Feature Film Program

Queens Drive-In: The Dark Crystal

A birthday tribute to Jim Henson, featuring his Oscar-nominated short and the dazzling 1982 fantasy film The Dark Crystal, introduced by Frank Oz.

$35; one ticket admits one car


Sun Sep 20 7:00 PM

In honor of Jim Henson’s birthday on September 24th, we pay tribute to his work as a visionary filmmaker with two of his most dazzling accomplishments. Featuring a special introduction by Frank Oz. Presented in conjunction with MoMI’s ongoing Jim Henson Exhibition.

The Films

The Dark Crystal

Jim Henson & Frank Oz | US, UK | 93

With Jim Henson, Kathy Mullen, Frank Oz, Dave Goelz, Steve Whitmire. On a remote planet in the distant past, a Gelfling embarks on a quest to find the missing shard of a magical crystal, which will restore order to his world. Using a mix of puppetry, animatronics, modern special effects, and more, The Dark Crystal creates a sense of visual astonishment and majesty rarely equaled in fantasy filmmaking.

Time Piece

Jim Henson | US | 9

In this early, puppet-less film by Henson that combines live-action footage with animated effects, Henson stars as a beleaguered “everyman” running from the relentless march of time and the mundane routine of his conventional life. Nominated for an Academy Award for Best Live-Action Short Subject, Time Piece remains fresh today as both a time capsule of 1960s experimental filmmaking, and as a brilliantly conceived and edited example of Henson’s creativity. This recently completed a 4K restoration of Time Piece is presented courtesy of The Jim Henson Company.

Event Details

7:00 PM
Doors Open & Pre-Show Begins
8:00 PM
Films Begin
All Queens Drive-In attendees will need to enter via the 111th Street/49th Avenue entrance to the New York Hall of Science. There will be no access from the Grand Central Parkway. Please take the Long Island Expressway to the 108th Street exit, and take local streets to the entrance for all vehicles on 49th Avenue & 111th Street. Signs and staff members will direct you to the Drive-In upon arrival.

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Queens Drive-In at The New York Hall of Science

47-01 111th St, Corona, NY 11368

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