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*batteries not included

April 29, 2017
1:00 p.m.
Museum of the Moving Image

The final screening in the “People Preserving Place” film festival, for preservationists of all ages, is a 1987 sci-fi comedy from executive producer Steven Spielberg that celebrates how historic preservation has made its way into mainstream public consciousness. The film, starring Oscar-, Tony-, and Emmy-Award-winning actress Jessica Tandy, follows the owners and inhabitants of an apartment building and café in the then-run-down East Village. The building comes under threat by a nearby development (intimidation, bribes, and arson, oh my!) and is saved only with the mysterious help of small living space ships.

Co-presented by the Museum of the Moving Image.

Tickets: $15 (Free for members at the Film Lover and MoMI Kids Premium levels and above). Order tickets online.

Ticket purchase may be applied toward same-day admission to the Museum (see gallery hours). View the Museum’s ticketing policy here. (Members may contact with any questions regarding online reservations.)

This screening is part of People Preserving Place: A Film Festival presented by the New York Preservation Archive Project in celebration of NYC Landmarks50+ Alliance‘s “Preservation Month” in April 2017. 

Museum of the Moving Image
36-01 35th Avenue
Queens, NY 11106
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Above: Tenement building set in "*batteries not included" on East 8th Street; Courtesy of Gothamist