Private Events at MoMI
Museum of the Moving Image offers exceptional rental spaces. The Museum’s dynamic new building can accommodate a wide range of events from weddings and bar mitzvahs to private screenings and corporate workshops. See what fits your needs below.
Private viewing of Museum exhibits
Multiple opportunities for video projection
Vintage arcade games and interactive exhibits
Museum of the Moving Image is the ideal venue if you are looking for a unique, modern location for your wedding or celebration. The Museum is available for private events Monday through Thursday starting at 6:00 pm and on Saturday and Sunday evenings beginning at 7:00 p.m.
The Museum's sleek Lobby/Cafe as well as its versatile Digital Learning Suite are flexible spaces for dinner and dancing that can be configured in different ways depending on the style of your reception. Galleries remain open during your event for guests to enjoy the Museum's many interactive experiences, iconic artifacts, and vintage video games. There are multiple opportunities for the projection of custom content throughout the Museum. The Museum's Courtyard space is also available (weather permitting).
View all spaces at the Museum available for hire. For more information about renting spaces at the Museum for private events, please contact BG Hacker at 718 777 6868 or [email protected].
The Museum’s 262-seat Sumner M. Redstone Theater and 68-seat Celeste and Armand Bartos Screening Room are available for private screenings. The theaters offer the latest technology and equipment, accommodating all film formats from 16mm to 70mm and DCP. The Museum retains the right to approve all audiovisual materials presented in the theaters.
All event fees help to support the Museum's collections, services, and programs.
Museum of the Moving Image is the perfect destination for corporate events, conferences, and team building activities. Our existing AV infrastructure is available to enhance the experience with multiple opportunities for branding and the projection of custom content.
The 262-seat Sumner M. Redstone Theater can be used for general sessions, private screenings, video game tournaments, lectures, and panel discussions. Our intimate 68-seat screening room is available for smaller meetings or breakout sessions. The theaters offer the latest technology and equipment, accommodating film formats from 16mm to 3-D digital projection.
The Museum can offer a wide variety of activities including:
- Flipbook challenge
- Scavenger hunt (with customizable questions)
- Team-building animation festival
- Trivia game show
- Epic video game tournament in the Sumner M. Redstone Theater
- Sing-along screenings
- Exclusive curator-led behind-the-scenes gallery tours
- Live demonstrations of professional crafts
- Private screenings of feature films
The Digital Learning Suite can be configured as a dining room for up to 250 guests, two discreet classrooms with projection facilities, or an exhibition hall. The serene white interior provides a blank canvas easily transformed by using colorful tablecloths or optional LED lighting fixtures. The Seminar Room offers exceptional executive quarters for up to 25 guests and features a fixed conference table and video capability.
Our core exhibition Behind the Screen has multiple interactive stations where guests can make flipbooks, create stop motion animations, dub their voices into classic films, choose sound effects and soundtracks for popular movies, and view artifacts from Star Wars, Black Swan, Blade Runner, Taxi Driver, Sex and the City, The Cosby Show, The Godfather, The Exorcist, Chicago, and many others.
The Museum also features a vintage game arcade with classic games such as Asteroids, Space Invaders, and more. Unlimited free play in the arcade is included with a full Museum rental.
In addition to the Sumner M. Redstone Theater and Celeste and Armand Bartos Screening Room, Tut’s Fever is a working movie theater as well as an art installation created by Red Grooms and Lysiane Luong. This 30-seat theater is an homage to the ornate, exotic picture palaces of the 1920’s and is ideal for displaying custom content or vintage short films.
Discounted off-site parking is available.
View all spaces at the Museum available for hire. For more information about renting spaces at the Museum for meetings and retreats, please contact BG Hacker at 718 777 6868 or [email protected].
Museum of the Moving Image offers exceptional rental spaces. The Museum’s dynamic building can accommodate a wide range of events.
Both the Café and Video Screening Amphitheater are public spaces, and therefore only available for rental outside of Museum hours. For more information about renting spaces at the Museum, please contact BG Hacker at 718 777 6868 or [email protected].
Download our spec sheet for more specifics and details about each space that is available for rental.
The Sumner M. Redstone Theater
A state-of-the-art facility—beautifully designed with blue felt-paneled walls and stadium seating—the Sumner M. Redstone Theater offers the latest technology and equipment, accommodating all film formats from 16mm to 70mm, DCP and Digital 3-D. 262 seats.
Celeste and Armand Bartos Screening Room
An intimate space for education programs, special screenings, lectures, and seminars. 68 seats.
Digital Learning Suite
This flexible space can accommodate up to 240 guests for a seated dinner. The room can be configured into two separate classrooms, each with its own projection facility.
The 44-seat café can be repurposed by removing the tables and chairs. With the addition of the lobby and/or the William Fox Amphitheater, this gathering space with courtyard views offers a variety of flexible floorplan options.
William Fox Amphitheater
The William Fox Amphitheater can accommodate 54 guests and features an LCD monitor capable of displaying custom content. When used in conjunction with the Digital Learning Suite, the space—which has a separate entrance—can also be used for the display of video materials.
The seminar room offers exceptional executive quarters for meetings of up to 25. There is a fixed conference table and video capability.
Frequently Asked Questions About Rentals
The Museum’s Sumner M. Redstone Theater, Celeste and Armand Bartos Screening Room, Digital Learning Suite, William Fox Amphitheater, Moving Image Café, and the seminar room are all available for private events subject to availability. Museum galleries and exhibits can remain open during private events.
Yes, with the exception of Friday evenings and holidays. The Museum is closed Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Day.
The Museum’s operating hours are from 10:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday, 10:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Friday, and 10:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Saturday-Sunday. Setup for evening events can begin after closing. Depending upon when the space is required for the event, setup can begin earlier. All events must end by 1:00 a.m.
Guests have full access to spaces in the museum that have been hired for the event. During public hours, guests are welcome to access the museum’s galleries and other spaces, however the admission fee is required. This policy excludes birthday parties, where guests are able to access all areas in the Museum.
Parking is not available on the premises. The Museum is happy to recommend valet-parking services for events.
The Museum is two blocks from the Steinway Street station (M [weekdays only] or R train) and approximately five blocks from the 36 Avenue station Q [weekdays only] or N train).
The Museum is committed to making its facility accessible to all visitors. Wheelchairs are available to borrow free of charge, guide dogs and animals for assisted therapy are welcome at the Museum and Visitor Services and Security staff are available to assist with first aid.
Outside caterers allowed with prior approval.
Yes. All vendors must be approved in advance.
The Museum does not have a catering kitchen.
Yes, the Museum can only hold a date following receipt of a 50 percent non-refundable deposit for the room fee.
The Museum offers state-of-the-art audiovisual technology. If staff are unable to accommodate your needs, the Museum will suggest outside vendors who have worked here successfully for other clients. You may select your own outside vendor as well, subject to approval.
Yes. The Museum encourages you to select your own videographer and photographer. All vendors must be approved in advance by the Museum.
For a detailed list of equipment and the many services available for each space, please contact BG Hacker at 718 777 6868.
Smoking is prohibited.