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Set aside the billionaire-gone-mad stuff: The succession battles, the fallings-out with superstars, that tabloid tale about his literally-less-than-half-his-age wife polygraphing the help after her laptop went missing. Here’s a case where Viacom/CBS/Paramount/National Amusement honcho Sumner Redstone’s name is attached to something great: The blue-felt polyhedral womb of the Museum of the Moving Image’s 267-seat Sumner M. Redstone Theater, where all week long Queens locals and straphangers alike can behold the great (recently: Chuck Jones toons, Hou Hsiao-hsien films introduced by distinguished guests) and the new (members-only pre-release peeks and flicks like The Boxtrolls and Muppets Most Wanted, the latter introduced by Constantine, Kermit’s evil doppelgänger, and his Muppeteer performer, Matt Vogel). But the theater’s huge screen and brilliant acoustics are best shown off by MOMI’s ongoing “See It Big” revival series, which this year has given audiences the chance to lose themselves in the acres of films — Nosferatu, The Pajama Game, A.I., The Jerk — too often reduced to inches.

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