Sumner M. Redstone Charitable Foundation donates $3 million to Museum of the Moving Image

2013—Sumner M. Redstone, a film and media industry pioneer and Executive Chairman of Viacom Inc. and CBS Corporation, has made a $3 million gift to the Museum of the Moving Image, which is celebrating its 25th anniversary. In recognition of the gift from the Sumner M. Redstone Charitable Foundation, the Museum’s state-of-the-art main theater will be named the Sumner M. Redstone Theater beginning in May 2013. The announcement was made today by Museum of the Moving Image Board Chairman Herbert S. Schlosser and Executive Director Carl Goodman.

The Redstone Theater at Museum of the Moving Image has been recognized by the public, press, and industry professionals as the most dramatic big-screen movie going experience in New York. Outfitted with an ample screen of classic proportions, the 267-seat theater is equipped to project formats from 16mm to 70mm and high- definition digital 3-D. A stage accommodates the Museum’s ongoing series of discussions and other live programs and nearly 60,000 filmgoers attend more than 450 screenings and events in the theater annually that include Hollywood classics, world cinema, experimental and avant-garde films, previews of the most eagerly anticipated new releases, as well as live discussions with leading directors, actors, and creative figures in film, television, and digital media.
Mr. Redstone’s gift follows on the heels of the Museum’s $67.5 million renovation and expansion designed by architect Thomas Leeser and funded in part by the City of New York in addition to other public and private sources. The expansion, completed in 2011, provided the Museum with an education center, 68-seat screening room, changing exhibitions gallery, two amphitheaters, courtyard (opening in late spring 2013), a new lobby, and the theater that will now be named after Sumner Redstone, among other spaces.

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