1/23/2011 - A movie theater sidesteps this metaphysical question by addressing parameters of comfort and consumption: the size of seats, the circumference of cup holders, the number of steps from ticket-taker to popcorn. But the Museum of the Moving Image in Astoria, which has just doubled in size with a new wing designed by Thomas Leeser, takes a multitudinous view of its subject. Video’s not just for watching, here. Visitors can play vintage arcade games, add sound effects to a movie clip, see ancient cameras, inspect mannequins, and immerse themselves in the fantastical, botanical, throbbing-pastel world of Chiho Aoshima’sCity Glow,playing on a 50-foot screen in the lobby. Oh, and you can also see a movie.

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