Astoria’s Museum of the Moving Image celebrates a milestone today

The Museum of the Moving Image turns 25 on  Sept. 10. Photo courtesy Museum of the Moving Image

The Museum of the Moving Image turns 25 on Sept. 10. Photo courtesy Museum of the Moving Image

Twenty-five years ago today, the Museum of the Moving Image flung open its doors for the first time with an exhibit about media and the Vietnam War plus a screening of a classic movie musical.

When it opened on Sept. 10, 1988 there was no other museum like it with its blend of science, art, technology and history.

“From its earliest days, the museum has been committed to being at once forward-looking, reflecting a subject matter that is defined by innovation, and to being rooted in history, always remembering that the latest advances are part of a continuum,” Executive Director Carl Goodman posted on the museum’s website Tuesday.

The first movie shown that Saturday afternoon was “Singin’ in the Rain,” in the museum’s former Riklis Theater.

Other highlights from the fall of 1988 include a screening of Todd Haynes’ 1987 cult classic “Superstar,” which reimagined the story of Karen Carpenter using dolls; a retrospective of Jerry Lewis films and an exhibit on movie posters from 1910 to the 1950s.

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