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New York, October 30, 2008—Rochelle Slovin, Director of Museum of the Moving Image, announced today that, beginning November 1, 2008 and continuing through the holiday season, the Museum will offer free admission and will expand its public gallery hours. The Museum will now be open every Saturday and Sunday from 12 noon to 6:00 p.m. and Tuesdays through Fridays from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. To support the Museum’s programs, an optional contribution of $5 per person will be suggested.

“In spite of the current economic downturn, we want to do more for our audience, not less,” said Ms. Slovin. “It is vitally important that we continue to fulfill our mission of service to the public. We want our doors to be open and our resources as the nation’s only moving-image museum accessible to all. Admission fees, particularly at this time, should not be an obstacle to visiting the Museum.”

Gallery hours had been interrupted occasionally during the past several months because of work on the Museum’s major expansion. Although the demands of construction still require its screening programs to be conducted off-site, the Museum has kept open its core exhibition, Behind the Screen, and is now pleased to open to the public on weekends as well. The Museum will, as in previous years, offer holiday family programs. School groups, by appointment, will continue to be accommodated as they have been throughout the construction period.

Behind the Screen has been praised by The New York Times as “a show for the mind as much as the eye and ear” and by New York magazine as “staggeringly comprehensive.” Spanning two floors and 14,000 square feet, this innovative blend of more than 1,200 historical artifacts, commissioned art works, video clips, and interactive exhibits shows how moving images are made, marketed, and exhibited. Visitors are able to make animations, experiment with sound effects, and create flipbooks of themselves, among other activities. Selected from the Museum’s 130,000 object collection, artifacts include cameras, projectors, and television sets; photographs; costumes; fan magazines; production design materials; and video and computer games. Tut’s Fever Movie Palace, an art installation and theater created by Red Grooms and Lysiane Luong, will feature screenings of short films.

Beginning November 1, gallery hours for Museum of the Moving Image are: Tuesdays through Fridays, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Saturdays and Sundays, 12:00 noon to 6:00 p.m. The Museum will remain open to the public at the free admission rate at least through the holiday season and into 2009, when construction may require a brief hiatus. School and group visits are by reservation only and are facilitated by a Museum educator; call 718.777.6820. For a full schedule of holiday hours and family programs, please visit or call 718.784.0077. The Museum is located on 35 Avenue between 36 and 37 Streets in Astoria. During construction, visitors enter on 37 Street.

For information regarding the Museum’s offsite programs, which include high-profile conversations with innovative creative figures working in film, television, and digital media at The Times Center in Manhattan and international film screenings at LaGuardia Performing Arts Center in Queens, please visit or call 718.784.0077.

About Museum of the Moving Image
Museum of the Moving Image advances the public understanding and appreciation of the art, history, technique, and technology of film, television, and digital media. It does so by collecting, preserving, and providing access to moving-image related artifacts; screening significant films and other moving-image works; presenting exhibitions of artifacts, artworks, and interactive experiences; and offering educational and interpretive programs to students, teachers, and the general public. Construction is currently underway on a major expansion of the Museum, designed by architect Thomas Leeser. The project includes a complete renovation of the existing first floor and construction of a three-story addition housing a new theater, screening room, galleries, and a multi-classroom education center. The Grand Opening of the expanded Museum is scheduled for 2010. For more information, visit


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