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 and has a large 50 foot amphitheatre screen. The screening room now seats 71.

Contributed by Ken Roe

Recent comments (view all 11 comments)

William on January 19, 2011 at 11:04 am

Looks like they had issues with the screening of “2001” last Saturday in 70MM. They had a focus issue and had to stop the show 3 times. The print is a new print with just afew runs from a Toronto engagement.

PeterApruzzese on January 19, 2011 at 12:03 pm

A friend who was there for both 70mm shows (Playtime and 2001) said the focus problem was also present during the Playtime screening. Between shows, they apologized and said that they were trying to work out the problem. One of the two projectors was having the focus problem, so his description of the day’s screening boiled down to “every other reel looked great”.

TLSLOEWS on March 31, 2011 at 6:59 am

Sounds like a lens problem on one projector.

Ed Solero
Ed Solero on March 31, 2011 at 7:12 am

So they only run reel to reel there? Or do they have a platter that is used for 35mm? I’m glad to hear they run 70MM and have a full sized screen. I’ve been hesitant to catch any screenings here because I’ve suspected the room and screen would be undersized. How is the sound system? Has anyone here attended a screening since the renovations?

jmiller on January 14, 2013 at 11:20 pm

In my opinion, the main auditorium is the best current screen in the United States! I saw “The Tree of Life” here in digital with legendary Visual Effects Supervisor Douglas Trumbull in attendance for intro and Q&A. I got there late and had my photography equipment in tow. So, I watched the film from the front row of the upper section, seated in one of the far-left seats. So, quite an angle! But, the picture was blow-you-away incredible! Mr. Trumbull was kind-of cranky, but this made for one of my all-time greatest film experiences!

The400Blows on October 19, 2015 at 4:15 am

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 18, 2016 at 4:23 pm

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 4:54 am

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

HowardBHaas on July 24, 2016 at 10:13 am

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?

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