Offbeat New York

Museum of the Moving Image Reopens January 15th, 2011

Visitors will enjoy a new 267-seat theater, a 68-seat screening room, new galleries, and multiple screening spaces for video art.
The celebration will last 6 weeks with highlights including
• Jacques Tati’s Playtime and Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey presented in restored 70mm prints on the opening weekend, to show off the extraordinary experience of the new main theater

• Marcel L’Herbier’s silent epic L’Argent in a restored print, presented with live music by the Mont Alto Orchestra in a reprise of their triumph at the Telluride Film Festival

• the New York premiere of the restored print of John Ford’s Upstream, the long-lost 1927 feature recently rediscovered in New Zealand, with music by four musicians led by acclaimed accompanist Donald Sosin

• the world premiere of a lustrous restored print of Robert Rossen’s The Hustler

• a rare screening of Manoel de Oliveira’s five-hour masterpiece Doomed Love in a restored print

• a virtually once-in-a-lifetime screening of avant-garde master Gregory Markopoulos’s Eniaios: Cycle Five, a section of the 80-hour-long epic film he made for projection at his open-air theater in Greece

• the New York premieres of Kiran Rao’s Mumbai Diaries (Dhobi Ghat) and Hong Sang-soo’s HaHaHa in the new series Indian Cinema Showcase and Korean Cinema Now

• a special screening on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of an archival print of King: A Film Record…Montgomery to Memphis, the major documentary made for a one-night-only showing at 600 theaters nationwide in 1970

• the introduction of weekend family matinees, including Henry Selick’s Coraline presented in digital 3-D on January 17 and the Marx Brothers’ Duck Soup on January 15

• and special programs about television, exploring The Art of Televised Baseball, a Panorama of New York Public Access TV, and events with Diahann Carroll and Jerry Stiller and Anne Meara.

Many of these programs will be presented in the new main theater—a cinema space unlike any other. Designed as a capsule for the imaginary voyage of movie-going, the ceiling and walls of the theater are a woven felt surface of vibrant Yves Klein blue, which slips under the stadium rake seating to give the audience a sensation of floating. Outfitted with an ample screen of classic proportions and projection equipment for formats from 16mm to 70mm and high-definition digital 3-D, the Museum’s new theater will provide an unsurpassed filmgoing experience. The screening room will also feature state-of-the-art equipment, and will serve as an intimate space for viewing films and digital media. About the Museum Museum of the Moving Image is the only institution in the U.S. that explores the art, industry and innovation of screen culture in all its forms. Embracing topics that range from 19th century optical toys to the latest Internet developments, the Museum provides insight into every phase of the production, promotion and exhibition of moving images. Engaging an international audience of all ages, Museum of the Moving Image offers a distinctive, highly interactive core exhibition; contemporary and retrospective programs of films from around the world; public discussions with leading figures in film and television; a unique collection; inspiring education programs; stimulating changing exhibitions; and groundbreaking online projects. The Museum is housed in a building owned by the City of New York. For more information, please visit
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