At the end of next month, the Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI) will close for a $40 million renovation.

The closure comes from a $31.6 million cash injection from the state government, announced in the 2018/19 Victorian budget last year. A further $5 million had already been allocated by the Labor government, and it's anticipated another $5 million will be raised from philanthropic sources and corporate partners.

Major changes include the closing of the popular Screen Worlds exhibition, which ends on Monday April 22 to make way for a new permanent exhibition. The free exhibition, which has been open for 10 years, has been visited by more than 4.6 million people. It lets you take part in and learn the tricks of filmmaking, including motion tracking. It also recreates the “bullet time” effect in The Matrix.

New interactive and immersive technologies will be installed throughout ACMI, and its Learning Centre will be expanded to provide for twice as many students. There will also be a new Audience Lab for the screen industry to test ideas and prototypes in. And the new Digital Preservation Lab will show both new and old films and digital works.

There will also be a new cafe and bar, and an updated gift shop.

During the closure you can access ACMI’s collections at its off-site locations, RMIT Capitol Theatre and Treasury Theatre.

ACMI is scheduled to close at the end of May and will reopen mid-2020. You can donate to the refurbishment here.

acmi.net.au/renew