Museum of the Moving Image
35th Avenue and 37th Street,
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Museum of the Moving Image (Official)
Functions: Movies (Classic), Movies (Silent)
Previous Names: American Museum of the Moving Image
News About This Theater
- Jan 14, 2011 — Museum of the Moving Image reopens
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.
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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- http://in70mm.com/news/2018/momi/index.htm I am not familiar with Lifeforce, but all the others would be restored prints.
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!
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.
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/
“2001” is being shown here 27 times between January 17th and July 18th, 2020. This makes my path to 100 theatrical viewings very easy. I’m currently at 91.
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!’
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.
Hope we get through this situation before the 2001:A Space Odyssey exhibit moves on!
Scheduled to re-open to the public on May 1st. News report can be viewed here
Participating in the Queens World Film Festival, which runs from June 23 to July 3rd, 2021. News article and auditorium photo can be viewed here