By Juliet Payabyab
Astoria – Who would have thought that we will have one place where we can find history of films or movies – how they were made so many years ago, and how they are compared with the modern technology. While growing up, all we heard was Hollywood blockbuster movies and famous actors and actresses on screens which we all just remembered briefly and then gone in our minds.
Well, not anymore. Finding time to visit the American Museum of the Moving Image gives us opportunities to relive and cherish over and over again how movies, animation, etc. were made back then and how they are made now. This is truly a place in Astoria to learn about the exciting and magical world of the film industry.
The AMMI, opened on September 10, 1988, is in the fact the first museum in the US devoted solely to the art, history, and technology of film, video, and television. It was established through the arduous work of the Astoria Motion Picture and Television Center Foundation which raised $15 million to open the museum to promote public interest and education on the film and movie industry. The Leeser Architecture redesigned the new expanded building of the museum which reopened on January 15, 2011.
(The writer Juliet Payabyab is a Filipina community leader in New York. She lives in Astoria and always promotes interesting sites of her neighborhood, other than leading several organizations that empower community organizations and immigrants.
Photos by writer and Marivir Montebon. Featured photo is the famous child actress Shirley Temple.)