Renovated Museum of Moving Image Reopens

Astoria's Museum of the Moving Image (35 Avenue at 37 Street, Queens, 718-777-6888) reopened this past weekend, after a three-year, 67 million dollar renovation.

This extensive face-lift expands the museum's size to almost 100,000 square feet. Additions include a new 68-seat screening room, a new 267-seat theater, and a doubling of classroom facilities to benefit approximately 60,000 students per year, according to the New York Times.

Each year, the museum aims to screen more than 400 films -- a mix of both classic and contemporary. Showings often feature live music alongside classic silent films, restored prints from leading archives worldwide, and groundbreaking new films fresh off the international festival circuit. Theater-goers may view the full upcoming screening schedule at the museum's web site.

Three temporary exhibits are currently on view in the newly renovated space, as well. Catch: Dolls vs. Dictators (a commissioned stop-motion collage of historic dolls, toys, and other licensed merchandise by Dutch multimedia artist Martha Colburn) through April 10; Real Virtuality (a six-installation exhibit of simulated worlds created with video game engines, 3-D digital video, and sophisticated image software) through June 12; and the New York premiere of City Glow (a Japanese pop culture-inspired animation collaboration between Japanese artist Chiho Aoshima and New Zealand-based animator Bruce Ferguson) through July 17. Behind the Screen, the museum's permanent collection, benefited from renovations with some modernized revamping as well.

Because the Museum of the Moving Image is housed in a city-owned building, New York City supplied approximately $55 million of its renovation and expansion costs. For more information about the institution's new and improved offerings, visit it online at movingimage.us.

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