times between January 17th and July 18th, 2020. This makes my path to 100 theatrical viewings very easy. Iā€™m currently at 91.

vindanpar
vindanpar on December 29, 2019 at 1:07 pm

70mm rarely shown: CCBB, Dr Dolittle, Barrabas, Magnificent Men, Cheyenne Autumn, The Hallelujah Trail, The Agony and the Ecstasy, Lord Jim.

Cleopatra most underrated epic ever. What a raw deal it got. Oh to have seen the original 6 hour cut. ‘I asked it of Caesar, I demand it of you!’

HowardBHaas
HowardBHaas on December 29, 2019 at 1:35 pm

I think the only 70mm print of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang is faded to pink. I saw the Swedish, nice 70mm print of Cheyenne Autumn at the AFI Silver. I missed & would like to see the nice 70mm prints of Those Magnificent Men in their Flying Machines, The Agony and the Ecstasy and Lord Jim.

Comfortably Cool
Comfortably Cool on March 11, 2020 at 9:09 am

Public Health Bulletin just issued by the Museum of the Moving Image can be viewed here

Comfortably Cool
Comfortably Cool on March 13, 2020 at 10:27 am

More drastic safety measures starting this weekend are reported here

Ed Solero
Ed Solero on March 13, 2020 at 12:02 pm

Hope we get through this situation before the 2001:A Space Odyssey exhibit moves on!

Comfortably Cool
Comfortably Cool on May 5, 2020 at 5:33 am

A special event to raise much-needed funding for MOMI will be held on the internet on Friday night, May 8th, at 9:00 PM (EDT). Full details can be viewed here

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