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|Momi Closure 'Dangerous', Says Founder
- Film museum mothballed in favour of new centre
LAST week's decision to close permanently the Museum of the Moving Image (Momi) has been slammed as "dangerous" by one its founders.
"It's a terrible tragedy," said Anthony Smith, who was involved in Momi's opening back in 1988. "I want to know why no one tried harder to keep it open. We had the first museum of its kind in existence here in London. It's a dangerous thing to do."
It had been planned that a new, bigger and brighter Momi would open near the London Eye after its spot in the South Bank Centre was relinquished three years ago, but the British Film Institute (BFI), which ran Momi, has now decided to mothball the museum for good.
Instead , the BFI plan to use some of Momi's film history and fun, interactive exhibits in a new Film Centre, also on the site near the London Eye, which is due to open in 2007.
"Momi will not reopen again in its past form, yet we will have something at the centre," said Joan Bakewell, chairperson of the BFI.