Five cool things to see at Moving Image

The reopened Museum of the Moving Image offers a tour through cinema history.

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Two beautifully refurbished theaters and a dynamite slate of programming is only the half of it: Moving Image also houses a world-class collection of film props, archival documents, costumes and toys. For legal reasons, we can't show you a photo of the original spinning Linda Blair head from The Exorcist (yup, they've got it), but here are five more of our favorite pieces.

This vaguely creepy Shirley Temple doll
It dates back to 1934, when the six-year-old cutie first became a household name with her breakthrough comedy Bright Eyes. Fun fact: Those curly red locks are shorn from the actual scalp of the starlet herself. Just kidding. (As if such a "toy" required more weirdness.)

A telegram from Orson Welles about a fake nose
When Welles was prepping for a role in the 1959 courtroom drama Compulsion, he would fire off memos to his master makeup man Maurice Seiderman (also responsible for transforming the director into the many ages of Charles Foster Kane). Hey, Orson—ever consider acting for a change?

Star Wars action figures that we'd like to abscond with
These collectable figurines (George Lucas's most brilliant idea, cashwise) were store-bought in 1978, and if that yellowing decal on the R2 unit doesn't fill you with nostalgia, then go back to playing with your Spider-Man crap.

A workable homage to the old movie palaces of the 1920s
Tut's Fever, an installation by Red Grooms and Lysiane Luong, nods to decadent theaters like Hollywood's Egyptian. The best part: The museum screens short films in it daily, free with your admission.

The world's first video-arcade game
Housed in a cabinet that wouldn't look out of place in Shrek's living room, Computer Space didn't quite catch on in 1971. Still, its creator, Nolan Bushnell, would go on to found a little company called Atari.

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